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.
It’s time for one of my favorite genres: the end-of-year listicle. So before we shift our attention to 2018, let’s reflect on some of the best music to come out in 2017.
If you need an antidote to vanilla and dumbed-down Christmas music at this time of year and don’t feel like confronting your school, choir, or town official, there’s a solution.
If you’re desperate for an alternative to the thin musical gruel of holiday playlists, then the hymns and carols of Advent offer a remarkable and lovely respite of truth and preparation.
We’re children of the ‘90s. We need an enemy-crushing soundtrack, and we need it to rock. Vast Asteroid has got us covered.
Maybe you understood U2 to be vaguely spiritual or quasi-Christian-but-who-really-knows. Listen to these songs again, and reconsider.
With ‘Reputation,’ Taylor Swift has sold more albums in four days than any other album has sold the entire year. This is the free market at its finest.
While not perfect when viewed through the thick lenses of this long-time pop-music dork, it seems 10cc’s latest compilation is about as good as it’s ever going to get.
‘Tales from the Tour Bus’ is an animated series Mike Judge has produced for Cinemax, about the stars of country music from the ‘50s onward.
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