Thursday, April 9 2009
Blossom's music exuded a sparkling kind of elegance and quick wit. Hers was the kind of jazz you could imagine in the really good Woody Allen movies. She was the Dorothy Parker of jazz.
Monday, April 6 2009
As any experienced concert-goer knows, a lively audience can mean the difference between a lackluster event and a memorable night. Sometimes, it’s more important than the band's actual performance.
Sunday, April 5 2009
Editing the original RCA tapes makes the songs on Naked Willie so much better that I’m remembering the reasons why I fell in love with Willie Nelson so many years ago.
Thursday, April 2 2009
Holden Caulfield -- with his sexual insecurities and confused immaturity -- provides the raw meat that Art Brut’s Eddie Argos cooks with.
Sunday, March 29 2009
For people lucky enough to stumble upon the Flying Burrito Brothers, they made country cool. The music's simplicity and emotive directness, often derided and mocked by hipsters, could now be valid, vital and mean something to a modern audience.
Tuesday, March 24 2009
Should I die before I wake, I’d better make sure I’ve already got my iPod / mix-tapes / CDs/ vinyl in order.
Monday, March 23 2009
After the first piece, my friend leaned over and whispered that if you close your eyes, you are easily taken away.
Wednesday, March 18 2009
Songlines has its finger on the pulse of the most important improvised music being made in North America these days.
Tuesday, March 17 2009
Four early and crucial albums by Swedish metal greats In Flames get reissued as part of Nuclear Blast's "Reloaded" series. There's no better time than the present to see what all the fuss is about.
Sunday, March 15 2009
The Maddox Brothers and Rose recorded songs that would be considered controversial even today. But 60 years ago, they were incredibly groundbreaking, and paved the way for outspoken female singers like Loretta Lynn.
Thursday, March 12 2009
Forget the beef, let's talk about honoring our hip-hop icons. Perhaps the best way to pay homage to hip-hoppers is to let them speak in their own words.
Tuesday, March 10 2009
Like these kids, my enjoyment level has never been as high as it was for the crap I loved when I was 13.
Sunday, March 1 2009
Going to Nashville to become country at this point is a little like going to New York City to become the Velvet Underground.
Monday, February 23 2009
Today, LGBT musicians can flourish as themselves, not hiding behind euphemisms and fictional record label biographies.
Sunday, February 22 2009
Quite simply, like the sturgeon itself, Claypool is the Maestro of the Bottom.
Wednesday, February 18 2009
Tenor saxophonist Ravi Coltrane manages to look backward without seeming stale, and manages to deflect his sound off of his father's without either outright rejection or pale imitation.
Monday, February 16 2009
How a young 'half-breed' is reviving a very old, traditional, insular, often ridiculed form of Japanese music.
Sunday, February 15 2009
Biggie Smalls' mythology hasn't afforded him a dreamy endgame à la Tupac or Elvis. Nobody imagines Biggie pulling the ultimate Machiavellian coup by making the world believe he's dead while he's secretly chillin' in Jamaica.
Wednesday, February 11 2009
As much as Etta James used her songwriting and vocal skills as primary sources for empowerment and critique, her performances and image were equally significant in reflecting a public persona bursting with wit, wildness, and sassy radicalism.
The Grammys suffer from the same problem as the rest of the recording industry: thinking America defines culture.