Thursday, March 25 2010
At a time when the rock heroes of the era embodied macho appeal and dressed down in jeans and T-shirts, Bowie’s Ziggy struck an incongruous chord while challenging gender identifications.
Tuesday, March 23 2010
In 1995, Skid Row fell back on the only choice that remains for a metal band with no place in the mainstream culture: they made the heaviest damn album in the world.
Tuesday, March 16 2010
John Pizzarelli is cool enough to be modern but hot enough to be 'old' -- and he knows what he's doing with that voice, even if he's no Sinatra.
Sunday, March 14 2010
With a slight nod from the hung-over record store clerk, the girl stepped over to one of the racks and began carefully fingering through the records on display.
Thursday, March 11 2010
How do you tell the story of Tupac Shakur? One book tries connecting his life, and sometimes his music, to the social and historical climate of the times.
Wednesday, March 10 2010
While following a storyline about the trials of a mother and daughter may not be demographically the most masculine thing in the world, neither is my unabashed enjoyment of ABC Family original movies.
Sunday, March 7 2010
Despite featuring a roster of the UK's most exciting and dynamic glitch, ambient, avant-garde, and indie artists, Benbecula Records closed its doors precisely ten years after opening them. Download the MP3 mix.
Thursday, March 4 2010
You can say that this is just mindless garbage, no different than a Black Eyed Peas hit, but I disagree.
Sunday, February 28 2010
Arrogance is central to Toby Keith's music. Yet it's an arrogance tied to the notion that human beings are essentially deluded. Everyone thinks they're absolutely right, and everyone is usually wrong.
Wednesday, February 17 2010
How do you paint a picture of a melody? How do you tell a story about a D-major-7 chord or a C-minor-melodic scale? How do you make a film about harmonic innovation or the division of a measure into overlapping polyrhythms?
I am choosy about what I eat, but continue to chow down on an unfettered pop culture diet as the last great excess that won’t kill me.
Tuesday, February 16 2010
Hip-hop can, and should, promote the historical and cultural ideals that underscore the value of historical awareness.
Sunday, February 14 2010
There was a time when Alice Cooper was critically savaged, virtually ignored by mainstream audiences, and declared passé by us kids. Fortunately, that time quickly passed.
Thursday, February 11 2010
Love is a dish best served in a buffet. Let everyone have some. Our latest free mixtape features tunes from Echaskech, Fol Chen, Magnetic Fields and many more.
Putting aside the music, the history of the Velvet Underground is marked not by innovation or inspiration, but by frustration and disappointment.
Monday, February 8 2010
Electronic sounds have come to occupy and permeate spaces focused on alterity, from the fringes of academia to the disposal heap of exotica.
Sunday, February 7 2010
At 77, Willie's hair is now down to his tailbone, and you can see his trademark red locks fade to gray about midway up his back -- it's like examining the rings of a tree.
Tuesday, February 2 2010
An economic survey of a decade of concert-going yields an average of positive returns for my dollar. Yeah, Bob Dylan was worth every penny and more.
Sunday, January 31 2010
Welcome to the new Soundscape Mixtape Series where we step beyond criticism. In the great tradition of the mixtape, we are going to present these explorations with their actual sound.
Thursday, January 28 2010
As innovative and eclectic as his music has been, Bowie’s means and methods of articulation also reveal an artist finely attuned to the subversive potential of humor.