They were iconic players many looked up to. They were music titans larger than life. And so they shall be again. Toronto’s Downtown Yonge BIA announced plans for a 70-metre high mural that will celebrate the strip’s musical heritage of the 1950s and ’60s, with the likenesses of Oscar Peterson, Muddy Waters, Gordon Lightfoot, Glenn… Read More


Drake is postponing his current tour due to a recent ankle injury. On his October’s Very Own on Wednesday, the Toronto rapper wrote that he’s “done everything to power through” the injury “and leave it all out there on the stage every night.” But he says doctor’s orders have forced him to postpone the “intense… Read More


If one gives one’s self the moniker Fantastic Negrito, one should be fantastic. The Oakland, Calif., musician Xavier Dphrepaulezz earns the superlative, both for his novel ideas in black roots music and for his astonishing life story. He’s been a hustler, a hood and a failed funk star, and later a horrific car accident resulted… Read More


The myth of Brian Wilson is that of a man-child, too submerged in his own complicated genius for guile. Really, he’s plain-spoken, perceptive, and unconcerned with public relations. That’s not to say he doesn’t understand the narrative his life has given rise to. He seems to have a familiar and mostly mundane relationship with his… Read More


Bob Dylan and the Rolling Stones at Desert Trip, in Indio, Calif., on Friday. On Friday, Mick Jagger was talking to 70,000 or so people assembled on the grounds of Empire Polo Club in Indio, Calif. He told them the Rolling Stones had been playing to fans for more than 50 years?, and that the… Read More


Neil Young (with Promise of the Real) and Paul McCartney at Desert Trip, in Indio, Calif., on Saturday. Coming together, over the Beatles. For the second consecutive night, Liverpool’s most famous band was the darling of the Desert Trip festival. On Friday, the Rolling Stones covered the creepy Lennon-McCartney classic Come Together, which provided an… Read More


Artist The Who and Roger Waters Venue Desert Trip City In Indio, Calif., on Sunday Is Roger Waters passionate and outspoken? Do pigs fly? Given that the former Pink Floyd leader was the sixth of the half dozen legendary acts to play Desert Trip over the weekend, one might say he had the last word.… Read More