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.
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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”.
Cornelius—the Japanese electronic, shibuya-key, and acclaimed progressive pop songwriter—is back with his first non-soundtrack solo record in 11 years. Coming off a tour of his fantastic 1997 record Fantasma, Cornelius is doing anything but looking back, adding more complexity and nuance to his latest work, Mellow Waves.
Every obituary of the guitarist John Laird Abercrombie, who died of heart failure on Tuesday at 72, will mention his first recording on ECM Records, Timeless.
Timeless was the beginning of a long and subtle partnership between a true and popular jazz artist and his producer, a partnership that produced a wonderful recording as recently as this January, Up and Coming, by Abercrombie’s latest quartet.
For over 20 years, Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree, Blackfield, No Man) has been a major force in modern English progressive rock (among other styles), and his recently released fifth solo LP, To the Bone, maintains that genre-defying excellence very well.
In this introductory episode of the PopMatters Progcast, lifelong progressive rock aficionados Jordan Blum and Jedd Beaudoin explore the context and impact of Wilson’s best studio albums to date—including both solo works and collaborative creations—as well why To the Bone is the most drastically polarizing record he’s ever made.
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