Earlier this week, veteran soul singer Syl Johnson discovered that one of America's best-selling albums, Watch the Throne by Jay-Z and Kanye West, uses an unauthorized sample of one of his songs, "Different Strokes," credited to the Numero Group, which has put out a career-spanning coll
I find the news of Steve Jobs stepping down as Apple's CEO particularly sad. In some ways, I feel something like I felt when The Beatles broke up. Sure, I'd always have the band's music, but damn, what a special time. What special chemistry.
Stephanie Manriquez and Charly Garcia, co-founders of the Latin Electronic Music Festival - called “FMEL” from its initials in Spanish - are taking Chicagoans into the brave new world of electronic music.“We want to have new digital contemporary art and music from Latin America, so we created this s
In response to my blog last week, "A Case for Government Funding of the Arts, Part 1," several readers posted comments which decried any connection between the arts and government, even calling for the disestablishment of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).These comments — which I expected —
Older people often have difficulty understanding conversation in a crowd. Like everything else, our hearing deteriorates as we age.There are physiological reasons for this decline: We lose tiny hair cells that pave the way for sound to reach our brains.