Last Friday, I drove down to Princeton University to hear jazz pianist Dick Hyman perform and review the concert for today's Wall Street Journal (go here). Dick, at 88, remains astonishing. If you're unfamiliar with him, Dick is a one-man...
An audacious, 93-minute rock opera that wants to be read as a text -- and deserves to be.
After more than 20 years of rumors, the truth has finally been revealed.
Last night while most people were sleeping, a number of hip-hop artists started voicing their opinions on ghostwriters after Meek Mill targeted Drake for not writing his own verse on “R.I.C.O.,” and for not promoting his album, Dreams Worth More Than Money. Show More Summary
Night Beds - Abe and Winston Yellen. It's only a few weeks before Night Beds, a.k.a. Winston Yellen's second LP, Ivywild, is set to drop and below is another marvelous taster from the imminent 16-track opus. Thus far he's leaked twoShow More Summary
UK label Heavenly Recordings is turning 25 this year, and they’re releasing a few special singles to celebrate. They got relatively recent signee Mark Lanegan and early star Beth Orton to record a cover of “Your Kisses Burn,” the 1988 duet between Soft Cell’s Marc Almond and Nico, which ended up being Nico’s final recording […]
Mick Jenkins has announced a tour in support of his new mixtape Wave[s], the follow-up to last year's The Water[s]. The trek kicks off late next month in Indianapolis, IN and will continue into October. Find a full list of dates below. Wave[s] arrives August...Show More Summary
Montreal electro-pop trio Braids, who were on the road with Purity Ring not too long ago, will be on a headlining tour this fall, a tour that wraps up in Brooklyn at Baby's All Right on October 22. Tickets...
You know you're an R&B legend when you're still getting name dropped on hip-hop songs. Twenty-six years after his debut album and 18 years after Big L rapped "I never beg for p---- like Keith Sweat," Drake gave him a look with "All Me": "I’m the light skinned Keith Sweat, I'mma make it l Continue reading…
Kanye West affiliate continues his hot streak.
As Rap-Up points out, the young Chicago rapper Vic Mensa debuted his own version of Future’s “Codeine Crazy,” a track from last year’s Monster mixtape, at this past weekend’s Pitchfork Music Festival. I didn’t see him do it, since he was on at the same time as Sleater-Kinney, but the studio version of his track […]
Way back around 2000, there was talk of an N.W.A reunion, with the four surviving original members and then Snoop Dogg standing in for the late Eazy-E. That happened only briefly, but it at least made some kind of sense. But now that the new N.W.A biopic Straight Outta Compton is about to come out, […]
Both strip clubs and movies use music as a utility; one that's either unobtrusive enough to serve as background or that can create an immediate shortcut to a strong emotional response in the audience. While a film can be made without music—or even sound—a stripper cannot strip without music. Show More Summary
Mark Lanegan is unearthing some early-'00s demos for a new release titled Houston (Publishing Demos 2002) which will be out via Ipecac Recordings on August 21. These came shortly after Screaming Trees' breakup and many of these never made it onto...
Van Alexander, a big band arranger and bandleader whose arrangements date back to 1936 and was best known for A-Tisket, a Tasket, a song he co-wrote with Ella Fitzgerald and arranged for Fitzgerald and Chick Webb in 1938, died on... Related Stories Jazz Legends, in Their Words
Half-British, half-Russian synthpop singer moves with a beautiful sense of fluidity.
A story about a girl, her first concert and what happened 30 years later when she saw that band again: this is the story of Culture Club's comeback at the River Rock Casino in Richmond, BC on July 18.
The inaugural Eaux Claires Music Festival in Wisconsin this past weekend was one of my favorite music festivals I have ever been to. I went because of the absolutely ridiculous lineup, hand-curated by Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) and Aaron Dessner (The National), and was floored by the community spirit, constant collaboration of musicians I love, […]
Josh and the Jamtones Rocksteady cover Anyone who's seen Josh and the Jamtones' live show knows they are ten-ton bundle of energy. The Boston-based ska-punk-pop band's latest album, Rocksteady, is formally released August 21, but I can say that the album very much captures that live energy in the studio setting. Show More Summary
Kirko Bangz has finally grown up. Far removed from passively-aggressively asking ”What Yo Name Iz?” and newly inked signee to the 300 Entertainment label, Bangz returns with the help of labelmate Fetty Wap on the new banger “Worry Bout...Show More Summary