Daphne Willis seems to be on the verge of something big. Her debut album, What to Say, helped her build critical and commercial momentum last year. She moved from Chicago to Nashville. She surrounded herself with new talent. She began to write more of her own music. And, this spring, Willis put out her second album, Because I Can.
Although widely associated with Europe, techno music was invented in Detroit and its suburbs in the early 1980s by young African-Americans armed with drum machines, futurist ideals and a predilection for Kraftwerk. Artists like Juan Atkins, Derrick May and Kevin Saunderson used whatever technology they could get their hands on to pioneer a cutting-edge sound made up of growling synths and driving dance beats. In the process, they set in motion one of the essential musical movements of the 20th century.
The federal government has decided not to list Atlantic bluefin tuna as an endangered species. No, this is not the chunky tuna you mix with mayonnaise for sandwiches. We're talking about huge, majestic fish that are caught, shipped off for top dollar to places like Tokyo's Tsukiji fish market, sliced up, and sold around the world as high-end sushi.
New allegations emerged late last week that cycling superstar Lance Armstrong used illegal performance-enhancing drugs. Former teammate Tyler Hamilton said on CBS's 60 Minutes that he told a federal grand jury he and Armstrong both doped while riding for the U.S. Postal Team in Tour de France races.
In Armstrong's hometown of Austin, Texas, the newest accusations are beginning to tear at his reputation as the world's most famous cyclist.
At the G8 summit in France Friday, President Obama vowed to "finish the job" of ousting Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi. He got some unexpected encouragement from Russia. That country now agrees that Gadhafi must step down. G8 leaders also discussed the broader changes taking place in the Middle East.
The Tree Of Life won the Grand Prize at this month's Cannes film festival. The movie, directed by Terrence Malick, is epic — and intimate at the same time. Mostly set in 1950s Texas, The Tree Of Life is, as that title suggests, concerned with weighty issues. When it screened at Cannes — it earned both cheers — and boos. On Friday, the movie begins its American rollout.
As rescue efforts in Joplin, Mo., wind down and clean up begins in earnest, tension is building. Residents have become upset by the lack of information about missing persons — and over attempts by the local government to control the disaster area.