Music News & Reviews

Music News & Reviews

Common still making sense in shaping hip-hop

Common may be a Hollywood actor, an activist, a philanthropist, author and businessman, but at heart he is a South Side Chicago kid who grew up loving hip-hop and then spent most of the past 20 years building a legacy as one of the most significant rap artists ever out of his hometown. And he's pretty stoked about a new generation of Chicago hip-hop that appears to be building on some of that foundation he helped put down.

Celebrities

Mary J. Blige explains why she sang to Clinton during talk

Mary J. Blige said she decided to sing Bruce Springsteen's "American Skin (41 Shots)" to Hillary Clinton during her recent interview because she was trying to get the Democratic presidential nominee to feel and understand the widening frustration among blacks in America over police brutality and similar topics.

Music News & Reviews

Car Seat Headrest, from back seat to major-label success

Car Seat Headrest began as the DIY project of Will Toledo, who used to drive his parents' car to quiet spots in his hometown of Leesburg, Va., and record his vocals in the back seat. In 2010, Toledo, now 24, began uploading his homemade albums to Bandcamp at a rapid clip. Shortly after graduating from college he moved to Seattle, got a backing band and a label deal with Matador Records.

Music News & Reviews

Beach Slang is loud and fast, fast and loose

Everything about James Alex's decision to quit his dependable job as a graphic designer and become a full-time, full throated, Replacements-style rock 'n' roller at age 42 made perfect sense. Except one. "My throat was sort of limping," says the frontman for Philadelphia's Beach Slang. "There was one point on the U.S. tour last year, I was face-to-face with my mortality: 'Maybe I can't be blatantly disregarding this thing.'"

Videos

Sacramento-area hopefuls try out for 'The Voice'

KCRA hosted live auditions for the popular TV show, "The Voice" at Arden Fair mall in Sacramento today.
Randall Benton The Sacramento Bee
Sacramento-area hopefuls try out for 'The Voice' 3:59

Sacramento-area hopefuls try out for 'The Voice'

Growing Oakdale silk-screen firm does award-winning work 0:57

Growing Oakdale silk-screen firm does award-winning work

Flight of fancy in Turlock 2:30

Flight of fancy in Turlock

MJC 4-year respiratory degree picking first cohort 0:56

MJC 4-year respiratory degree picking first cohort