The story of Tennessee music is a tale of two cities, really: Nashville and Memphis. But to count out Chattanooga is to ignore the origins of the Impressions, the long-running, socially conscious soul group that launched the careers of Jerry Butler and Curtis Mayfield. On the street corners of mid-t ... More >>
Jimmy Castor was a smart aleck; a wise guy; a clean shit-talker with so much joie de vivre you had to laugh even when his truth-telling smacked you upside the head. So when he died this past Martin Luther King Jr. Day at 71 near his home outside of Las Vegas, far away from the streets of Harlem he o ... More >>
by Kathy Iandoli
Amy Winehouse (Lioness: Hidden Treasures listening session)
Quad Recording Studios
Wednesday, November 16
Better than: Thinking Back to Black was Amy's final opus.
Amy Winehouse's career was punctuated with demons that detracted from her music, while simultaneously contri ... More >>
Vijay Iyer; Robert Glasper. Robert Glasper Trio Vijay Iyer Trio
Skirball Center at NYU
Thursday, April 28
Better than: Having another tornado warning to contend with.
What's the difference between "jazz fame" and the kind of recognition that gets you on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon? Whate ... More >>
No time even to discuss that shirt. Credit: Frank Micelotta/FOX.Two hours? Really, American Idol? You needed two hours for a results show? And you were still scrambling to finish it by the end? This show's results episodes are notoriously stretched-out marathons, where 30 seconds' worth of in ... More >>
Beware of this dude's absolutely appalling sincere faces. Photo by Michael Becker/FOX.Tonight, we see the new American Idol judging cadre venture to Milwaukee, I place I don't consider a real city because I can't name any rappers from there. (Bon Iver doesn't count.) We open with Steven Tyler ... More >>
These days, there's nothing attention grabbing about rappers who sing, whether it's Andre 3000's amped squawk, an Auto-Tune-enabled Kanye West, or Lil Wayne's upcoming Riker's Island shower room spirituals. This week the canon sees new album additions from one-time Goodie Mob member Cee-Lo Gr ... More >>