| Feb 14, 2012
| 4:34 PM
Valentine's Day ideas: Six artful suggestions on a romantic night out with your Valentine....
| Mar 10, 2012
Here are sample playlists put together from my own (admittedly limited) library, each one "arced" for a particular purpose. Then I asked a few folks who can really pick out a tune to share their sample lists.
It's siesta time....
| Jan 8, 2012
For a nation in perpetual motion, to cross the lands that make up the Mojave National Preserve has long meant only one thing: You are very nearly somewhere else.
For westward-bound travelers, whether they came through open wilderness, along the now-...
| Nov 17, 2012
| 1:23 PM
In another era, when musical overload and recorded abundance hadn’t so fragmented the listening public as to diminish the notion of shared tastes, a pitch-perfect performance such as Lianne La Havas’ at the Roxy on Friday night would have...
| Apr 20, 2012
Levon Helm is most widely known for the songs he sang that found their way onto the pop charts during his long tenure as drummer and singer for the Band: "Up On Cripple Creek," "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down" and "Don't Do It," earthy and infectious...
| Apr 25, 2012
My favorite scene in Carole King's long-awaited "A Natural Woman" comes near the beginning — appropriately, since the teen hitmaker was the epitome of an early starter. The high school student born Carol Klein had just signed a recording contract...
| May 13, 2012
"Sweet Joe" Russell, who spent half a century harmonizing with the Persuasions, an influential vocal group widely regarded as the "kings of a cappella," has died. He was 72.
Russell died May 5 in a Brooklyn hospice after a long struggle with diabetes,...
| May 20, 2012
Looking for a stylish read? Here are some very fashionable books out this spring.
"City of Style" (Harper Collins, $21.99) is an approachable field guide to L.A. style in all its incarnations, whether Laurel Canyon bohemians or Mexican American cholas,...
| Jul 8, 2010
| 4:34 AM
This is a longer version of my upcoming Sunday Calendar cover story on the two young stars who play opposite Leonardo DiCaprio in "Inception," the most ambitious Hollywood film of 2010. These days, the term âyoung Hollywoodâ conjures up images......
| Jul 14, 2010
| 4:35 PM
She & Him's "Volume Two" was only released four months ago, but for being a relatively new album, it's one that feels steeped in nostalgia. The light orchestrations bring a genial upbeat touch to even the most heartbreaking of lyrics,......
| Jan 13, 2010
| 4:34 PM
As onstage caveats go, Beth Orton delivered some memorable ones Tuesday at Largo at the Coronet, where the English singer-songwriter kicked off a brief U.S. solo tour with a 90-minute set as endearing as it was uneven. First, before she'd......