Tuesday, November 17 2015
The purpose of this column has been to revisit, reassess and, above all, celebrate classic prog rock, so it’s inevitable we name names and select the best of the best.
Tuesday, November 10 2015
Is it possible that the very idea of the working class doesn't exist in popular music today -- as if it's been erased?
Friday, October 30 2015
A mainstream metal band like The Black Dahlia Murder is more explicit than anything the Parents Music Resource Center sought to regulate in 1985.
Wednesday, October 21 2015
With his new collaboration with French singer Emilie Lesbros, Darius Jones cements his position as a brilliant, model jazz musician in the new century.
Friday, October 16 2015
In his full proper debut album, Turkish rapper Kamufle creates brilliant soundscapes that evoke the vibrant and animated colours of graffiti art, where daisy-age hip-hop meets an Eastern sensibility.
Tuesday, October 13 2015
Even if you've never heard Swift's original performances, you're hearing them when you listen to Ryan Adams perform 1989.
Friday, October 9 2015
Guitarist Piotr Grudziński reflects on the inspirations, processes, and intentions that make Riverside's latest opus, Love, Fear and the Time Machine, another fearless trip into its distinctive and beloved style.
Thursday, October 8 2015
It's hard to imagine an American band that's more inventive, death-defying and affable as Los Lobos. A new book and record reveal why.
Monday, October 5 2015
I first loved and admired Sarah Records not because it had begun, but because it had ended. It seemed to me ending things took much more courage, strength and self-discipline than beginning them.
Wednesday, September 30 2015
This may be the year that sexist music festival organizers have finally met their match.
Monday, September 14 2015
"Hell You Talmbout" and "Cry No More" are a new kind of protest song that reintroduces traditional minimalism and congregational singing into this contemporary moment.
Thursday, September 3 2015
Is there any term in any field that is more slippery or meaningless or that carries such impossible, historically artificial burdens of meaning as "Classical Music"?
Monday, August 31 2015
Black music's spiritual aspect may be a given, but two new books, A City Called Heaven and Spirits Rejoice! go deep into explaining how that actually happens.
Friday, August 28 2015
With Love, Fear and the Time Machine, arriving next month, it's worth discussing why these five tracks make Polish quartet Riverside one of the best modern prog rock bands.
Wednesday, August 26 2015
John Moreland sings tales that crawl through the soil, hiss in the night, and burrow themselves into the heartpocket of listeners.
Thursday, August 13 2015
Recent work from a group of young musicians, beautifully represented by the new Supreme Sonacy from Revive Music, makes it cool again to put out jazz that wants to be popular.
Monday, August 10 2015
Both rockists and poptimists treat music as not much more than a social commodity, a consumerized product within the spectacle of American capitalism.
Friday, August 7 2015
Doris Monteiro, Brazil's "Queen of Radio", offered in 1976 what was perhaps her finest musical declaration with Agora, a now obscure and luxurious treasure of Brazilian pop-delights.
Wednesday, August 5 2015
Minstrel in the Gallery seems as autobiographical as any Jethro Tull album, before or after, and there is a vulnerability and sensitivity that the songwriter was simply growing into.
Tuesday, August 4 2015
Dale Watson wants to secede from country music and all we can do is hope that this is one rebellion that comes to a happy end.