| May 1, 2011
The intersection of DeSoto and State streets here doesn't look like anything special.
On the southeast corner of the roads is H Town Custom Wheels. Across DeSoto to the west is Beer & Bud Mart, which faces a Church's Chicken stand. Immediately to the...
| Aug 22, 2010
Denim and rock 'n' roll go hand in hand, so it makes sense that indie rock goddess Jennifer Herrema would eventually come out with her own jeans collection, a series of patched-up, skinny-fit, shred-to-hell designs that blend two unlikely extremes: high-...
| Aug 14, 2011
An eclectic group will assemble onstage Wednesday night at the Hollywood Bowl to riff on the work of Joni Mitchell. Oddly, one thing many of these artists — who range from jazz to folk to indie rock — have in common is that they arrived late...
| Oct 22, 2011
| 5:59 PM
Over the course of three hours of conversation at a roadside diner here called Pete's Henny Penny, Tom Waits, the singer, songwriter, pianist, arranger, actor and note taker, will offer the following similes and metaphors, seemingly at random though...
| Sep 4, 2011
In my family, we've never recognized a distinction between happiness and the handling of books.
Books in libraries, books in shops. Books that take you places, and books you can steal from — like Norman Maclean's memoir, "A River Runs Through It,"...
| Sep 18, 2011
On a recent summer day at the Paramount lot, the five members of the group SuperHeavy played along to a recording of their first single, "Miracle Worker," as a camera crane swooped over an assembled crowd of a few hundred and the music boomed. Onstage...
| Jun 3, 2009
Anthony Bourdain didn't invent the chef memoir, but he revolutionized it. And judging by the latest crop of books, I'd say he has a lot to answer for.
In the old days, chef stories followed a pretty staid outline: childhood in sunny France, first job,...
| Aug 14, 2009
Les Paul was often called rock royalty, but for the people who knew the man before his death Thursday at age 94, that term often inspired a gentle chuckle.
Born in Wisconsin in 1915, Paul was a Midwestern jazz man who went on to make high-polish 1950s...
| Sep 14, 2009
| 9:35 PM
Jim Carroll, a poet and punk rocker whose wry tales of rocky adolescence as an athlete-turned-junkie in the 1978 memoir "The Basketball Diaries" resonated deeply with a generation of disaffected youths, died Friday at his home in New York City. He was 60....
| Sep 10, 2007
"And as the flames climbed high into the night
To light the sacrificial rite,
I saw Satan laughing with delight
The day the music died."
-- Don McLean, "American Pie"
Since the dawn of rock 'n' roll, death has been a recurring theme. But for many...
| Mar 3, 2010
| 4:35 PM
Among photographers, he's a rock star. Among rock stars, he's a photographer. Over the course of his decades-long career, San Francisco-based lensman Jay Blakesberg has shot portraits of Jerry Garcia, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Tom Waits (above), Nirvana,...