Nearly 25 years after Grandmaster Flash brought his message to the masses, hip-hop has finally gone global. And though mutations like Puerto Rican reggaeton and Brazilian baile funk might have more…

Gustavo Santaolalla


Gustavo Santaolalla has decided on only one film scoring job since accepting the Oscar for his work on "Brokeback Mountain": He'll do the music for Walter Salles' "On the Road."



It has been two short years since Matisyahu married Hassidic Judaism and reggae. But with the March release of "Youth," the rapper-singer crashed alternative rock's barrier and connected with an…

Review: ‘Foo Fighters’


For an encore Tuesday, Dave Grohl wheeled out a song he had penned while sharing a one-bedroom dump with Kurt Cobain soon after agreeing to be the drummer in Nirvana. In his slightly off-kilter…

Joshua Redman


Since winning the 1991 Thelonious Monk Intl. Saxophone Competition, Joshua Redman has established himself as a formidable presence, whether leading an organ trio, a hard bop quartet or a larger…



Auteurs Woody Allen and Spike Lee get grief from critics all the time for stepping out from behind their cameras and into their pics. In the music world, sonic auteurs -- the producers -- usually…

Paul Tollett


To any of the 120,000 ticketholders at April's Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, Calif., it would be difficult to imagine that the showcase barely survived its first year.



Unlike the work of most pop producers, Tim "Timbaland" Mosley's beats and left-field style are so distinctive, you can tell one of his joints the minute it jumps off.

Simon Cowell


No matter how many Kellys, Clays or Taylors are created by "American Idol," the Fox show's face will always be Simon Cowell. His straightforward and, on occasion, caustic manner makes him an easy…

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