| Oct 6, 2009
| 4:34 PM
Organic. The quintessential 21st-century trope ??? used to hawk everything from pesticide-free tomatoes to online viral marketing campaigns to buzz bands with aspirations of authenticity and loose limbs. Forget the whole grain, Whole Foods connotations,...
| Feb 8, 2009
For the last seven decades, Mills College, which will celebrate the renovation of its gorgeous Spanish-style concert hall with a gala concert Feb. 21, has provided a haven for a remarkable number of cutting-edge composers. No matter how academically...
| Apr 9, 2008
The Rolling Stones, as it turns out, are not the only senior citizens singing rock 'n' roll. Another, rather unexpected group is singing lyrics that are more cutting edge and performing on-screen antics that are considerably more amusing. You won't...
| May 5, 2008
ONE OF those golden moments you hope for at gargantuan music gatherings like the weekend Stagecoach Festival in Indio came Saturday night, when the Judds, Naomi and daughter Wynonna, resuscitated their monstrously successful '80s act in what was billed as...
| May 11, 2008
The James Brown Reader
50 Years of Writing About the Godfather of Soul
Edited by Nelson George and Alan Leeds
Plume: 318 pp., $17 paper
WHAT would the late James Brown make of Barack Obama? Most definitely, Brown would say he was down with the message...
| Jul 4, 2008
Stepping to the front of the makeshift stage, she rolled up her essay on "What Independence Means to Me" into a tight cylinder in her hands. "I'm not going to read my essay," Darlene Escalante said, her eyes watery, her voice a husky whisper.
| Jul 29, 2008
On April 5, 1968, James Brown stood as a voice of reason and restraint in a city on the edge of rampage. The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. had been assassinated the day before in Memphis, Tenn., and the sense of outrage and hurt in African American...
| Apr 2, 1989
Rap music is not polite. It's a noisy 'n' crude attack on mainstream sensibilities that has even liberal-minded adults who were raised on the rebellious, outlaw beat of Little Richard and the Rolling Stones asking themselves, "What happened to real music?...