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Monday, June 06, 2016
Waldon has become a key player in the East Nashville music community by penning songs that capture the heartland through twentysomething eyes.
Thursday, June 02, 2016
The country singer-songwriter's second album boasts a big sound. But it keeps beautiful details intact, as Clark speaks for those often pushed aside within traditional storytelling narratives.
Thursday, May 26, 2016
On his fourth solo album, the Americana singer-songwriter considers the tilted fulcrum of a dissolving marriage in order to confront the allure and the cost of restlessness.
Wednesday, May 11, 2016
On a quietly violent new collaboration, the duo confronts their own debt to the soul of gospel music while acknowledging their inevitable distance from it.
Thursday, May 05, 2016
On Rae's third album, the singer-songwriter's fleshed-out jams and delicate, jazz-informed ballads examine the subtle trajectories emotions can take.
Wednesday, May 04, 2016
Patterson casts light on the assumption people make about a woman: that she's inexhaustibly strong, yet mysteriously dangerous. "I'm human, I'm human," she reminds us.
Tuesday, May 03, 2016
After several days of strange messages and teases, Radiohead has finally released a new song. Called "Burn The Witch," it arrives via a claymation video with echoes of a cult-classic horror film.
Monday, May 02, 2016
The music of the singer Anohni, who was previously known as Antony Hegarty, has long explored identity. On her new album Hopelessness, she turns self-examination into explicit, unsparing activism.
Friday, April 22, 2016
In the nearly four decades of music Prince made, propriety and prejudice were regularly vanquished by good humor and elegant lust.
Thursday, April 21, 2016
Best known for her work with Nickel Creek, Watkins explores a pop palette in her solo career. In "Move Me," she tugs zealously at a lyrical trope, giving it new life and meaning.
Thursday, April 07, 2016
For Simpson's first album since his 2014 breakthrough, the inventive country singer crafts a highly personal song cycle about order and insubordination.
Monday, April 04, 2016
Is Vinyl's latest fictionalized New York music character a tribute to Jobriath, the post-Bowie 'space clown' who was rock's first openly homosexual performer?
Tuesday, March 29, 2016
Lit by flashbulbs since he was 17, the latest solo song by the former member of One Direction reflects an uncertain and overwhelmed story that runs through so much millennial pop.
Friday, March 25, 2016
A break up song from the Houston songwriter's brilliant new album that describes those lost moments between saying goodbye and actually leaving.
Thursday, March 17, 2016
The event, centered around an initiative to educate girls and young women, reflected a reality in which hip-hop's influence is acknowledged and women are central to the conversation.
Thursday, March 10, 2016
The producer and guitarist presides over a graceful concept album in which some of country and Americana's biggest stars reflect on home.
Thursday, February 18, 2016
Morgane Stapleton is not a secret. In Nashville, the long-haired woman who's stood strong as a slender birch beside her husband, Chris, in breakthrough performances at the CMA Awards and on Saturday Night Life is known for being more than just a pristine harmonizer. She's a songwriter who's collaborated ...
Friday, February 05, 2016
One of the central musical relationships in soul music is between a band's lead shouter and the other voices supporting her or him. In her glory years, Aretha Franklin musically conversed with her family of backup singers, the Sweet Inspirations; Otis Redding upped his own unbeatable energy in dialogue with ...
Wednesday, February 03, 2016
A certain musical and spiritual condition defines Wynonna Judd's first album with her band The Big Noise — not to mention the first album of original material in 13 years from one of country music's supreme redheads. That quality is joy. It dominates, not just because Judd is performing with ...
Monday, January 11, 2016
I am a Bowie girl. Not literally: I'm a little too young to have swiped my face with glitter and run out in lime-green platforms to see David Bowie storming through America in 1972 and 1973 with the Spiders from Mars, when he sent queer and alien dispatches across a ...