Taping my show with the terrific film reviewer Peter Rainer of the Christian Science Monitor and KPCC's "Film Week" - and author of a new collection helpfully titled Rainer on Film: Thirty Years of Film Writing in a Turbulent and Transformative Time - I was happily affirmed in my sense that good wr ... More >>
By now, much of the music world has heard about veteran folk singer Michelle Shocked's deplorable rant in San Francisco from earlier in the week. Almost everyone has weighed in on it and to put it bluntly, her career is on life support.
Billboard posted a cool interview with OC native Steve Martin this week. The veteran comedian is touring with the Steep Canyon Rangers in support of their Grammy nominated album, Rare Bird Alert, and the tour starts in Indio at Stagecoach Festival on April 28. The album also ... More >>
Acts such as Billy Joel, Beyonce and the Dixie Chicks have all sung the National Anthem at the Super Bowl. Now, Christina Aguilera will be added to the roster. The songstress will belt the tune before Feb. 6's Super Bowl XLV match-up between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Green Bay Packers at ... More >>
Highly influential Big Star and Box Tops singer/songwriter Alex Chilton--a power pop mastermind--has died.This needs to be heard ASAP: Jack White records song with Jay-Z.
The New York Times Magazine's Lynn Hirschberg ponders this crucial matter and concludes that Rubin, the Def Jam impresario/producer (Jay-Z, Beastie Boys, Slayer, Dixie Chicks, Johnny Cash and 17,000 others) who's now employed by Columbia Records, just may be the mensch to prevent this Titanic from ... More >>
OnDVD: Shut Up & Sing
I watched the 49th Annual Grammys just long enough to see the Police jam out an extended version of "Roxanne" and Tony Bennett throw out an awkward plug for Target. I couldn't really ask for any more. As far as the actual awards go, the Dixie Chicks were the night's big winners, taking home five awa ... More >>
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Salman Ahmad really does rock the Casbah
There was a time when Southern rock was a reveille for radicals
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Vote for Change and Vote Often
Artists are Americans, too, You Jackasses
And whos a dick? Im a dick!
The right, and even some on the left, would love to shut up Michael Moore. But he aint budging
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The case against David Lee Roth
Michael Moore says the right things the wrong way
The dailies slept while Edison bosss income rose to $503,000 per month
In which you send us e-mails you didnt write about a war you really like
Hitch a ride with the Flash Express
Daniel Ahearns electro-country road songs
Patty Griffin does it her way
Commie Girl in Sacramento
Mouring the loss of a rockabilly pioneer
Jack Ingram needs your attention
songwriter, massage therapist, cleaning person, seamstress, mother, grandmother. Whatever it takes to keep doing what I want to do and not be subject to some power-hungry boss who jerks people around or some company that makes promises it doesnt keep. Id