| Nov 4, 2009
| 4:34 PM
For much of her career, Rihanna was seen as being not entirely herself. From her high-profile signing during Jay-Zâs Def Jam tenure to her steely, minimalist presence on blustery tracks by the-Dream and Tricky and Ne-Yo, Rihannaâs most successful...
| Nov 12, 2009
| 4:33 PM
Taylor Swift made history at Wednesday night's Country Music Assn. Awards by becoming the youngest person, at only 19, to win the coveted entertainer of the year title. Only five women -- Loretta Lynn (1972), Dolly Parton (1978), Barbara Mandrell (1980,...
| Nov 30, 2009
| 9:34 PM
M.I.A.'s "Paper Planes" wasn't the obvious choice to be nominated for a major Grammy Award. The song, after all, uses a string of gun shots as one of its hooks. At a major award gala, one in which the Dixie......
| Oct 14, 2009
| 4:32 AM
The soft whistle of a passing breeze echoed through the performance space. Set on a stage at a distance from the audience, a group of men swayed against a backdrop of Wyoming's hills, as though they were at the mercy......
| Nov 30, 2008
To some, it might seem a bit of a stretch for the director of an odd and obscure documentary about the '80s arcade game Donkey Kong to become the man in charge of the big-budget holiday-season comedy " Four Christmases," starring Vince Vaughn and Reese...
| Sep 24, 2008
On the long list of indie bands that deserve wider hearing -- Quasi, the Ladybug Transistor, the Clientele -- sits the New Year, a mild-mannered group whose songs begin as reflective, melancholy odes and transform themselves into chiming cathedrals of...
| May 17, 2008
MEXICO CITY -- Not so long ago, Latin American artists who spoke up for social causes often risked prison, exile or far worse.
What a difference a generation makes. On Thursday, a phalanx of Spanish-speaking pop artists headed by Colombian superstar...
| Jun 8, 2008
JAKOB DYLAN has been waiting for this moment.
He has four sons, and the older two are inching toward their teenage years. Over a lunch of black coffee in the Hollywood foothills the other day, he said he's made plans to become a stage dad, the best and...
| Jun 29, 2008
THE STAR-MAKING machine in Nashville does a lot of things well, but nurturing musicians who work outside the box isn't one of them. In the 1950s, Buddy Holly was rebuffed when he first recorded there, and Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings spent most of...
| Jan 29, 2008
| 8:55 AM
Martie Maguire of the Dixie Chicks and her husband, Gareth, are expecting a third daughter.
Maguire, 38, announced her pregnancy on the group's Web site Monday.
She wrote that her 3-year-old twin daughters, Eva and Katie, "are very excited to have a new...
| Oct 11, 2009
Last fall, as every fall for 10 years, playwright and director Moisés Kaufman was thinking about the 1998 killing of gay college student Matthew Shepard in Laramie, Wyo. Kaufman's Tectonic Theater Project had gone to Laramie just weeks after Shepard's...