| Sep 5, 2011
| 8:27 PM
3 stars (out of 4)
In the increasing down time between Fleetwood Mac tours and albums, Lindsey Buckingham has become unusually prolific as a solo artist, doubling his career output in the last five years by producing three albums. The latest, “...
| Mar 7, 2012
| 3:29 PM
Brittany Howard stomps, shakes, whispers, and roars, riding the wave thrown up by her fast-rising band, Alabama Shakes. There’s the vulnerability and passion of bedrock soul in the vocals, the dynamics of the blues and the fury of garage-punk in the...
| Sep 15, 2011
| 10:25 PM
Here come the would-be blockbusters. The music industry inevitably rolls out new releases by its biggest artists in the fall, just in time for holiday gift-giving. This year is no exception, with studio albums expected from Drake and Mary J. Blige; a host...
| Dec 30, 2011
| 3:47 PM
When all was said and done, 2011 turned out to be a good year for new music and I found that the best of the best was strung out from the beginning of the year right into a late discovery for me in December. Also, I barely had to argue with myself. No...
| Jan 11, 2012
| 1:36 AM
“Twenty-three skidoo, hepcat. You’re the cat’s pajamas.”
That’s what I would say to my dad when I was a teenager and he would tell me stories, in all the swingin’ lingo of his salad days, about the late 1940s, back...
| Jan 13, 2012
| 10:12 AM
The 'Material Girl' is preparing for her big performance at the Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis.
Madonna appeared in an interview on ABC’s ‘Nightline’ with anchor Cynthia McFadden Thursday night.
In the interview, the pop star...
| May 15, 2012
Andy Lee thought he was doing a nice thing in summer 2010 when he agreed to let some people stage their fundraising musical performance in his Braveheart Highland Pub, Hellertown.
Little did he know that the group of bar patrons included a spy.
| Apr 6, 2012
| 11:24 AM
3 stars (out of 4)
This still-green quartet was just a small-town northern Alabama bar band a year ago. Now Alabama Shakes is one of the most talked-about new rock acts thanks in part to some good fortune (an early anointing by Drive By Truckers’...
| Sep 19, 2012
Bubba is back. As a word man, I was most impressed at the Democratic National Convention by Bill Clinton's skillful speech, much of it ad-libbed.
Even President Barack Obama seemed to suggest later that the former president did a better job of selling...
| Sep 20, 2012
| 12:41 PM
Bobby Womack picks up the phone, and speaks what’s on his mind in a voice made of gravel.
“I know a lot of people who are not here anymore,” the R&B great says, “and I wonder why I’m still here. … Not a day goes by...
| Sep 28, 2012
| 4:43 PM
The spectacles we persist in dignifying as presidential "debates" — two-minute regurgitations of rehearsed responses — often subtract from the nation's understanding. But beginning this Wednesday, these less-than-Lincoln-Douglas episodes might...