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Janelle Monáe – “Make Me Feel” & “Django Jane” Video

Last week, Janelle Monáe finally announced that her first new album in five years would be called Dirty Computer and that it'd be coming out this year. And today, she's shared two songs from it -- "Make Me Feel" and "Django Jane" -- alongside videos, which were respectively directed by Alan Ferguson and Andrew Donoho…

WOWH - The Hits

Sounds like: Capital Cities, Panic Is Perfect, PREP Song: WOWH - The Hits What's so good? Is this cookie-cutter indie pop/rock? Predictable and familiar? Yeah, I guess so. But my Lord does it hit all the notes just right. Based out of...Show More Summary

Balkan Bump - Aymo (Ft. Talib Kweli)

Sounds like: Big Gigantic, Pretty Lights, Kanye West Song: Balkan Bump - Aymo (Ft. Talib Kweli) What's so good? My goodness, it's been nearly a decade since Talib Kweli last crossed my path. Which meant that when this song crossed my...Show More Summary

Sunday Singles: Dawn Of 7th Sky-"Island in the Sky"

Self-Release/Independent2017Dawn Of 7th Sky is a post-hardcore/metal band from Aix-en-Provence (France). Fronted by lead vocalist Marika, Dawn Of 7th Sky released this single in the summer of 2017. Backed up by the menacing yet melodic...Show More Summary

New Sights To Delight Your Eyes 25th February 2018

This week's selection of the best videos to arrive on planet Devil are so good your eyes will send you a valentine...Elk Minister - Must Have Walked Into A DreamIdle Youth - Mauvais SangKlara Zubonja - We Have No ControlJump For Neon - To TokyoEt Tu Brucé - The Light

A lost song by Alma Mahler?

Message from the Wagner scholar Barry Millington: In addition to the fourteen songs by Alma Mahler published in her lifetime, several dozen more – perhaps as many as one hundred – were written and have been lost or destroyed. One of those ‘lost’ songs, Einsamer Gang (Lonely Walk), has recently been discovered and will be […]

Ever heard a conductor sing?

This is Barbara Hannigan at this week’s Victoires de la Musique. And the orchestra sings along, too.

Two philosophers make war, not love, in an opera

The facts of the affair are incontestable, the letters available for public scrutiny. In 1924, a philosophy professor at the University of Marburg made love to the brightest student in his class. He was Martin Heidegger, 36 years old and married, on his way to becoming  a force in his field. She was Hannah Arendt, […]

Weekend picks for book lovers, including Sophie Kinsella's 'Surprise Me'

Spend your weekend reading 'Surprise Me,' the new novel by Sophie Kinsella. Plus more recommendations from USA TODAY's book reviewers.        

Bassoonist settles age discrimination case

The former principal bassoonist of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra has settled his case for unfair demotion. John Wetherill, 63, claimed in 2012 that the Indy and its Polish music director Krzysztof Urbanski were engaged in a strategy to ‘move out and replace’ senior players like himself with others much younger and cheaper. Wetherill was demoted to […]

Beethoven, Shakespeare and Murray Perahia

Murray Perahia's recording of the Beethoven sonatas 'Hammerklavier' Op.106 and 'Moonlight' Op.27 No.2 is just out - sadly too late for my #hammerklavier roundup, but worth waiting for - and full of his extraordinary, empathetic musicianship. Show More Summary

Can a critic kill off a composer?

I’m listening to Liza Ferschtman’s fine new recording on Challenge Classics of the violin concerto by Erich Wolfgang Korngold. I cannot listening to it without the memory, unbidden, of the vicious reviews it received in New York, where the critic Irving Kolodin called it ‘more corn than gold’, an epithet that has stuck for seven […]

This is the new German ballet

photo: Regina Brocke It’s not funny, it’s not provocative, it’s not even offensive. It’s from the Theaterhaus Stuttgart premiere of a work by the Israeli choreographer Nadav Zelner.  

Music, myth and time: Karen Cargill and the Scottish Ensemble at Kings Place

Pierre-Narcisse Guérin - Énée racontant à Didon les malheurs de la ville de Troie (from the Louvre) Stravinsky, Berlioz, Haydn, Purcell; Karen Cargill, Scottish Ensemble, Matthew Truscott; Kings Place Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Feb...Show More Summary

Sunday Night Chill: Fighting the Good Fight

What's so good? These past few days have been absolutely crazy here in America. With the horrific events last week from Florida, it feels like culturally that there is a shift going on. I can only hope that this shift leads to some actual...Show More Summary

Oscar Key Sung - D.Y.T.

Sounds like: How To Dress Well, LUCIANBLOMKAMP, Collarbones Song: Oscar Key Sung - D.Y.T. What's so good? "D.Y.T." is the hypnotic new single from Australian modern R&B purveyor Oscar Key Sung. His first new release of the year,Show More Summary

Anatole - Outgrown (Ft. Tom Iansek)

Sounds like: Bonobo, Max Cooper, Four Tet, Shigeto What's so good? So I started this draft quite a while ago, and now I think it's about time to post it! Anatole's new single "Outgrown", featuring Tom Iansek (of Big Scary and No. 1 Dads), was...Show More Summary

The Weekly Rap #8

What's so good? This week's fresh hip-hop playlist is headlined by the latest single from Post Malone. "Psycho" is the second official single from the controversial star and features a verse Ty Dolls $ign. While not as hard hitting as...Show More Summary

What's going on Sunday?

The Dandy Warhols, David Cross & Janeane Garofalo, Ssammi Lanzetta, Vieux Farka Toure, BOYSETSFIRE, and more Sunday show options. Continue reading…

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