“Cooder-White-Skaggs is the legacy express, or I’ll eat a bug,” Ry Cooder (right) told Rolling Stone magazine. The triple bill appears at the Paramount on Friday. Photo: Publicity photo

ARTS Pick: Ry Cooder

Decades after laying down licks for Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band, Ry Cooder remains unobtrusively prolific as a slide guitarist and an album producer. His work with Buena Vista Social Club and Ali Farka Touré has added Grammy Awards to his shelf, while collaborations with The Rolling Stones, Lowell George, Van Morrison and Judy Collins […]

Straight Outta Compton looks at the rise of hip-hop group N.W.A. and its significant role in the pop culture revolution of the late ’80s. Photo: Universal Pictures

Film review: Straight Outta Compton biopic is for real

Inspired, electric and full of the same rawly honed talent that drove its subjects to their creative heights, if Straight Outta Compton were the last musical biopic ever made, it would have been worth suffering through all of the perfunctory crap the genre has produced in the past. Where most biopics lean on the lead […]