In many ways, the Waterboys remain one of the greatest cult bands of our time, with Scotsman Mike Scott developing a sound that helped bridge Celtic folk idioms into a modern rock context, his songs never anything if not wholly accessible. With over three decades of seminal songs under his belt, Scott has managed to evolve and develop his sound to keep up with the times, but never without that unmistakable Waterboys edge.
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I’m just beginning to explore this concept of duende both in art and mythology, but I feel throughout my being that this essence/ spirit/ possession has been with me all the while in the making of my art and music. I realize, now, that it’s also embodied by so many of my favorite musicians.
For their ninth full-length album, the Malian duo of Amadou and Miriam have a trick up their sleeve.
Not a duo that settles for a routine (having brought on Manu Chao for their 2005 breakthrough Dimanche À Bamako and worked with a great deal of Western artists like TV On the Radio and Santigold on their 2012 effort Folila), some fans were wondering what the famed married couple were looking to transform their blues-meets-African-rock sound that has so become their signature over the years.
Chicago soul singer Zeshan B had come through NYC to perform the single “Cryin’ in the Streets”, from his debut album Vetted, on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert the night before he performed at the Mercury Lounge. A video of from Colbert is below and photos and a couple of videos from the Mercury Lounge are at the previous link. But, before the excellent late show, we managed to say hi to Zeshan and then got him to take a stab at PopMatters 20 Questions. What resulted is an insightful look at a rising talent who defies convention.
Dutch producer and DJ Armin van Buuren has been a fixture on the electronic music circuit for over 20 years. His latest single, “Sunny Days”, is a radiant, upbeat tune, featuring vocals by Josh Cumbee (the video features a dancing mime), that could easily find it’s way into rotation on Top 40 radio. In a testament to his prowess, he has earned DJ Mag‘s number one DJ in the world title several times (in a row). On top of his regular touring and family life, van Buuren has been hosting his weekly trance radio show A State of Trance for over 15 years. As a badge of honor for his years of service, van Buuren held a special The Best of Armin Only homecoming show in the Netherlands in May of this year, an event dubbed one of “unprecedented scale”.
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