Articles tagged music, grunge, alternative, nirvana, youth, revolution

Jon Savage’s ‘1966’ Explores How the Music Shaped the Culture

Jon Savage connects societal changes with the changing landscape of popular music and its role within not only popular culture, but in how it shaped an entire generation’s way of thinking.

READ more
‘Janis: Little Girl Blue’ Avoids the Usual Rock Doc Clichés

Janis Joplin's life and career get the American Masters treatment in a doc that provides useful reminders about her titanic spirit and talent.

READ more
Documentary ‘Presenting Princess Shaw’ Presents Truths and Fictions

The documentary's remix of the protagonists experiences shapes a trajectory, invites identification with her struggle, presents her as mesmeric, self-aware.

READ more

31 May 2016 // 11:00 AM

Empire: Season 2, Part 2

If Empirestretches audience goodwill a little too far, perhaps it can be forgiven; whatever its flaws, it never fails to entertain.

READ more
‘Expresso Bongo’ Is a 1959 Satire on the Music Industry With Contemporary Relevancy

It was a time when teenagers were old, Cliff Richard was young, and the beats were straight from the fridge, daddio!

READ more
‘Under the Big Black Sun’ Tells of an L.A. Before the Kids From Orange County Arrived

They had the neutron bomb, The Masque, and all the youthful energy you'd ever want to muster. What became of the early L.A. punks, then?

READ more
‘Sing Street’ Goes Back to the (Neo-Romantic) Future

Faith in the transformative power of music courses through Sing Street like an electric current.

READ more

22 Apr 2016 // 3:00 AM

The Oxford Handbook of Music & Virtuality

Blur's Damon Albarn and comic book artist Jamie Hewlett created the cyberworld Gorillaz as a critique and subversion of manufactured music. Does it succeed in its intentions?

READ more
Vinyl: Season 1, Episode 10 - “Alibi”

Richie gets sold out by his best friend, while the Nasty Bits sell out a show in a neatly tied up season finale.

READ more
Vinyl: Season 1, Episode 9 - “Rock and Roll Queen”

While the boring murder and crime storyline gets some airtime, we really delve deep into Vinyl's Madonna/whore problem in this episode.

READ more
A Partridge Compendium That Probes Some of the Best Parts of XTC’s Rich Pageant

In lieu of an XTC biography or a Partridge memoir, we take a trip through the notebooks and brainwaves of the master.

READ more
Language Is an Energy in John Lydon’s ‘Anger Is an Energy’

Sex Pistols and Public Image Ltd. frontman John Lydon spills his guts with sloppy but delightful syntax and riddle-like onomatopoeias.

READ more
Vinyl: Season 1, Episode 8 - “E. A. B.”

Lester Grimes gives a valuable lesson on how to write a pop hit, while Devon Finestra proves that celebrities are just like us in this episode.

READ more
Vinyl: Season 1, Episode 7 - “The King and I”

Wise men may say only fools rush in, but when Richie and Zak get the opportunity of a lifetime, it's a rush to Viva Las Vegas.

READ more
Vinyl: Season 1, Episode 5 - “He in Racist Fire”

Kip struggles to find the balance between image and music, while Richie whores out his wife to sign an act in an episode that highlights the age-old battle between genitals and brains.

READ more
‘Miles Ahead’ Ponders Miles Davis’ Lost Years

Ponder this reality for a moment: Don Cheadle needs a white co-star in order to make a movie about Miles Davis.

READ more

1 Apr 2016 // 3:00 AM

The Banjo: America’s African Instrument

Laurent Dubois' biography of one of America’s iconic folk instruments spans continents and cultures. In this excerpt, we explore the banjo's humble origins.

READ more
Hank Williams Is Alive in ‘I Saw The Light’, But the Movie Itself Is D.O.A.

Not even game performances by its two leads can salvage a slapdash biopic that offers little insight and far too much superficial sentiment.

READ more
‘Born To Be Blue’ Props Up the Cult of the Intuitive Genius

This film slyly suggests that even Chet Baker himself couldn’t quite work out who ‘Chet Baker: Jazz Legend’ might or should be.

READ more

29 Mar 2016 // 1:12 PM

Sturgill Simpson - “In Bloom” (Singles Going Steady)

Sturgill Simpson successfully covers Nirvana by lowering the intensity, which somehow deepens the impact.

READ more
More Recent Articles
//Mixed media
//Blogs

Paul McCartney: Pure McCartney (take 2)

// Sound Affects

"Pure McCartney really is a compilation for those wanted to dip their toes in wading pool instead of jumping waterfalls.

READ the article