| Apr 19, 2012
| 12:39 PM
Levon Helm was the rarest of musical multi-taskers: an unflappable drummer and a singer who wrung soul out of every note. He also was a terrific team player and bandmate; he made the people around him sound good.
Helm was "the only drummer who could make...
| Oct 26, 2012
| 1:00 PM
Unbuckling the mailbag:
Question: Is this really a big deal? One USC football player changing his number shouldn't warrant this much attention.
Answer: I'll grant you that one USC jersey swap against Colorado at the Coliseum is not as...
| Mar 23, 2013
| 1:56 PM
Lisa Lebak hit a three. Ellen Cannon hit a three. Cannon stepped back and hit an even longer three with such a high, looping arc that meteorological patterns around our nation's capital surely had to be altered.
Suddenly, anything seemed possible....
| Mar 10, 2013
| 4:57 PM
Again Richard Thompson makes the case with his latest album, “Electric” (New West): He belongs with Bob Dylan, Neil Young and a handful of others in his ability to sustain a high level of artistic intensity and integrity in a career that has...
| Jan 9, 2013
| 6:17 PM
That was no ordinary fool you saw driving down Route 219, steering with his knees, both hands cupped in front of his mouth and shaking his head in that crazy way guys do when they are playing blues harmonica. That was no ordinary fool. That was me....
| Dec 20, 2012
| 10:05 PM
Here are my favorite concerts from 2012:
1. Neutral Milk Hotel at Athenaeum Theatre, Feb. 6: After releasing two acclaimed albums in the ‘90s, Neutral Milk Hotel’s Jeff Mangum drifted away for more than a decade. His return stacked up as...
| Dec 20, 2012
| 2:36 PM
Years ago when I was a student at Northwestern University, a handful of executives at America Online came to my class and explained that you, I and everyone we know would soon find ourselves pleasantly stranded on "information islands." We nodded,...
| Dec 11, 2012
| 1:57 PM
You may already know that President Barack Obama's "Four more years" was the top post on Twitter in 2012.
But what was yours?
As part of its annual year-end roundup, the micro-blogging site is for the first time letting users look back to see their...
| Sep 17, 2010
| 4:35 PM
Alone in Autoluxâs Studio 23 recording facility near downtown Los Angeles, Greg Edwards had completely lost his bearings inside his musical structures. For the last few years he'd been sifting for melodies in shards of sound, piling layer upon layer.......
| Sep 21, 2010
| 4:36 PM
Bristol Palin makes 'Dancing with the Stars' debut: Sarah's pride and joy earned 18 points for her first round efforts, which judge Len Goodman dubbed "very acceptable." Less acceptable: The Situation's measly 15-point score. Shape up, Sitch! [People]...
| Sep 22, 2010
| 4:32 AM
4 stars (out of 4) Neil Young calls his new album with producer Daniel Lanois âfolk-metal,â and the description is pretty apt. "Le Noise" (Reprise) was recorded with just voice and guitar, but Lanoisâ sonic treatments make it sound as......