Tuesday, July 19 2016
René Marie, like Gregory Porter, writes songs and creates records that have the soul and story-telling impulse to reach beyond jazz audiences.
Wednesday, July 13 2016
America's working poor exist in a shadow cast by the harsh light of prosperity. "Working Poor" speaks from those shadows, creates light within that space, and insists on being heard.
Nick Soulsby’s interview book for completists is not meant to entertain -- it's a 500-page death march.
Wednesday, July 6 2016
It’s funny how a dream, which has its basis in the intangible unknown and is full of fanciful fabrications, can lead to an indisputable truth. Daho soundtracks such dreams.
Friday, July 1 2016
The Allman Brothers band receives attention for its southern rock tendencies, but its secret weapon was, for a time, the country inflections brought forth by guitarist Dickey Betts.
Tuesday, June 21 2016
Prokofiev's The Fiery Angel offers everything movie goers seek: debauchery, religious obsession, exorcisms, devilish abuses, graphic sexual assault, and a variety of horrific effects both musical and visual.
Thursday, June 16 2016
Remember when Mumford and Sons spent their pre-show hours swinging from tires in a lake crowded with fans?
Wednesday, June 15 2016
Their style is loose, but not without form; cluttered, though sometimes spare; common, but not ordinary; discounted, but not cheap; public, but out-of-the-way; historical, but liable to disappear at any moment.
Tuesday, June 7 2016
On what would have been the groundbreaking musician's 58th birthday, a reflection on his final chord.
Monday, June 6 2016
Agalloch regularly melded metaphysical ponderings into its light-and-dark sonic tapestries, yielding a catalog that’s as enticing intellectually as it is musically.
Monday, May 16 2016
Prince's life is over but his music is not, and that music was never just about him, and it was never just about me, and it was never just about you.
Friday, May 13 2016
Quietly, brilliantly, Brooklyn-based jazz trumpeter Ralph Alessi is everywhere at once, defining the music with flexibility and freedom.
Tuesday, May 3 2016
In Madonna's bizarre one-off concert in Australia, she proved that she's still willing to push the envelope with a bold artistic statement. But what exactly was she saying?
Monday, April 25 2016
Charles Mingus and Kanye West represent an extreme form of the complicated-and-proud-of-it black man, within a society that prefers its black men as uncomplicated and untroubling as possible.
Thursday, April 14 2016
Knifeworld mastermind Kavus Torabi discusses the positive rewiring effects of LSD, Gong's late Daevid Allen, and Knifeworld's newest, Bottled Out of Eden.
Monday, April 4 2016
The Life of Pablo is an ideological attack against the pop institutions that continually try to mystify art and control the artist's identity for profit.
Tuesday, March 8 2016
Whether he wanted it to be or not Hee Haw was the vehicle that imprinted Buck Owens into the minds of millions of music lovers around the globe.
Tuesday, March 1 2016
If an iTunes library on shuffle needed a house band, Snarky Puppy would be it.
Monday, February 29 2016
From Van Halen to Dean Martin, some of the world's most beloved "love" songs are actually hideously sinister when you dig just below the surface.
Tuesday, February 23 2016
One of the less celebrated satirists of religion, a study of some of Randy Newman's key songs reveals a subtle subversive at work.