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Wednesday, January 23 2008

Bass Makes the World Go ‘Round

As Hamsa Lila knows, the heart and soul of trance lies in the passionate intensity performed by its players.


Sunday, January 20 2008

One Step Forward, Two Steps Back (A Eulogy for the E Street Sound)

When it comes to his work with the E Street Band, Springsteen seems to have tempered or even jettisoned other songwriting trademarks, such as the sense of place that informed so many of his songs.


Wednesday, January 16 2008

Restoring Intellectual Day

It rankles my sensibilities that great music is considered "timeless" and therefore Handel's music still "means" today whatever it was it meant in his own time.


Tuesday, January 15 2008

101 Hip-Hop Albums of 2007

A hundred and one reasons why hip-hop is not dead, say these three opinionators.


Monday, January 7 2008

DJing the Weather Report

What is the sound of flowers blooming? How does one match an oncoming storm with sonic accuracy?


Thursday, January 3 2008

For the Love of the Art

How cool is it to go to the "Self Help" section of a bookstore and get a book with life lessons from N.W.A., Little Brother, and Ghostface Killah?


Wednesday, January 2 2008

The Gap: Paul Bley

Paul Bley seems to be that rare jazz musician who has made a romance with the avant-garde seem easy on the ears.


Tuesday, December 18 2007

The Redistribution & Revival of Roots

Like the roots of old and those of new, music flows stream-like from the hearts of these artists into an ocean of humanity.


Sunday, December 16 2007

In Through the Outré Door

At the beginning of 2007 as the metal albums started pouring in, it quickly became abundantly clear that two record labels were going to stand head and shoulders above the rest of the pack.


Monday, December 10 2007

Viva ‘Wild Style’

Wild Style confirms what we now know for a fact: hip-hop wanted to and succeeded in blowing up. No one in the cast/ crew/ generation could conceive what it meant to go pop.


Sunday, December 9 2007

Young Upstarts and Wily Veterans

If you thought Satan couldn't invent a few new rides for you, you obviously forgot that he's got all the time in the world and plenty of cheap labor -- and other thoughts on the 2007 roots music scene.


Wednesday, December 5 2007

Schroeder’s Dilemma: The Christmas Carol, as Lucy Likes It

The Christmas carol is neither high art nor popular claptrap; it is neither austerely sacred nor tritely popular; it is both timeless and timely, traditional and modern.


Monday, December 3 2007

Mic’d Up

Karaoke: Those who can't, do anyway; those who wish they could, only watch in mute rapture.


Tuesday, November 27 2007

Business is Still Good: Inside Megadeth’s Warchest

With 11 studio albums behind them, including the very good United Abominations this past summer, Megadeth's sound has become so ubiquitous that it's easy to forget just how unique they sounded when they started making waves in the metal scene more than two decades ago.


Tuesday, November 20 2007

Big Brass at the Disco

Shantel has accomplished the most daunting task imaginable in this genre: making an accessible pop record with tubas, trumpets and dumbeks, and our response remains among the greatest of human pleasures: we dance.


Wednesday, November 14 2007

A Laughing Dilemma, Revealed

Jazz and its fans have grown all too serious. The genre could use a clown prince or two.


Thursday, November 8 2007

Yo! Your TV Raps: Hip-Hop on US Television

Hip-hop's TV exposure has been strong, giving us a mixture of critique, celebrity, and celebration. Who, in the '80s, would've guessed that hip-hop would have such cultural presence?


Monday, November 5 2007

Don’t Know Much About History

As Lupe Fiasco learned in a recent faux pas, what you don't know won't scare you – until somebody calls you out.


Thursday, October 25 2007

A Righteous Boy’s Hip-Hop Journey Through Babeland

Songs, more songs -- the prolific singer-songwriter and musician Ani Difranco keeps coming up with them. Here's some help for finding the best of Difranco, especially if you also like De La Soul.


Tuesday, October 23 2007

Scene, Should Be Heard

The Second City has some first-rate music scenes. So listen up, New York.


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