It was through pure serendipity that Ed Robertson wrote the Barenaked Ladies’s largest tune. After improvising a song about the world’s origins at a Los Angeles concert last decade, he discovered a few big-shot TV manufacturers were there. Their titles were Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady and they had been dreaming up a series about… Read More


Walter Becker, co-founder of the powerful jazz-rock group Steely Dan, died on Sunday at age 67, according to his site, which failed to disclose the reason for death. Becker, who played lead guitar, formed Steely Dan with Donald Fagen, its keyboardist and lead vocalist. In its heyday in the 1970s, the group scored hits with… Read More


Jason Isbell, of course, is overrated. He is as talented a singer-songwriter as there is on the country-rock and Americana landscape, but for all his comparisons to Bruce Springsteen and Tom Petty, he is seven or one anthems short of that kind of prestige. Springsteen described Isbell’s most recent record, The Nashville Sound, as a… Read More


His new album is MAKANDA in The End of Space, the Beginning of Time, and you could say that Pierre Kwenders is somewhere between those two points. The fashion of this Congolese-Canadian Montrealer is a trippy mash of circling African themes, old-school hip hop, sophisticated Ramp;B and slyly thumping house music. Next-level Afrocentric stuff, then,… Read More


When the conversation was interrupted by a deafening roar, in 1968, the soul singer Bobby Taylor was in his room at the Regal Theater in Chicago. “What’s that sound?” Mr. Taylor asked. “That is a little child,” said Marshall Thompson of the Chi-Lites, the very best act on a seven-band bill. Mr. Taylor went to… Read More


Some cruise passengers will have the greatest soundtrack for Monday’s solar eclipse when Bonnie Tyler sings her hit “Total Eclipse of the Heart” on board. Royal Caribbean states the Welsh singer will be backed on the power ballad by Joe Jonas’ band DNCE for a performance in an outdoor theater on its boat Oasis of… Read More


The manager of the Camp Wavelength music festival, for Jonathan Bunce, when it rains, it floods. In its previous incarnation as the All Caps! The Wavelength Music summer concert Festival and event had its share of weather difficulties. Due to flooding, the event was pushed off its spot at Artscape Gibraltar Point on the Toronto… Read More


In a at 2013, Colorado radio host David Mueller did what many another promoter DJ or recording exec has done before him the gift was groped by him. The miscalculation of Mueller was that his goal in this case wasn’t some aspiring singer who could not afford to challenge. No, the gift was among the… Read More


An attorney for the former radio DJ told jurors that the account of the pop star is inconsistent with another member of her team’s testimony. As the pop superstar cried during closing arguments in court, he asked Swift was smiling in a photograph taken at the time. “Look at Ms. Swift’s face. Is that the… Read More