Monday, May 18 2015
Perhaps these days our real choice is not between buying vinyl or digital, but between listening and not listening.
Wednesday, May 13 2015
To say that Billie Holiday's songs remain memorable because we know she lived a hard life does her artistry a most insulting disservice.
Friday, May 8 2015
PopMatters talks with Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson about his role in the Stephen Hawking biopic The Theory of Everything, for which he won a Golden Globe.
Wednesday, May 6 2015
The problem isn't that Rihanna's "American Oxygen" fails as political art, it's that we might consider it a success instead of a mere gesture.
Tuesday, May 5 2015
Cover songs don't have to be all that bad. Just listen to what Becca Stevens and Jason Moran have been doing lately, and you'll see.
Friday, April 24 2015
A household name in his native country, Italy has in Marracash one of its biggest contenders of hip-hop.
Wednesday, April 22 2015
There are plenty of good reasons to visit an actual record store besides that one hyped day in April.
Wednesday, April 8 2015
Nostalgia has its uses, its benefits. But is it useful and beneficial when it obscures the reality of the past and present, usually in the service of power, prestige, and making a buck?
Tuesday, April 7 2015
On Billie Holiday's centennial, her influence remains everywhere in music. Jazz singers Cassandra Wilson and Jose James, have new tributes out on Blue Note.
Thursday, April 2 2015
With the 'gratuity' of music fostered by digital ubiquity came a renewed, exacting demand for magic artefacts.
Tuesday, March 31 2015
There was a time when jazz trombonists like Glenn Miller were mega-stars. Not so today, but talents like those of Ryan Keberle and Joe Fiedler make the case that they should be.
Thursday, March 26 2015
For once, a pop artist has rejected the idea of stardom, and as a result, has become one of the world’s most discussed pop stars.
Friday, March 20 2015
After the back-to-back-to-back brilliance of their previous three albums, a letdown seemed inevitable; amazingly, Ian Anderson & Co. raised the bar, instead.
Friday, March 13 2015
Revered English musical visionary Steven Wilson discusses the inspirations, methods, and reflections that helped create his newest solo opus, Hand. Cannot. Erase.
Thursday, March 12 2015
Two unique jazz phenoms of the Reagan '80s -- tapping guitarist Stanley Jordan and falsetto scatting legend Bobby "Don't Worry, Be Happy" McFerrin -- are back.
Wednesday, February 25 2015
For centuries, Tajikistan has seen just about every monarchy, kingdom, religious faith and culture sweep through its land, leaving an indelible impression on its people and music.
Tuesday, February 17 2015
So long as the Academy clings to a myopic definition of what an "original" score is, too many deserving composers will be left out come Oscar night.
Monday, February 9 2015
In 1983, road-weary Texan Joe Ely hovers over gadgets and wires, entering a brave new world of technology. Is he creating science-fiction country music?
Wednesday, February 4 2015
Swiss rapper Bligg, hip-hop's resident weirdo, reinvents the genre through subversion and humour -- and an alphorn's load of smart, catchy tunes.
Monday, February 2 2015
Sometimes photographs tell stories that music cannot fully articulate, carrying in their grain long-gone atmospheres.