Travel back five years ago when the release calendar was rife with stellar albums. 2015 offered such an embarrassment of musical riches, that we selected 80 albums as best of the year.
Amidst the numerous deaths of pop music icons, we thought the Grammys might do something soulful this year. Lamar and Howard, at least, gave us what we needed.
On the fourth night of CMJ, I made my way to Knitting Factory to see Thunderbitch as had every other photographer and blogger, then dropped by Webster Hall to hear The Word.
From Alabama Shakes' Americana-infused rock to Courney Barnett's witty indie, Bonnaroo had something for everyone in 2015.
What makes the Alabama Shakes sound new is that they’re evidently devoted to their musical forebears -- everyone from Etta James and Aretha to Bowie and Zeppelin -- yet also coquettishly unfaithful to each one of them.
The free, traveling 'Evolution Tour' put together by Mercedes-Benz launched in New York with a performance from Alabama Shakes and some interactive art from Mr. Brainwash.