Magdalen Jenne: At this point any Missy is still exhilarating, but “Pep Rally” doesn’t quite hold up to “WTF”, her tremendous comeback single. It’s a little on-the-nose, feels a little like corporate mass-produced music, but it’s still Missy bringing her best energy, which means it’s still better than plenty of other stuff. [7/10]
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Trevor James Tillery is a young Los Angeles singer-songwriter who blends gentle electronics in with his laid back singing, indietronica if you will. Tillery has already earned accolades from Zane Lowe and is about to release his new EP In Moonlight on March 25th. In Moonlight deals with many of the issues that gay people face when coming out. Tillery explains that “this song has been living with me for a while. I originally wrote it thinking it was about someone else, only to realize later that it is really about myself. Perhaps both. I had written ‘Sleeptalking’ prior to coming to terms with my own sexuality and it’s as if I’m telling myself to wake up.”
Chad Miller: A track that nails the balance between evoking the past and pointing towards the future. Kali Uchis does an excellent job as the lead vocalist, giving the song a jazzy feel. Also, the sound shift as the song approaches its second minute provides a nice tonal change before the song ends, almost like the track is cooling down. It’s refreshing to hear. [8/10]
Violinist Dr. L Subramaniam presented his Lakshminarayana Global Music Festival, in collaboration with the World Music Institute, in New York at the 92Y on February 5, 2016. It was a rare U.S. performance, his first here since 2006, for the classically and traditionally trained virtuoso. The crowd at the Y was markedly different from that at a typical event—a sea of brown faces, including mine, turned up (and I believe security seemed heavier than normal inside and with at least one police officer positioned outside the venue).
L. Subramaniam was accompanied by a small group for a mesmerizing Carnatic performance that went over ninety minutes. Seated on the Dr.‘s left was his son, Ambi Subramaniam, an acclaimed violinist in his own right. To the side of the father and son were Mahesh Krishnamurthy on mridangam and Ravi Balasubramaniam slapping the ghatam (essentially a clay pot). The elder Subramaniam introduced each of his pieces, the ragas, explaining the time signatures and the key changes. The first raga was Varnam and it began with him solo, then transitioned into a violin call and response with his son before the percussion joined in. Time flew by during the performance as the rich sonics resonated in the auditorium.
Magdalen Jenne: The most basic song, but a handful of smart production and arrangement choices elevate it from dull to really likable. The horns are an especially nice touch, and lend the track a swampy kind of southern gothic edge. Can’t do anything to cut back on the cheese factor on the video, though. [6/10]