Sunday, August 18 2013
Traditionalism is the key to Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, beginning with their devotion to the past -- but it's a past with all the rough edges, those cuts that make us bleed, rendered dull and ineffectual.
Wednesday, August 14 2013
Bassist Stephan Crump makes pop with his wife Jen Chapin, experimental improvisation with guitarist Mary Halvorson, and he's a great mainstream player, too. What can't he do well?
Sunday, August 11 2013
John Fogerty has teamed with a group of contemporary artists to deliver a celebration of his songs and of American music with Wrote a Song for Everyone. It couldn't be a more welcome celebration.
Thursday, August 8 2013
No matter how classically trained (John Williams) or pop-minded (Hans Zimmer) a composer might be, the skill set required for making great movie music is unlike any other form of composition.
Monday, August 5 2013
At once ancient and modern, Istanbul, one of the world's most eclectic and evolving cities, adds yet another element into its cultural melting pot: hip-hop, a music and subculture that has impassioned many Turks -- and infuriated others.
Tuesday, July 30 2013
Will crowdsourced talent discovery kill traditional A&R? Or is it just the boost the industry needs?
Sunday, July 28 2013
For more than a century, immigrants—particularly those from Latin America—have helped forge the cultural identity of the United States. In so doing they've spiced up America's food and thankfully, its music, too.
Wednesday, July 24 2013
$400 for a VIP package to see Matchbox Twenty? Nearly $300 smackers for a regular ticket into the Legends of Summer tour? How much is enough when it comes to the big business end of the live music industry?
Tuesday, July 23 2013
We're tackling death, doom, blackened thrash and black and sludge metal, here; the heavier end of the Japanese metal scene is our destination.
Monday, July 22 2013
Japan has a proud history of exporting some fantastically thunderous metal. This month's Ragnarök is a two-part exploration of the Japanese metal scene, covering its history and an in-depth look at five of the nation's very best metal bands.
Wednesday, July 17 2013
These LGBT "game changers" are moving us all forward, into a world where sexual orientation is no longer the characteristic by which we solely define people.
Tuesday, July 16 2013
Two young musicians, singer Kristin Slipp and pianist Dov Manski, have made an excellent classic recording of startlingly updated jazz standards. Here's how they did it.
Wednesday, July 10 2013
We take a look at how improvisatory genres such as jazz have embraced the one-off performance and how live electronic musicians can incorporate more ephemeral elements.
Tuesday, July 9 2013
King Crimson, as much as or more than any other prog rock band, consistently shaped and refined a unique vision, arguably creating whole new types of music in the process.
Sunday, July 7 2013
As the quarter-century anniversary of the So-Cal ska/punk outfit passes, it should be noted that there will forever be only one Sublime, and Bradley Nowell is the only lead singer that should have ever been part of it.
Sunday, June 30 2013
These explorations of the African-American presence in country music are welcome at a time when country music is treated, by insiders and outsiders, as a purely white genre, and exceptions to that are treated as aberrations, gimmicks or novelty songs.
Thursday, June 27 2013
The key to radio’s survival is to embrace streaming, social media, and other means of establishing a global identity – all while maintaining a presence in your back yard.
Wednesday, June 26 2013
Rarely does a one-off side project generate so much interest a full decade after the band's lone release. But as the Postal Service proved on a recent tour stop in Maryland, the attention is well deserved.
Wednesday, June 19 2013
Many bands aim to evoke the feel of humanity's end, but few bring portentous visions of decay quite like experimental/avant-metal trio Locrian.
Sunday, June 16 2013
Terence Blanchard is more than a brilliant jazz trumpeter. His long-standing quintet is one of the most flexible groups in jazz, and his work as a composer of film soundtracks is distinctive.