50 Best Albums of 2016
We have come to the end of another year. In 2016, we lost an unreasonable number of legendary performers and it has been a rather trying year otherwise, but I’m going to go out on a limb and say that this has been the best year musically since 1999. You wouldn’t know that by turning on the radio as
Grammys 2017: Complete List of Nominations
Nominations for the 2017 Grammy Awards have been announced. This morning, 2015 Best New Artist winner Meghan Trainor revealed the nominees for Record of the Year, Album of the Year, Song of the Year and Best New Artist. Hit makers like Drake , Beyonce , Rihanna and newcomers like The Chainsmokers
The Cure's Lol Tolhurst Discusses His New Memoir and the Band’s Beginnings
Last week Lol Tolhurst, the founding drummer of the Cure, released his memoir, "Cured: The Tale Of Two Imaginary Boys." The book chronicles his lifelong friendship with Cure frontman Robert Smith and the iconic band's beginnings. Although Tolhurst began as the group's drummer, as they expanded from
KT Tunstall Talks New Album 'Kin'
ABC News' Andrea Dresdale interviews KT Tunstall about her new album, 'Kin'.
Dolly Parton, Lisa Hannigan, Ed Harcourt And More Music Reviews
I wasn’t expecting this to be a busy release week. It ended up being more loaded than I imagined. Frank Ocean dropped a record, which I already covered, but there were a lot of other releases as well. Country legend Dolly Parton dropped a new album, as did former Damien Rice collaborator Lisa
Frank Ocean's New Album 'Blonde' Lives Up to the Hype, and the Wait
1/2 Even with its title and cover, Frank Ocean ’s new album raises questions. Is it called "Blonde" or "Blond"? The cover reads "Blond," while iTunes lists it as "Blonde." Also, if it is called "Blonde," why is his hair green on the cover? These are the questions that circle the mind while
Red Hot Chili Peppers' New Album Is Their 'Most Polarizing' One to Date
This week the Red Hot Chili Peppers return with a powerful shift in sonic direction, Neko Case, k.d. lang and Laura Veirs join forces as case/lang/veirs, Canadian legends The Tragically Hip release a new record on the heels of releasing some sad news, singer-songwriter Mitski makes a very strong
Activists Clash With Riot Police at Transgender Event in Istanbul
Activists clashed with riot police in Istanbul, Turkey over a pro-transgender event that was banned by the government over security concerns. Video from the event posted on the Facebook page for Istanbul LGBT Pride Week shows demonstrators chanting as police attempted to disperse the crowd. The
Cyndi Lauper, Keith Urban, James Blake and More Music Reviews
This week Cyndi Lauper releases a country record, Keith Urban goes further into pop territory, James Blake issues a sprawling, experimental set, Mary Chapin Carpenter releases her 14th album and ANOHNI (formally Antony of Antony and The Johnsons) releases a politically-charged electro-hued set.
Radiohead ’s 'A Moon Shaped Pool' Is Often Cinematic, Warm and Gentle
1/2 Don't let the drive of lead-single "Burn the Witch" fool you. The majority of Radiohead’s ninth album, "A Moon Shaped Pool" is quiet and ethereal in its tone, anchored by pianos and acoustic guitars. Of their latter-day work, this is definitely among their clearest and most song-based releases.