| Mar 15, 2012
| 1:59 PM
AUSTIN, TEXAS -- Bruce Springsteen got a few laughs Thursday as he kicked off his South by Southwest Music Conference keynote by enumerating nearly every musical genre under the Texas sun, from jangle-pop and hip-hop to death metal and low-fi. "Just add...
| Mar 18, 2012
| 12:19 PM
AUSTIN, TEXAS -- Sure, plenty of stars and superstars descended on the South by Southwest Music Conference, which concluded Sunday after five days of glad-handing, pitch-making and music scouting by thousands of attendees. There were sets by everyone from...
| Jan 4, 2012
| 11:20 AM
When you cover entertainment, the music never stops. The albums come in by mail every day but Sunday and pile up in the inbox. The stack of albums grows exponentially, and despite good intentions, certain albums get pushed aside, and by the time you've...
| Aug 30, 2012
| 12:22 AM
On September 10th, James Cameron’s epic Titanic will be released for the first time ever on Blu-ray 2D and 3D.
I thought I would commemorate 4-disc set with a 3-part blog on my experiences with the Titanic.
I am embarrassed to admit I bought a DVD...
| Jun 13, 2012
| 1:59 PM
The late Doc Watson wailed over the speakers at the tiny record shop on Beach Boulevard, and like many a bluesman on the road, he was in the midst of a journey.
Watson, one of America's most prolific roots musicians, died at the age of 89 a few days...
| Jun 20, 2012
| 6:49 AM
Every year Entertainment Weekly tips its readers to what they consider “The Best Summer Songs” of the year. I grew up in the 1970s, the silver age of AM Top 40 radio, and understand what a summer song is: “Beach Baby” by First...
| Jan 17, 2012
| 9:21 AM
Back in the early ’80s, New Wave of British Heavy Metal bands Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Saxon, Mötorhead and the pre-Pyromania Def Leppard battled over metal-mag cover space with softer, glossier stateside bands, who proudly wore pop...
| Sep 24, 2012
| 10:36 AM
In 1989, a four-ish-year-old Jeffrey Novak scored the Ghostbusters II soundtrack — his first record purchase. The album, which featured contributions from Bobby Brown, Run-D.M.C. and Elton John, did not change his life — at least not in the...
| Sep 25, 2012
| 10:59 AM
Monty Alexander: One of the great jazz pianists of our time, Alexander delved into his Jamaican roots on last year’s glorious “Harlem-Kingston Express,” which was nominated for a Grammy Award as best reggae album. Beautiful Biscayne...
| Oct 1, 2012
| 8:08 AM
Don't fret if you missed Fiona Apple's show Sunday at the Fillmore. There are plenty of musicians around this week who can tell you how the inside of a tour bus smells.
Pretty Lights at Fillmore Miami Beach
9 p.m. Tuesday, $44.50, LiveNation.com...
| Feb 9, 2012
They split in 2008, but apparently Madonna stayed married to director Guy Ritchie just long enough to absorb his most grating cinematic instincts — shooting in every style, in an addled, shuffle-mode, falsely glamorizing way until all is chaos. And,...