| May 4, 2012
| 7:41 AM
“This ain’t no … sing-along/So girl what you singing for?” crooned Abel Tesfaye, better known as the Weeknd.
Tesfaye was smiling Thursday because the capacity crowd at Lincoln Hall ignored the admonition in the midst of his...
| Sep 23, 2012
| 9:52 PM
Bobby Womack doesn’t like to be rushed. “Can I do it right for you tonight? he asked Sunday on the closing night of the Brilliant Corners of Popular Amusements fall showcase at the Riverfront Theatre. “I like to do it right and take my...
| Jul 13, 2012
| 9:35 AM
3.5 stars (out of 4)
In the days leading up to the release of his major-label debut album, “Channel Orange” (Def Jam), R&B singer Frank Ocean announced that five years ago, when he was 19, he fell deeply in love with a man.
| Jul 19, 2012
| 6:16 AM
I used to think that the 1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre in Tampa was the most embarrassing name ever for a concert venue.
That's where KISS and Mötley Crüe will be performing on July 28, part of a 40-city "spectacle of spectacles" that launches tonight at...
| Aug 21, 2012
| 7:30 AM
Apparently confronted by a plethora of riches in the past season of Chicago theater, the Joseph Jefferson Awards Committee offered up not the traditional four or five nominees one finds at the Tony Awards, for instance, but a bevy of nominees for its...
| Mar 22, 2013
| 9:13 AM
Soul-fired vocalists Terri Walker and Nicole Wray both sound vindicated when they talk about their new collaborative project, Lady, and self-titled debut album on the respected Brooklyn-based indie label Truth & Soul.
Both singers had success early in...
| Mar 17, 2013
| 3:03 AM
"Make me wanna holler, way they do my life." -- Marvin Gaye, "Inner City Blues"
Karen Houppert has written a book of nightmares.
Houppert, a veteran reporter for, among others, The Washington Post and The New York Times, is the author of "Chasing...
| Mar 4, 2013
| 2:11 PM
3.5 stars (out of 4)
For the last year, Rhye made music under a cloak of anonymity. Who exactly was making this intoxicating sound? The airy, androgynous vocals led many listeners (and more than a few reviewers) to conclude that the lead singer was a...
| Feb 7, 2013
| 3:11 PM
Frank Ocean is that rare artist whom polar opposites — skeptical tastemakers in it for the art and music-industry insiders obsessed with chart position — can agree on. Ocean's major-label debut, "Channel Orange," recently found itself...
| Jan 31, 2013
| 10:54 PM
Aside from marching bands, movie scores and classical charts, sheet music is an unknown quantity to most popular and modern music fans, an anachronism of a bygone era.
It seems like somewhere around the late 1950s and early ’60s, the era of Sun...