Daily Archives: September 22, 2017

‘Take Me to the River,’ the Concert Version

Since Martin Shore released his 2014 documentary “Take Me to the River,” telling the story of Memphis soul while trying to introduce a hip hop generation, a number of its featured artists have died, including Bobby “Blue” Bland, Hubert Sumlin and Teenie Hodges. But three other of its featured participants went on to win their […]

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Friday TV: Johnny Paycheck, the Cartoon

After successfully mastering action comedy with his first-rate “Silicon Valley,” Mike Judge returns to the animation with the unusual approach to music documentary, “Mike Judge Presents: Tales from the Tour Bus” (Cinemax, 10 p.m.). It’s a strange hybrid, with live action Judge explaining his motivations — there’s a lot of weird stories in country music […]

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Randy Newman at the Birchmere

At 73, Randy Newman is still writing sharp and funny political songs, elaborate and cynical set pieces about the state of the world and, in between, the kind of stark songs that unexpectedly rip your heart out. At a wide-ranging, two-set, 33 song panorama of his work of the past half century, fans responded to […]

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