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AUSTIN, Texas -- On the last night of this year's South by Southwest music festival -- when many attendees were probably thinking about spending the next several weeks lying down in a quiet room -- Prince threw a party that nobody wanted to leave....
After a hearty "1, 2, 3, 4!" Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band dived into "Land of Hope of Dreams," in which the rocker opened "121212: The Concert for Sandy Relief" on an inspiring note, singing: Leave behind your sorrows Let this day be the last...
Meshell Ndegeocello's place in pop culture has shrunk since her mid-'90s days on MTV. But her talent has only grown. In October the New York-based singer-bassist released the stunningly beautiful "Pour Une Âme Souveraine," a collection of songs written or...
Tags: Sinead O'Connor, Music, Radio, Prince (music artist), NPR
Luck: The Complete First Season HBO, $59.99; Blu-ray, $79.98 The HBO horse-racing drama "Luck" was canceled after several animals died during the course of the production — which is unfortunate because of the loss of the horses and the loss of...
Terry Callier, a singer-songwriter who captivated a cult following with his quietly hypnotic baritone voice and hard-to-classify music that combined elements of folk, blues and jazz, died of cancer Oct. 27 at a hospital in Chicago. He was 67. Callier...
Pop & HissRobin Gibb, who died on Sunday, was a member of the Bee Gees, whose music blending funk and pop helped disco cross over into the mainstream. The soundtrack to "Saturday Night Fever" is a classic of the era....
Pop & HissDonald "Duck" Dunn, the bassist for Booker T & the M.G.'s, died over the weekend. Times pop music critic Randall Roberts explains the power behind one of the musician's best bass lines, on "Time Is Tight."...
Pop & HissCommon — bestselling author and actor — uses his latest CD to remind us that, oh, yeah, he’s also a rapper. And he’s not shy about laying claim to being the best there is. When he throws barbs at “soft” rappers, you...
Pop & HissEarly on in Common's "The Dreamer/The Believer," the Chicago-bred rapper goes after those he believes are "too soft" on "Sweet," targeting those whom he sees as putting too much of an emphasis on singing rather than rapping. Yet two tracks later, Common...
Pop & HissPresident Barack Obama's reelection campaign office released an official "2012 Campaign Playlist" via music streaming service Spotify. It features, among others, Darius Rucker, Wilco, and No Doubt....
Pop & HissCoachella 2012: The Black Keys pushed garage rock onto the mainstage at Coachella 2012 with a dose of blue-collar energy. Times pop music critic Randall Roberts reviews....
Pop & HissAfter two magnificent sold-out shows at the El Rey Theater in February, it seemed Sinéad O'onnor's troubles were behind her. Late Monday, however, O'Connor had some disappointing news for fans, revealing that she had cancelled her upcoming U.S. tour due...
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