10 Essential Musician-Owned Restaurants

Monday, January 19, 2015 at 3:31 PM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music Word on the street is that rapper Wiz Khalifa wants to open a Nando’s chicken franchise in Los Angeles. The spicy poultry dishes are big in the UK, and Wiz is far from the first culinary-minded musician to run his own eatery. Check out these 10 rockin’ restaurants:     Wahlburgers New Kid on the Block Donnie Wahlberg, evolving actor and former rapper Mark Wahlberg and their chef brother, Paul, joined forces to open this Boston haunt. The... READ MORE

7 Autumn Albums We're Dying To Hear

Monday, September 22, 2014 at 6:00 AM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music Pumpkin Spice Lattes, sweaters and sweet, sweet tunes from some big names. It’s fall, and we’re jazzed for these 7 upcoming albums. From jazz to freak-folk, there’s something for everyone. (Even grandma gets a new Barbra Streisand collection. Go, Gran!)   Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga – Cheek to Cheek (Sept. 23, Interscope)Momma Monster and the long-reigning king of cool come together officially on this album of standards. It’s not the first time the odd couple have... READ MORE

Victory for Love and Self-Ownership

Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 2:39 PM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music WBEZ/Shawn Allee Mirari Erdoiza It was a historic week in politics-- a topic that often inspires hard-charging music. In Texas, Sen. Wendy Davis single-handedly fended off a bill that would essentially shut down most of the state's abortion clinics. She filibustered for women's rights for more than 11 hours, prohibited from sitting, eating, drinking, leaning or even using the restroom. (As of press time, the effort to undermine the filibuster has not been successful.) Then,... READ MORE

Rock takes the (Broadway) stage

Saturday, April 21, 2012 at 2:46 PM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music Industry Image courtesy SongLyrics.com As a birthday gift to myself tomorrow, I'm seeing Green Day's American Idiot at the Ahmanson Theatre. This live-action stage play based on the NorCal punk trio's essential album of the same name (with a little 21st Century Breakdown for good measure) seemed a natural fit for the bombast of that record. Each song was like a little rock operetta. And now, a movie version is on the way. Popular music... READ MORE