Things change. Music helps us accept this. David Bowie suggests we “turn and face the strain” (or “strange” — your call). Axl Rose is that too-blunt friend: “Nothin’ lasts forever.”
Carrie Brownstein, why do you keep breaking up with me? So what if I take my love of bands too seriously, like I do with people? They’re what's molded me.
I didn’t get much out of Lady Gaga’s most recent record, “ARTPOP.” But then she got the Muppets on board.
Did Kanye resurrect the set designers from Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon” tour? I don’t know. But it’s clear to me now that I needed to see “Yeezus: The Musical.”
You have relationships with certain songs, albums, artists. Maybe it’s a record that got you through a bad time. Maybe it’s something you played at your wedding. Those songs belong to you, you think.
“When your heart is dancing/ Your mind is bouncing,” Yoko Ono singsongs on her new track’s opening. A silver ball bounces on a white plate. “Bounce, bounce, bounce, bounce!” Ono gently demands, like a tiny, mystical Big Freedia.
Is Lil’ Kim a Halloween costume now? Like Cher, an indisputable but distant legend?
There were eras Lou Reed defined and eras he never meshed with. He leaves behind a wonderfully contentious catalog for us to keep tussling with.
On Katy "Prism,” most of the songs are about picking herself back up, loving herself and believing in herself.
When the Black Cat opened 20 years ago, 14th Street did not have giant, fancy condos. Local up-and-comers Coup Sauvage + The Snips — who play the Black Cat’s anniversary show Saturday — know the old 14th Street. They sing the gospel of those who’ve watched D.C. change over the decades, as arts enclaves became […]
Lady Gaga, please don’t write a song about burqas. Ugh, maybe too late. Last week, the track “Burqa” (or “Aura”) leaked; it’s allegedly an early track from her upcoming fourth album, “ARTPOP.” (The album’s first official single, “Applause,” dropped Monday, in which she admits to loving applause.) Most links are now down of “Burqa,” which […]
The Shangri-Las got knock-kneed for the “Leader of the Pack,” who crashed his motorcycle into girls’ hearts at the height of the mid-’60s girl-group era. The Ramones mined a similar aesthetic with the genders flipped, making every punk chick wish they were “Ramona.” Seth Bogart, above, is garage-rock’s latest pinup boy. In this month’s GQ, […]
Over the past decade, Baltimore’s weirdo-in-chief, Dan Deacon, has morphed from a guy screaming into a mike run through a bunch of effects pedals into an influential producer of experimental music. After forming the Wham City arts collective in 2004, Deacon crammed his growing reputation into a converted school bus and hit the road. His […]
Last week, Jay-Z performed “Picasso Baby,” a track off his new album, “Magna Carta … Holy Grail,” at New York’s Pace Gallery. He lip-synched the song to a small crowd for six hours, part video shoot, part performance art. Jay has positioned this record as art on par with classical and modern works of all […]
Jeebus, you’d think Kanye West invented industrial music the way people are flipping out about its fusion with hip-hop on “Yeezus.” But if you’ve ever worn fishnets as a shirt, you know that’s not true. You also know ’80s art-assault bands like Throbbing Gristle and Skinny Puppy paved the way for ’90s industro-darlings Nine Inch […]
A couple weeks back, M.I.A. debuted a new track on BBC Radio 1, “Bring the Noize,” from her new LP, which was due in April but keeps being shifted. The song has her spitting hard, with a singsong chorus of “Bring the noize/ When we run up on them,” the word “freedom” spread over throughout. […]
Kanye West is not a regular person. According to his new record, “Yeezus,” he is “a god.” He is one of the best, most unpredictable rappers of today. And he’s rude (poor Taylor Swift). He’s curious but clueless, wearing a $400 Givenchy shirt to Occupy protests in New York. He hates the spotlight (“Maybe 90 […]
Lou Barlow always worried me. He and legendary ’90s indie rockers Sebadoh put out an amazing, weird record nearly every year between 1989’s “The Freed Man” and 1996’s “Harmacy.” I came for the hardcore-esque psycho-screamo, but stayed for frontman Barlow’s bare, jarring lyrics about the dread of loss (“I’d live in fear of losing you/Or […]
MYKKI. BLANCO. That’s all an entire page of my notebook says. Blanco repeated her name a lot when she played Comet Ping Pong in March, like a mantra. And now her new EP “Betty Rubble: The Initiation” is out, its NSFW cover radiating her sexy, transgressive glory. Blanco’s been making a name since her 2012 […]
Daft Punk helped lead the charge for the EDM (electronic dance music) genre. Being one with the machines is kind of the point of being an EDM DJ/producer. It’s a quest that begat Girl Talk and Skrillex. But is that making music? Isn’t being a DJ or producer just pushing buttons? Daft Punk’s new album,“Random […]