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Tuesday, July 30 2013

In with the A&R Crowd

Will crowdsourced talent discovery kill traditional A&R? Or is it just the boost the industry needs?


Sunday, July 28 2013

Latin Music Is American Music

For more than a century, immigrants—particularly those from Latin America—have helped forge the cultural identity of the United States. In so doing they've spiced up America's food and thankfully, its music, too.


Wednesday, July 24 2013

In Defense Of ... Boycotting the Corporate Concert Industry

$400 for a VIP package to see Matchbox Twenty? Nearly $300 smackers for a regular ticket into the Legends of Summer tour? How much is enough when it comes to the big business end of the live music industry?


Tuesday, July 23 2013

Nippon Riffin’: Japan’s Nastiest (and Best) Metal, Part II

We're tackling death, doom, blackened thrash and black and sludge metal, here; the heavier end of the Japanese metal scene is our destination.


Monday, July 22 2013

Nippon Riffin’: Japan’s Nastiest (and Best) Metal, Part I

Japan has a proud history of exporting some fantastically thunderous metal. This month's Ragnarök is a two-part exploration of the Japanese metal scene, covering its history and an in-depth look at five of the nation's very best metal bands.


Wednesday, July 17 2013

America’s LGBT and Straight Game Changers

These LGBT "game changers" are moving us all forward, into a world where sexual orientation is no longer the characteristic by which we solely define people.


Tuesday, July 16 2013

Everything Old Is New Again: Reimagined Jazz Standards

Two young musicians, singer Kristin Slipp and pianist Dov Manski, have made an excellent classic recording of startlingly updated jazz standards. Here's how they did it.


Wednesday, July 10 2013

Ideas on the Ephemeral in Live Electronic Music

We take a look at how improvisatory genres such as jazz have embraced the one-off performance and how live electronic musicians can incorporate more ephemeral elements.


Tuesday, July 9 2013

King Crimson: A Prog-Rock Case Study

King Crimson, as much as or more than any other prog rock band, consistently shaped and refined a unique vision, arguably creating whole new types of music in the process.


Sunday, July 7 2013

In Defense Of ... Retiring the Band Name Sublime

As the quarter-century anniversary of the So-Cal ska/punk outfit passes, it should be noted that there will forever be only one Sublime, and Bradley Nowell is the only lead singer that should have ever been part of it.


Sunday, June 30 2013

Country Music Ain’t Black & White: ‘Hidden in the Mix’

These explorations of the African-American presence in country music are welcome at a time when country music is treated, by insiders and outsiders, as a purely white genre, and exceptions to that are treated as aberrations, gimmicks or novelty songs.


Thursday, June 27 2013

Why Radio Still Matters

The key to radio’s survival is to embrace streaming, social media, and other means of establishing a global identity – all while maintaining a presence in your back yard.


Wednesday, June 26 2013

In Defense Of ... The Postal Service Reunion

Rarely does a one-off side project generate so much interest a full decade after the band's lone release. But as the Postal Service proved on a recent tour stop in Maryland, the attention is well deserved.


Wednesday, June 19 2013

Annihilations Return: Locrian, and the Beauty in Decay

Many bands aim to evoke the feel of humanity's end, but few bring portentous visions of decay quite like experimental/avant-metal trio Locrian.


Sunday, June 16 2013

The Fearless Trumpeter: An Interview with Terence Blanchard

Terence Blanchard is more than a brilliant jazz trumpeter. His long-standing quintet is one of the most flexible groups in jazz, and his work as a composer of film soundtracks is distinctive.


Tuesday, June 11 2013

Hip-Hop, Hashtags, & Hope: The Power of Rap & Social Media in Arab Protests

For the past three years, Arab world dictators have been confronted by a new generation of tech savvy youth armed with hip-hop and Twitter.


Thursday, June 6 2013

Good Intentions but No Imagination: The Schlock of ‘Accidental Racist’

In "Accidental Racist", history is a generic blob, a "back then" that can safely take the blame for vague injustices while more recent history is overlooked in order to soothe one's own ego. 'Cause these days, it's All About You.


Tuesday, June 4 2013

In Defense Of ... Music Festival Fatigue

With the summer music festival season upon us, it's time to question how relevant these large gatherings are as the multi-band concert industry continues to expand to obnoxious heights.


Monday, June 3 2013

Wrote a Song for Everyone: Slim Dunlap’s Art/Roots Marriage

Former Replacements guitarist Slim Dunlap's roots run deeper than punk rock, but he's got an arty flare you might not expect from a man who loves Hank Williams and Chuck Berry.


Sunday, June 2 2013

Tomorrow Belongs to Her: The Art That Rose Against Thatcher

Margaret Thatcher is dead, yet her influence is stronger than ever. What lessons can be drawn from the cultural response to Thatcherism, and can they be applied again?


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