Inspired by Garth Brooks' recent announcement of his world tour, we thought we'd take a minute to look back on our favorite era of Garth-ness: the invention of Brooks' alter-ego, Chris Gaines. Alter-egos help an artist feel free to express sides of their persona that might make their fans uncomfort ... More >>
At the time of his death, in May 1981, Bob Marley was 36 years old, reggae's biggest star and the father of at least eleven children. He was not, however, a big seller. For Dave Robinson, this presented an opportunity. Two years after Marley's passing, Chris Blackwell, the founder of Marley's labe ... More >>
The Civil Wars just posted an announcement on Facebook cancelling all upcoming tour dates due to "internal discord and irreconcilable differences of ambition" -- effectively declaring the end of the band. This is a huge surprise for a duo decidedly on the rise -- fresh off a pair of Grammys and even ... More >>
Here again: every newly announced show for the week! On page one you'll find a quick list of shows that particularly caught our attention, followed by embedded YouTube videos; there, you can check out some of the artists you may not be familiar with. Page two contains our complete listing of new sho ... More >>
Ever wondered if Pink Floyd purposefully synced Dark Side of the Moon with the Wizard of Oz? Or if Johnny Cash actually had the Folsom Prison blues? Gary Graff and Daniel Durchholz tackle these questions and more in their newest book Rock 'n' Roll Myths: The True Stories Behind the Most Infamous Leg ... More >>
The sheer longevity of The Simpsons would be impressive if it wasn't so frightening. Consider: A person born on the day of the first non-Tracey Ullman Show episode is now 22 years old. And if characters from the show actually aged, Bart Simpson would be three years away from being able to assume the ... More >>
Beach Boys fans are resilient, and they'll get over it. I want to begin there, because it's important to remember that the news that recently broke about the Beach Boys' reunion performance at the Grammys is no more than the fifth most embarrassing thing Beach Boys fans have had to deal with in the ... More >>
The Raincoats. Photo by Mike AppelsteinThe Raincoats | Grass Widow The Double Door September 19, 2011 After three decades of sporadic activity, it's about time the Raincoats played the Midwest. This legendary late '70s/early' 80s London band toured the East and West coasts during its init ... More >>
On March 22, Concert for George -- the 2002 tribute concert in honor of the late Beatle George Harrison -- was released on Blu-ray for the first time. The night featured artists such as Eric Calpton, Jeff Lynne, Paul McCartney and Tom Petty playing Harrison's songs and honoring his life and l ... More >>
Josh CheuseThe Black Crowes is playing at the Pageant tomorrow night as part of its "Say Goodnight to the Bad Guys" tour. (Remember, don't bring a camera.) Drummer Steve Gorman chatted with the RFT this week; read on below for outtakes, including a touching recollection of working with Warren ... More >>
Chris CarrollFreedy JohnstonWhat becomes of the one-hit wonder? In the case of Freedy Johnston, whose 1994 song "Bad Reputation" was a bittersweet slice of acoustic alternative rock back when that was a viable genre, it appears that you simply keep writing good, catchy, heartfelt songs regard ... More >>
In this week's paper, Christian Schaeffer spotlights a number of this year's top holiday releases. Here are several more festive releases that you might have missed. But are you really missing anything? Read on...The Pet Shop Boys, Christmas Unlike your grandmother's fruitcake, which is always an ... More >>
This in from Major League Baseball, Elvis Costello will be that previously announced "special guest" at the Sheryl Crow concert on July 11 beneath the Gateway Arch."I cannot think of anything better than sitting in with Sheryl and her band for a few surprise numbers and a rocking good time in St. Lo ... More >>
(Picture snapped tonight at Vintage Vinyl. I asked Matt Harnish if they had any Michael Jackson left. "Nope!" he exclaimed. I'm unsurprised. Other record stores in town -- have any MJ left?) Annie ZaleskiAs a child growing up in the '80s, there was no question that you liked Michael Jackson. ... More >>
Why waste money (or steal) those bogus Thriller remixes when you can get better Michael Jackson reinventions legally — for free? Plus, the history of the classic Harlem Globetrotters song "Sweet Georgia Brown."
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Radar Station mourns the chill of winter lineups
Part Disney, part Barnum, the man who saved comics is all Stan Lee
The fierce and uncompromising Nina Simone could never be contained
Week of October 9, 2002
9/11 was supposed to sound the death knell for irony -- so what's gonna happen to Money Mark?
A new posthumous solo album is a revealing glimpse at Joey Ramone's optimistic final days
Can a non-9/11 benefit album make any noise?
With Sebastopol, Jay Farrar has made one of the finest and most unusual records of his storied career
Baz Luhrmann makes movies -- and audiences -- in his own image
Opera Theatre opens its season with La Bohème and enchants an evening.
Twenty-seven years ago, Shuggie Otis released one amazing record. Maybe now it'll get its due.
Wasp Star (Apple Venus, Volume 2) (TVT Records)
Stung by major-label betrayal, indie-rockers the Deconstruction Plan take their act underground again
Beatle Bob has been on a one-man dance marathon, bop-bop-bopping all over town. But why?
Checking into Hotel Faux Pas
Cashing in your CDs