Where did rap music originate? American academic says it all started in Scotland - Telegraph U.K.
What's holding up those Beatles reissues? - The New York Times (registration may be required)
Tower Of Power leader Emilio Castillo looks forward to the band's New Year's Eve gig in his hometown of Detroit - The Macomb Daily / Junior Register News Service
The most disappointing albums of the year? - The Guardian U.K.
My Morning Jacket in Chicago - "By this point, My Morning Jacket is a cohesive five-member unit that filters even the most ragged traditions through their unique brand of cosmic fire." - Chicago Sun-Times (registration may be required)
Aaron Neville in New Orleans - "Appearing years younger than a man who scored a number-one hit in 1967, Neville's expressive voice, often approaching falsetto range, is well suited to soul classics like 'Stand By Me,' 'A Change Is Gonna Come,' and 'Ain't No Sunshine.'" - The Epoch Times
Lil' Wayne in Oakland - "Unlike his closest hip-hop contender, Kanye West, Lil Wayne doesn't take himself too seriously." - San Francisco Chronicle / SFGate.com
They Say It's Their Birthday … (Or so says Associated Press)
Ed Bruce is 69
Ray Thomas (The Moody Blues) is 67