November 20, 2015 |
African American musicians helped create the music genre eventually called rock. Ike Turner, Wild Bill Moore, and a host of others helped usher in a kind of energized amalgam of rhythm and blues and boogie later adopted by musicians of all colors. But 60 years later, black musicians are not easily associated with whatever passes for rock today. In August, the 10th annual Afropunk Festival - a celebration of what organizers call "open-minded, nonconforming, and unconventional urban cultural acts inspired by alternative music" - was held throughout New York City, with black rockers Gary Clark Jr., Lenny Kravitz, Death Grips, Lion Babe, and Vintage Trouble making merry.
September 2, 2015 |
He's appeared in The Hunger Games film series. He dropped a solid album in 2014 ( Strut ) that came and went. The crotch of his leather trousers ripped open on stage recently. Except for all that, what has Lenny Kravitz done for you lately? Luckily, Kravitz - a surprising 51 years old - has banked enough funky, rock-soul hits in his career (starting with 1989's "Let Love Rule") that he didn't necessarily need new stuff when he hit the humid Mann Center on Sunday night. And for better or worse, wouldn't anything new have sounded like everything he's done?
February 4, 2015 |
For years, we have asked people to explain why a groundhog named Punxsutawney Phil has meteorological authority. Some studies show that his prognostications are little better than random. Anyway, on Monday, Phil said we're going to have six more weeks of winter. Which is more or less right, because he said so on Feb. 2 and the last day of winter is March 19. Good one, Phil! Oh, but look: Staten Island Chuck , Phil's woodchucky rival up north, says we'll have a short winter!
December 26, 2011
Conan (11 p.m., TBS) - Tom Hanks; BBQ chef Myron Mixon. Late Show With David Letterman (11:35 p.m., CBS3) - Katie Holmes; stupid human tricks; Gov. Rick Perry (R-Texas); Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds. The Tonight Show With Jay Leno (11:35 p.m., NBC10) - Dana Carvey; Jason Reitman; Lenny Kravitz. Jimmy Kimmel Live (midnight, 6ABC) - Regis Philbin; Paul Anka performs.
January 31, 2008 |
Audiences have seen musician and fashion plate Lenny Kravitz through many styles since 1989, tonsorially (the straight hair was weird, we dug the long dreads) and sartorially (love the bell-bottoms, please no more fringe). Yet musically, Kravitz has stayed mostly the same, save for some funky variations. He's been a cocky rocker and a swaggering, crooning balladeer whose lyrics were plain but passably anthemic. At his start, his sound was like John Lennon-meets-Elvis Costello, and ever since he's done some psychedelic shacking up a la Sly & the Family Hendrix.