Wednesday, July 23 2014
Ukraine was once considered the musical heartland of the Russian Empire, its culture thriving between the cracks of various powerful and competing empires.
Tuesday, July 15 2014
Smoke Sessions Records is doing it old-school: recording the best musicians in New York playing mainstream jazz that cooks.
Friday, July 11 2014
Women in jazz can sing about their same-sex experiences, while men tend to stay deeply in the closet. Odd, considering the genre once embraced such dalliances.
Thursday, July 10 2014
In evaluating what makes a great film score, writers, composers, and listeners must ask themselves if the function of cinematic music limits the form it has to take.
Wednesday, July 9 2014
Parenthood comes with a lot of change, and a lot of decisions to be made, including this one: What’s your musical strategy?
Wednesday, July 2 2014
A furious mix of hip-hop beats, Arabic primal screams and punk-rock guitars, Taha brilliantly battles against the ideologies of both Western and Arab traditions.
Tuesday, June 24 2014
The 2014 FIFA World Cup theme song highlights one of the worst trends in a global society: culture boiled down to a sort of triumphant universal human-ness.
Monday, June 23 2014
The record industry makes huge efforts to reissue rock CDs, but nowhere near as much effort for hip-hop CDs.
Friday, June 20 2014
Some bands echoed the Dead Kennedys' anti-Moral Majority messages; others embodied right-wing religion.
Thursday, June 19 2014
Time (The Revelator) conjures a hazy post-millennial American dream of disappointment and ambition that's disturbed by what it sees and hears.
Wednesday, June 18 2014
South African jazz singer Nicky Schrire has made three tremendous records, but she isn't well known. That ought to change.
Thursday, June 12 2014
Still Life's narrative borders on Shakespearean levels of romantic tragedy and social commentary, making it the most poetic and philosophical in Opeth’s catalogue.
Tuesday, June 10 2014
Two critical catfights are claiming to have buried art-forms which have shaped our civilisation for decades and centuries apiece. Are they entitled to do that?
Wednesday, June 4 2014
Living out of step fits right in with Dondero's songs of tough and kindhearted outcasts, eccentrics and survivors who live out of sight, but in plain sight.
Thursday, May 29 2014
Riot grrrls wrote, recorded and produced a wealth of cultural objects. They left trails of scribbles, screams and lipstick traces in MP3 blogs and online archives, awaiting release.
Wednesday, May 21 2014
Bollywood stars are essential to the cultural identity of India, but their involvement in the 2014 election have some questioning the wisdom of the "Bollywood-ification" of politics.
Monday, May 19 2014
You just want to drive fast and listen to your favorite song. Your "smart" car may have other ideas. Welcome to the future.
Friday, May 16 2014
Artists feed off their fans. Fans feed off the artists. A good live performance leaves the spirit relieved of its hunger. Hear that, Chvrches?
Wednesday, May 14 2014
It's no secret that American Idol has had LGB contestants before, but the show seemed to adopt a "don't ask, don't tell" policy up until this season, until M. K. Nobilette.
Friday, May 9 2014
From Biblical epics to run-of-the-mill rom-coms, Notes on Celluloid takes a look at (and listen to) some of the strongest film music of 2014 thus far.