| Mar 20, 2012
| 1:05 PM
Suddenly it's all over but for the post-mortems. According to my notebook, I saw 40 bands in the course of 3.3 days at the South By Southwest music festival. There is no way to sift that volume of information and impressions with much authority. There are...
| Mar 24, 2012
| 6:58 AM
In some ways, it was just like 1974. Two guitar-slinging rock bands -- one British, one American -- cranking up the nasty distortion and battering an arena packed with hard-partying, fist-pumping fans.
Unlike '74, though, there wasn't thick, weedy...
| Apr 1, 2012
| 4:26 PM
3.5 stars (out of 4)
Mac Rebennack has been making records since the ‘60s and has been a revered figure in New Orleans music for just as long. In reinventing himself as Dr. John, he took the city’s funk tradition deeper into the swamp of...
| Jan 10, 2012
| 8:46 AM
Just as winter begins to bum everyone out with its dropping temperatures and dark-by-4:30-p.m. routine, the newly liberated Coachella lineup has us daydreaming of spring and a weekend trip to the west coast. Seemingly every year, Coachella sets the...
| Oct 19, 2012
| 11:26 AM
Before hooking up with Cadillac Sky, David Mayfield, a native of Kent, Ohio, was a bluegrass prodigy from a family of musicians (his sister is singer Jessica Lea Mayfield). His debut solo album, simply titled The David Mayfield Parade, highlights...
| May 16, 2012
| 8:12 AM
"Rock 'n' roll will never die," sang Neil Young in 1979. Lately, though, it seems to be in a coma.
How else to describe the sad state of rock? The Billboard charts are filled with pop acts, rappers and country singers. Even sugary boy-bands have re-...
| Jun 4, 2012
| 6:17 AM
LOS ANGELES -- Johnny Depp brought the biggest star power to the MTV Movie Awards on Sunday, taking the stage to play guitar while he was honored for his acting career.
Aerosmith's Joe Perry and Stephen Tyler presented the MTV Generation Award to Depp,...
| Jun 8, 2012
Can someone put me in touch with the person in charge of the "Sons of Anarchy"soundtrack? It seems Grace Potter and the Nocturnals had the gritty show's fifth season in mind when they were recording their latest, 'The Lion The Beast The Beat.'
| Jul 2, 2012
| 6:10 AM
Summer is when the area's performing arts centers announce their fall schedules. The Peninsula's two main centers -- The Ferguson Center for the Arts and The American Theatre in Hampton -- have plenty of interesting shows heading our way.
As my colleague...
| Feb 20, 2012
| 8:55 PM
Man, those judges on “The Voice” did some major work tonight, scooping up more talented hopefuls as we endured (enjoyed?) another week of blind auditions. I seem to have forgotten that this show is a marathon, not a sprint – but we&...
| Aug 3, 2012
| 10:54 AM
The Lollapalooza Music Festival kicks off Friday in Chicago, and the Tribune will have full coverage. If you aren't sure which bands to see on the festival's first day, allow Tribune music critic Greg Kot to offer up some picks for must-see acts:...