Cowles is an artist you can enjoy while you’re driving down a country road, downing a few beers with friends on your back deck, or just hanging out on Saturday afternoon.
It’s a song of faith, but it does not go forth to conquer the world, to enslave fans and enlist them into idolatry.
We are in the throes of a country music revival not seen since the heyday of Hank Junior, and ‘Port Saint Joe’ is among the reasons why.
Lamar is the closest thing popular music has to the voice of a generation. His kind of voice is getting rare as we sink into the chaos of digital democracy.
The left-wing’s echo chamber of the internet is outraged at Swift’s new cover of Earth, Wind & Fire’s ‘September,’ which she released on Spotify.
It’s much, much harder to enjoy all that SXSW has to offer than it used to be, at least without being forced to buy an expensive badge.
Luckily, the festival delivered again, with a disorienting mix of trendy tech panels and sweaty queues to nowhere.
The authenticity debate within rap and hip-hop has intensified at the moment in which these genres have surpassed rock music as the most popular in America.
Composer John Williams turns 86 today, which by happy coincidence is the same day millions of viewers will be celebrating the themes he wrote for the Olympics.
I was fortunate to attend one of Simon’s concerts in the summer of 2016 following the release of his album, ‘Stranger to Stranger.’
Lana Del Rey (real name Elizabeth Grant) is caught between being an act and an activist. Time will tell where this takes her artistry.
When you want a small cornucopia of protest non-sequiturs strung together in musical form, you want artisanal mediocrity from a human.
‘Starfire’ is wistful, even as it drives along. There is always hope, particularly as we learn to settle down and stop fighting.
It is a serendipitous fact that O’Riordan is named Dolores, which means pain, because she put art into making suffering humane.
The two-part formula for ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ was putting a darker spin on very conventional melodies and employing a lot of dynamics.
I’m not completely sure what haters are going to say is fake, but I can only presume ‘it’ is Justin Timberlake’s musical talents.
This song is written as ‘a Christmas carol for children,’ from the venerable Martin Luther, dated 1535. It is based on the Bible’s account of Christ’s birth in Luke 2:1-18.
Trumpets, tubas, sousaphones, euphonia, bazookas, alphorns, litui, sackbuts, bugles, trombones, superbones, flugelhorns, vuvuzelas—all remain Apocalyptic contenders, as far as I’m concerned.
A soulful album both enchanting and nostalgic, The Hillbilly Thomists repurpose old gospel favorites while reacquainting the listener to a buffet of instruments one rarely encounters.
Like most things worth doing, jazz takes some work to get into—but it’s not for reasons you might suspect.
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