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.
Thursday, May 8 2014
Steve Howe and his Yes bandmates are obviously driven by a desire, perhaps an obsession, to measure up favorably, and to improve upon what they’ve already achieved.
Wednesday, May 7 2014
Saxophonist Craig Handy has a killer new band that combines the jazz-funk of Jimmy Smith with a New Orleans second line groove.
Tuesday, April 29 2014
Jason Isbell delivered one of the strongest records in 2013, and in doing so, he helped redefine the parameters of Americana.
Thursday, April 24 2014
There's no modern prog musician whose approaches, innovations, and reinventions are as multifaceted, brave, intricate, and original as those of Devin Townsend.
Tuesday, April 22 2014
The cassette tape is a miniature monument to a lost age of music; a small casket in which to hide memories and last hopes.
Tuesday, April 15 2014
With the news that the singer-songwriter has passed, it's time to look back on someone Bob Dylan once dubbed 'The Greatest Living Songwriter'.
Monday, April 7 2014
There are times when you hear Kurt Cobain sing that you believe no other voice has ever told the truth about suffering. But it's more complicated than that, isn't it?
Thursday, April 3 2014
French pop's most peculiar figure has been baffling and delighting audiences for decades with her challenging blend of global music styles.
Thursday, March 27 2014
As protests continue to rage in Venezuela, a traditional Venezuelan spirit is on display. It is thoughtful and reflective, yet opaque. It might be best understood through the music.
Thursday, March 20 2014
Forgotify serves as an entry into an internet wormhole, into the many songs that streaming listeners forgot, and it shows us a lot about our habits in the process.