TV Review: “Genius: Aretha”

TV Review: “Genius: Aretha”

I watched the Aretha Franklin bio-series on NatGeo this week and didn’t love it. I have nothing bad to say about Cynthia Erivo’s performance as Aretha. I’ve admired her work in “Harriet” and “Bad Times at the El Royale,” and...
POTD: The Best

POTD: The Best

Here’s a piece of classic rock history I was unaware of until recently. It’s about what may have been the shortest-lived supergroup ever: The Best. The members included Joe Walsh (The Eagles), John Entwistle (The Who), Keith Emerson (ELP), Jeff...
Chick Corea

Chick Corea

I’m saddened to hear of the death of keyboard legend Chick Corea at the age of 79. I hadn’t even heard of him until I went away to college in 1975 and started working at the campus radio station, WUSB. It was there that my ears were opened to all sorts of...
POTD: Tim Minchin

POTD: Tim Minchin

Tim Minchin is a brilliant singer/songwriter whose work I have been a fan of for at least a decade. It’s not easy remaining topical, funny, and entertaining while also not-so-subtly promoting skepticism and atheism, but Minchin pulls it off like a direct...
Bruce Springsteen’s “Letter To You”

Bruce Springsteen’s “Letter To You”

“Letter To You” is a documentary about the making of Bruce Springsteen’s latest album, his first with the E Street Band since 2014. Much of the project was inspired by the recent death of George Theiss, a bandmate of Springsteen’s in The...
Movie Review: A Harry Chapin Documentary

Movie Review: A Harry Chapin Documentary

Harry Chapin was a singer, songwriter, and activist whose motto was, “When In Doubt, Do Something.” He was also one of music’s greatest storytellers, a fact that his contemporaries Billy Joel and Bruce Springsteen attest to in this documentary about...