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Music Review: Arca - Entrañas

Arca Entrañas [Self-released; 2016] Rating: 4.5/5 I ‘m in the kitchen at the restaurant I work in, a clocked-in body leaning coccyx against metal counter. Trino is chopping tomatoes. “Trino,” I say, “como se dice ‘entrañas’? In English, I mean.” “Entrañas?” says Trino, short for Trinidad, buzzcut. Show More Summary

Dolo Coker: California Hard

yesterdayMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

Dolo Coker was an insider's jazz musician. The pianist was little known except among his peers. Coker spent much of his career playing and recording as a sideman and didn't record his first leadership date until 1976, when he was...       Related Stories Blue Mitchell + Sonny Red: '66 Bill Evans: Some Other Time Larry Young: 1964-65  

Blondfire - Domino (iPhone 6S video)

Gifted songstress Erica Driscoll can add another line to her entertainment resume with the release of "Domino" a new song from Blondfire (Los Angeles). She shot and editing the entire project on her iPhone 6S in a collage style. Talented...Show More Summary

For Our Consideration: A little spite music: The songs—and subtle trolling—of the RNC band

Although the official soundtrack to the Republican National Convention was a hornet’s nest of sustained, paranoid screaming, there was also music. Loud, incessant music, as it’s been since the days of brass bands blaring John Philip Sousa marches and—somehow—Booker T. Show More Summary

Weekend Wax Bits

3 days agoMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

In The Wall Street Journal this week, I interviewed Walt Frazier for my "House Call" column in the Mansion section (go here). The former New York Knicks champ talked about growing up in Atlanta and why he needed two parking...      ...

Why I’m talking about publicists (second take)

4 days agoMusic / Classical : Sandow

Lara Downes shows how to get people to come to a performance -- in an age when publicizing the show in the media won't do the job.

Watch Eddie Vedder Join Sting & Peter Gabriel In Seattle

Sting and Peter Gabriel’s joint Rock Paper Scissors tour stopped at KeyArena in Seattle last night, where they were joined by none other than Eddie Vedder to sing with each artist on one of their tracks. Vedder did the Police’s “Driven To Tears” with Sting and then a few minutes later followed that up by […]

The Radical Self-Respect of Fiona Apple’s “Sleep to Dream,” 20 Years On

“Now, when I listen to your shit, I hear similarities. I actually wanted to work with him [Jon Brion] so I could be like the rap version of you. That was one of my main goals. The albums that inspired me for Late Registration were your first one, Tidal, and Portishead’s Dummy, but especially your lyrics and how you sing. Show More Summary

Brand New share "Out of Range" (listen)

Brand New just put out a 7" for their song "Mene," and it comes out with an exclusive b-side, "Out of Range" (which has appeared online as a demo before)... Continue reading…

Watch Céline Dion Impersonate Rihanna & Sia On The Tonight Show

The big news from late-night TV last night was Stephen Colbert bringing his old friend Jon Stewart out of retirement so that he could launch one huge, euphoric fuck-you at Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. It must’ve been hard for Jimmy Fallon to compete with that, but he did come up with something pretty entertaining. […]

Great Job, Internet!: “Stacy’s Mom” by Fountains Of Wayne gets a dark, clown-filled sequel

“Stacy’s Mom” by Fountains Of Wayne is not a menacing song. Sure, the 2003 hit and its accompanying music video could be called out for possible sexism (Rachel Hunter sure is objectified), plus hints of voyeurism, not to mention vague implications of multigenerational pedophilia. Show More Summary

Music Review: Ziúr - Taiga

I n an interview with Red Bull Music Academy, Berlin-based producer Ziúr describes her approach to sonic and affective intensities in her practice: "I try to channel my own extremities rather than process them." Mining darker emotional...Show More Summary

Five Perfect '70s Albums

4 days agoMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

When I go on long drives, what do I grab for the car? Though I love jazz, my CDs of choice on the road are often soul and disco albums from the 1970s. My friends know how much I love...       Related Stories Videos: Five Soul Ballad...

Music Review: Ziúr - Taiga

Ziúr Taiga [Infinite Machine; 2016] Rating: 4/5 I n an interview with Red Bull Music Academy, Berlin-based producer Ziúr describes her approach to sonic and affective intensities in her practice: “I try to channel my own extremitiesShow More Summary

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