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New and recent publications of interest. Ben Ratliff, Every Song Ever: Twenty Ways to Listen in an Age of Musical Plenty (FSG) A. O. Scott, Better Living Through Criticism (Penguin) Matthew Bribitzer-Stull, Understanding the Leitmotif: From Wagner to Hollywood Film...

Bob Freedman on Dick Twardzik

6 hours agoMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

Following my post last week on pianist Dick Twardzik and his death in 1955 of a heroin overdose, I received an email from reader and saxophonist Bob Freedman, who arranged for Maynard Ferguson in 1958. For my earlier chat with...       Related Stories Dick Twardzik: Piano Enigma New Year's Day Recordings John Williams: Rainbows  

Fresh Sounds 7th February 2016

This week's sounds are so fresh they're still oven warm...Unqualified Nurse Band - You Pulled ThroughBroken by Rock - BrittleJack Conman - Heroin StringsDeerful - The Ice FishersSulk - Black Infinity (Upside Down)The Poet Junkies - E.q.uilibrium

Flashback: See Peyton Manning Duet With Kenny Chesney

Kenny Chesney's love of football has been well-documented over the years. His song "The Boys of Fall" sums up the spirit of teamwork during a grueling season, and he also got behind the camera to co-direct The Color Orange: The Condredge Holloway Story for ESPN, about the University of Tennessee star...

Dan Hicks, Hot Licks Singer, Dead at 74

Dan Hicks, a longtime Bay Area music figure and the lead singer of Dan Hicks and His Hot Licks, passed away Saturday following a two-year battle with cancer. He was 74. Hicks' wife CT confirmed the singer-songwriter's death on his official website. "He was true blue, one of a kind,...

Listen to Missy Elliott's "Pep Rally"

Missy Elliott has shared a new song, "Pep Rally." Listen to it below. The song will appear in a commercial for Amazon's Echo device during tonight's Super Bowl broadcast. It stars Alec Baldwin, Dan Marino, Jason Schwartzman, and Missy. Show More Summary

Jeezy – Hit Um

17 hours agoMusic / Hip Hop & Rap : Nah Right

Jeezy shows his support for Cam Newton by teaming up with Under Armour to release this record called “Hit Um”. Previously: Jeezy ft. Janelle Monae – Sweet Life (Video)

Missy Elliott – Pep Rally

17 hours agoMusic / Hip Hop & Rap : Nah Right

Just in time for the Super Bowl, Missy Elliott is back with her latest offering “Pep Rally”. Previously: Monica ft. Missy Elliott – Code Red

New York names John Scott’s successor

17 hours agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

Six months after the shock death of its revered music director, Saint Thomas Church on Fifth Avenue has filled his position as organist and music director. The new director has, like his predecessor, been recruited from England. Professor Daniel Hyde is Informator Choristarum, Organist, and Tutorial Fellow in Music at Magdalen College, Oxford and a lecturer in […]


Spent most of Carnival season back and forth between here and Memphis...a continuation of the last year. I took lots of trips up there to help out my 90 year old dad, who has been living on his own with memory problems. Finally, we got him moved into assisted living near us down here, which should work out better for all concerned. Show More Summary

Young Thug – “F Cancer (Boosie)” (Feat. Quavo) Video

18 hours agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

Young Thug has just dropped a video for the Quavo-featuring Boosie Badazz tribute “F Cancer (Boosie),” off of his new mixtape I’m Up. Boosie recently recovered from a successful surgery to remove his kidney cancer, and Thug pays him a visit in the Be El Be-directed clip. Despite the stylish pink scrubs, Thug doesn’t seem […]

Watch The 1975 Make Their SNL Debut

18 hours agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

Surprisingly good British pop band the 1975 made their Saturday Night Live debut last night, performing two singles from their unfortunately-monikered new album I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it. (Yes, that is really what it’s called.) Watch them do the disco-house leaning “The Sound” and […]

Beyoncé Rep Denies She Stole Footage For “Formation” Video

18 hours agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

Yesterday, Beyoncé surprised the world with the release of her new video “Formation,” but some were apparently a little more surprised than others. Abteen Bagheri and Chris Black, the director and producer behind the 2013 New Orleans bounce documentary That B.E.A.T., are claiming that “Formation” director Melina Matsoukas used B-roll footage from their film without […]

Bobby Nourmand - S M O K I N' J O E

Sounds like: The Magician, The White Stripes, Claptone, Jamie XX Song: Bobby Nourmand - S M O K I N' J O E What's so good? There's a classic soul record by Blacknuss that most folks in and out of dance music are familiar with. TheirShow More Summary

Freedom Fry - The Words

Sounds like: Starfucker, The Lighthouse And Whaler Song: Freedom Fry - The Words What's so good? Prior to hearing this song, if you were to ask me to "classify" Freedom Fry, I'd have lumped them into a sound not unlike The Lumineers. This new single "The Words" puts a bit of a spin on that though. Show More Summary

Keiandra - Icing Sugar

Sounds like: Lykke Li, MØ, Lorde Song: Keiandra - Icing Sugar What's so good? At only 18 years old, up-and-comer Keiandra is really impressing with her experimental take on ambient folk soundscapes. Following on from debut single "Wanted," latest...Show More Summary

Seb Wildblood - I Will

Sounds like: Brame & Hamo, Fouk, Hollis Parker Song: Seb Wildblood - I Will What's so good? Originally, I was going to blog about "Lifestyle," a track that's come off the same release and is amazing. However, one of our other amazing writers beat me to the chase. Show More Summary

Hear A New Missy Elliott Song, "Pep Rally"

"Pep Rally" will soundtrack an Amazon ad during Super Bowl 50.

listen to Missy Elliott's new single "Pep Rally"

Just in time for today's big game, Missy Elliott drops new single "Pep Rally" that is pumped with football imagery, including the line "yeah we get crackin' like we up at the Super Bowl." Too bad she's not part...

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