Tuesday, July 21 2015
Hip-hop, free speech and misogyny at North by Northeast.
Monday, July 20 2015
At a time when mainstream country music is perceived as too pop, Musgraves has the potential to bring it back to the basics -- and in a progressive fashion, too.
Friday, July 17 2015
A new box set of Miles Davis' appearance at the Newport Jazz Festival remind us of his restless need to evolve -- and several new records remind us of how his later styles live on.
Wednesday, July 8 2015
There is a large community of alt-black folks out there, and Afropunk has given them a big tent to party under.
Tuesday, June 23 2015
Exploring the realms of African mysticism, Pharoah Sanders walks an extraordinary path through the hinterland of jazz music's otherworld.
Thursday, June 18 2015
The music constantly shifts and moves in Steve Coleman and the Council of Balance's Synovial Joints, flexing one set of instruments against another in a creative tension.
Thursday, June 11 2015
A decade after its release, Coheed and Cambria's third full-length album remains the group's highest benchmark, as well as one of the genre's best modern albums.
Monday, June 8 2015
Bob Dylan's current show is a book musical without the book, crafted by the American Shakespeare.
Monday, May 18 2015
Perhaps these days our real choice is not between buying vinyl or digital, but between listening and not listening.
Wednesday, May 13 2015
To say that Billie Holiday's songs remain memorable because we know she lived a hard life does her artistry a most insulting disservice.
Friday, May 8 2015
PopMatters talks with Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson about his role in the Stephen Hawking biopic The Theory of Everything, for which he won a Golden Globe.
Wednesday, May 6 2015
The problem isn't that Rihanna's "American Oxygen" fails as political art, it's that we might consider it a success instead of a mere gesture.
Tuesday, May 5 2015
Cover songs don't have to be all that bad. Just listen to what Becca Stevens and Jason Moran have been doing lately, and you'll see.
Friday, April 24 2015
A household name in his native country, Italy has in Marracash one of its biggest contenders of hip-hop.
Wednesday, April 22 2015
There are plenty of good reasons to visit an actual record store besides that one hyped day in April.
Wednesday, April 8 2015
Nostalgia has its uses, its benefits. But is it useful and beneficial when it obscures the reality of the past and present, usually in the service of power, prestige, and making a buck?
Tuesday, April 7 2015
On Billie Holiday's centennial, her influence remains everywhere in music. Jazz singers Cassandra Wilson and Jose James, have new tributes out on Blue Note.
Thursday, April 2 2015
With the 'gratuity' of music fostered by digital ubiquity came a renewed, exacting demand for magic artefacts.
Tuesday, March 31 2015
There was a time when jazz trombonists like Glenn Miller were mega-stars. Not so today, but talents like those of Ryan Keberle and Joe Fiedler make the case that they should be.
Thursday, March 26 2015
For once, a pop artist has rejected the idea of stardom, and as a result, has become one of the world’s most discussed pop stars.