The Year in Music: April 2010

M.I.A’s controversial music video for “Born Free” is released. In the clip, violence against red-haired people is used as a metaphor for racist hatred throughout the world.


Sublime gets back together, with new lead singer Rome, and plans a world tour.


The former lead singer of Poison, Bret Michaels, is rushed to the hospital twice, once for an emergency appendectomy, and also after suffering a brain hemorrhage.


At the 45th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards, Carrie Underwood becomes the first female to win the Entertainer Of The Year honor twice, after her 2009 and 2010 wins.


Gorillaz, La Roux, Jay-Z, Sleigh Bells, deadmau5, Corinne Bailey Rae, Muse, MGMT, Sia, Tokyo Police Club, Phoenix, Pavement, and Florence + The Machine perform at the 11th Annual Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. However, many artists, including Mos Def, Gary Numan, Shaun Rider, Bad Lieutenant, and Frightened Rabbit had to cancel their appearances due to Europe’s flight ban following the eruption of a volcano in Iceland.


The popular musical TV show Glee airs its “The Power Of Madonna” episode. The resulting EP of the cast’s covers debuts at No.1 on Billboard 200 album chart. “Like A Prayer”, downloaded more than 87,000 times, proves to be the record’s most popular single.


New album releases this month included Slash by Slash, Nobody’s Daughter by Hole, Congratulations by MGMT, Jason Castro by Jason Castro, Rise Up by Cypress Hill, and B.o.B Presents: The Adventures of Bobby Ray by B.o.B.


The soundtrack to Iron Man 2 is released. The album is comprised of only AC/DC tracks, despite the fact that only songs from it appeared in the movie.


Musician and former manager of The Sex Pistols, Malcom McLaren dies from mesothelioma at age 64.





Dancing in the Street: Our 25 Favorite Motown Singles

Detroit's Motown Records will forever be important as both a hit factory and an African American-owned label that achieved massive mainstream success and influence. We select our 25 favorite singles from the "Sound of Young America".


The Durutti Column's 'Vini Reilly' Is the Post-Punk's Band's Definitive Statement

Mancunian guitarist/texturalist Vini Reilly parlayed the momentum from his famous Morrissey collaboration into an essential, definitive statement for the Durutti Column.

Love in the Time of Coronavirus

What Will Come? COVID-19 and the Politics of Economic Depression

The financial crash of 2008-2010 reemphasized that traumatic economic shifts drive political change, so what might we imagine — or fear — will emerge from the COVID-19 depression?


Datura4 Take Us Down the "West Coast Highway Cosmic" (premiere)

Australia's Datura4 deliver a highway anthem for a new generation with "West Coast Highway Cosmic". Take a trip without leaving the couch.


Teddy Thompson Sings About Love on 'Heartbreaker Please'

Teddy Thompson's Heartbreaker Please raises one's spirits by accepting the end as a new beginning. He's re-joining the world and out looking for love.

Love in the Time of Coronavirus

Little Protests Everywhere

Wherever you are, let's invite our neighbors not to look away from police violence against African Americans and others. Let's encourage them not to forget about George Floyd and so many before him.


Carey Mercer's New Band Soft Plastics Score Big with Debut '5 Dreams'

Two years after Frog Eyes dissolved, Carey Mercer is back with a new band, Soft Plastics. 5 Dreams and Mercer's surreal sense of incongruity should be welcomed with open arms and open ears.


Sondre Lerche Rewards 'Patience' with Clever and Sophisticated Indie Pop

Patience joins its predecessors, Please and Pleasure, to form a loose trilogy that stands as the finest work of Sondre Lerche's career.


Ruben Fleischer's 'Venom' Has No Bite

Ruben Fleischer's toothless antihero film, Venom is like a blockbuster from 15 years earlier: one-dimensional, loose plot, inconsistent tone, and packaged in the least-offensive, most mass appeal way possible. Sigh.


Cordelia Strube's 'Misconduct of the Heart' Palpitates with Dysfunction

Cordelia Strube's 11th novel, Misconduct of the Heart, depicts trauma survivors in a form that's compelling but difficult to digest.


Reaching For the Vibe: Sonic Boom Fears for the Planet on 'All Things Being Equal'

Sonic Boom is Peter Kember, a veteran of 1980s indie space rockers Spacemen 3, as well as Spectrum, E.A.R., and a whole bunch of other fascinating stuff. On his first solo album in 30 years, he urges us all to take our foot off the gas pedal.


Old British Films, Boring? Pshaw!

The passage of time tends to make old films more interesting, such as these seven films of the late '40s and '50s from British directors John Boulting, Carol Reed, David Lean, Anthony Kimmins, Charles Frend, Guy Hamilton, and Leslie Norman.

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