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It was April 1978, and singer Judy Collins hadn't had an inspirational thought in four years. She'd been an alcoholic for 23 years — "and I was proud of it." She'd toured and made records, but she knew the ride she was on — her father had...
Los Angeles Times Book CriticI've long considered Ellen Willis something of a hero. I hope I live longer than she did (Willis died in 2006, at 64), but otherwise, it's an exemplary life. She was the first pop music critic of the New Yorker, writing 56 pieces for the magazine from...
Set an out-of-towner loose to roam the Los Angeles area between West Hollywood and Koreatown and what can you expect? A food-truck overdose, perhaps. Or the bold suggestion that we extend our subway system westward. (Hey, we're working on it.) Or maybe...
Saturday night, the Twin Cities band God Johnson will do a live re-creation of Talking Heads' “Stop Making Sense,” a film known for its energy. So people who show up had better be prepared to sweat. “Just bring your dancing shoes. You're in for a really...
Donna Summer was typecast as the disco-era “bad girl,” the diva who was too salty and sexual for some radio stations to play in the ‘70s. But she was also a musical revolutionary, a versatile singer who created a radical new template for...
Tags: Fine Artists, Disco (genre), Brian Eno, Arts and Culture, Radio
The Alabama Shakes’ first album, "Boys & Girls," is an electric jolt that anyone who loves blues-based rock music should track down immediately. Consisting of three men and one young explosion named Brittany Howard on vocals and guitar, the group,...
Tags: Arts and Culture, Entertainment, Music, Otis Redding, Bob Marley
Every spring, I listen to the Grateful Dead with fresh ears, not to the exclusion of everything else, but close to it. (I'm not alone in this. How many people in the Northeast associate the Dead's music with thaw, both literal and spiritual?) Despite...
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dick Clark, the ever-youthful television host and tireless entrepreneur who helped bring rock 'n' roll into the mainstream on "American Bandstand," and later produced and hosted a vast range of programming from game shows to the...
firstname.lastname@example.orgSince she began singing more than 25 years ago, Lana "Shawty" Spence has gotten use to being compared to Janis Joplin — the rock icon who has gone to the big concert hall in the sky. With vocals that are powerful and bluesy, Spence understands...
Channel 2 NewsIditarod mushers cover long distances across some of the most beautiful terrain imaginable. But even great beauty can become monotonous when you are riding or pushing at the back of a column of dogs for a thousand miles. To overcome the burden of...
The second week of battle rounds on NBC’s “The Voice” brought a slew of questionable fashion decisions and equally questionable song choices. But “questionable” doesn’t always mean less delightful. Twelve contestants...
The Baltimore SunI haven't watched a Grammy telecast all the way through in quite awhile. As much as I love the great TV-music moments when they happen, there haven't been enough of them lately to keep me tuned in when all the wretched excess, bizarre productions and...
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