Michaelangelo Matos

Michaelangelo Matos appears in the following:

1966 Vs. 1971: When 'Rock 'n' Roll' Became 'Rock,' And What We Lost

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Two books about two crucial years in the story of rock and roll, taken together, reveal how the genre shrank to become the playground of white men with guitars.


All The Way Live Or Else: The Perfection Of Van Morrison's 'It's Too Late'

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Van Morrison's It's Too Late To Stop Now was released at the height of his powers. A newly expanded version of the album helps make the case that it's among the rock era's best live albums.


With New Deals, Apple And SoundCloud Remix The Dance Music Marketplace

Friday, April 29, 2016

Apple's agreement with Dubset could ease legal posting of DJ sets that contain copyrighted material. SoundCloud is unveiling a paid service. It's hard to say for sure who is going to benefit.


Songs We Love: Cerrone, '2nd Chance (feat. Tony Allen)'

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

It's been a boom time for old-school disco producers looking to grab some of the EDM spotlight, and, to put it kindly, the results have usually been mixed. Guest stars and cover versions are the default when an old hand makes a grand re-entrance in any genre. But even though ...


John Peel's American Connection

Saturday, January 23, 2016

When John Peel died in October 2004 at age sixty-five, the British radio host was known as one of the most voracious listeners in the world. But it was hard to know him well in the U.S. Tapes of his BBC broadcasts made their way to collectors hooked on his ...


The Year in B2B DJ Sets

Friday, January 08, 2016

One of dance music's prevailing trends in 2015 was surely the collaboration. Diplo and Skrillex partnered as Jack Ü and produced "Where Are Ü Now," among the biggest songs of their platinum careers — and one that also marked Justin Bieber's comeback. Chicago house pioneer Green Velvet scored a huge ...


The Techno Feminists Next Door

Friday, November 06, 2015

"We're Discwoman."

I've just asked Emma Burgess-Olson if anybody's missing. There isn't. She and her two colleagues are around a small table in the bar of the downtown New York W Hotel, everybody leaning forward to be heard. Burgess-Olson, who DJs under the name Umfang, is on the right: light ...


'If You Just Do What You Know, That's Boring': DJ Koze's Never-Ending Remix

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Understanding the recorded work of most popular musicians — from rock to hip-hop, jazz to country — typically means perusing their albums and singles. There are exceptions, such as rappers' guest appearances: You don't really understand Busta Rhymes' importance if you don't take into account his verse on


Planet Of Sound: The Long, Unmistakable Orbit Of Aphex Twin

Thursday, March 05, 2015

Releasing music under multiple names is a standby in the world of electronic dance music, but nobody in the early 1990s made more of the tendency than Aphex Twin, born Richard D. James in Cornwall, England in 1971. In addition to his main moniker, James had perhaps the ...


WKRP In Perpetuity

Saturday, December 06, 2014

Television has been instrumental in rock and roll history since Elvis Presley's first appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1956. Nineteen years later came the debut of Saturday Night Live, arguably the first network program with a fully rock-bred sensibility. But WKRP in Cincinnati — which ran on CBS ...


Prince Fans, Prepare For The Deluge

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Prince fans are accustomed to not getting what they want. That's one reason Friday's news came as a shock — that Prince has re-signed, for the first time in 18 years, with Warner Bros. Records, and that an expanded edition of Purple Rain, in time for its 30th ...


Skrillex, King Of The Dance Club Hit-And-Run

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

It had been snowing all day and raining all evening when the doors opened at Output on Friday night right after 10 p.m. for Skrillex's appearance, so I felt ready for anything. Not that anyone was expecting too many surprises — a lot of hard, hiccuping beats and jackhammer bass, ...


First Listen: 'Hardcore Traxx: Dance Mania Records 1986-1997'

Monday, February 03, 2014

Dance Mania might have been Chicago house music's most popular 1990s label — not only in Chicago, but in the entire upper Midwest. To go to a rave between 1993 and '99 was to very likely encounter a handful of Dance Mania tracks per night. Odds were good you'd encounter ...


Defining Detroit Techno: The Retrospectives And Reissues Of 2013

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

On Nov. 1, New York dance-music promoters Verboten put on a party in a warehouse space in Brooklyn. Even with a ridiculous $40 cover charge (welcome to Nü-Brooklyn, a.k.a. Manhattan minus bottle service), the powerhouse lineup of all-Detroit house and techno veterans was difficult to resist for long-time DJ-music followers. ...


Do We Really Need Bob Dylan And Van Morrison Box Sets?

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

How much does any musician's outtakes, sanctioned for release years after the fact, enlarge our understanding of their canonical work? Depends on the artist; depends on the work. Sometimes they serve a shadow function — unissued songs that, had they come out the first time around, would have fundamentally rewritten ...


How To Cover A Dance Track

Monday, June 03, 2013

In the web age, a cover version of a pop song acts as tradable coin in the link and page-count economy. You can get more eyeballs by offering a unique take on a well-known song than you can by offering something brand new — especially if you're a ...