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Where Is The Music Of 2016 Heading?

Lewis Fisher | Posted 01.27.2016 | Entertainment
Lewis Fisher

The music of 2015 had its positives and negatives, but most importantly, it had a distinct trend for popular music especially. Garage, House and Electronica genres of music dominated the charts last year more than any other and to some it was a fantastic year of music.

On the Culture Front: Music From the Underground, Part Four

Chris Kompanek | Posted 02.08.2016 | New York
Chris Kompanek

"Spines of the Heart" album art by Bryan Deister Bryan Deister's melancholic wail belies his Redondo Beach upbringing. The California native sings l...

The Hana-li "Take A Girl" Music Video Rocks

David Jensen | Posted 01.20.2016 | Entertainment
David Jensen

Hana-li is a singer, a songwriter, a rock star. Hana-li is a walking statement. Her presence is one of beauty and strength as I found when lucky eno...

On the Culture Front: Music From the Underground, Part Three

Chris Kompanek | Posted 12.29.2015 | New York
Chris Kompanek

Nashville-bred musician Billy Crain is the consummate sideman who can effortlessly pick up a guitar and jump into many styles.

Together Pangea Talks Recording, High School, and Scene Hair

Reilly Wieland | Posted 12.23.2015 | Arts
Reilly Wieland

Together Pangea is formed by the type of boys that you always had a little bit of a crush on in high school: a little bit out there, but bad boy good looking all at once. After a killer record release last year, I had high expectations for the band's newest LP, and was not disappointed.

On the Culture Front: Music from the Underground, Part Two

Chris Kompanek | Posted 12.22.2015 | New York
Chris Kompanek

Midwest Soul Xchange have an alternative Americana vibe that's reminiscent of The Decemberists - big twangy folk that appears to have emerged from a time capsule.

Top 20 Country Artists to Watch in 2016

Brittany Hodak | Posted 12.22.2015 | Entertainment
Brittany Hodak

There's no surprise that 2016 will undoubtedly be a breakthrough year for another handful of new artists. Here are 20 of the most promising, complete with a short Q&A from each of these new rising stars.

Blair Gilley Releases Most Personal Album Yet With 'If It's Just For Tonight'

Brittany Hodak | Posted 12.10.2015 | Entertainment
Brittany Hodak

Blair Gilley always dreamed of being a rock star. From the first time he picked up a guitar at age eleven, he fantasized about performing in stadium...

On the Culture Front: Music From the Underground, Part One

Chris Kompanek | Posted 12.02.2015 | New York
Chris Kompanek

Father and son duo Richard and Harry Grace along with bandmate Dave Needham make up Tumbler, a trio that barrels through several musical genres on their debut album, "You Said."

Has the World Finally Caught Up With Madonna?

David Toussaint | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
David Toussaint

It's not always easy being a Madonna fan. Her occasional slip-ups notwithstanding -- even I cringe at the opening lines to Rebel Heart's "S.E.X." -- the real challenge is listening to and reading the criticism that's been riding the Queen of Pop's coattails for 30 years.

Here Are The 5 Secrets To Staying Relevant As You Age

Forrest Brakeman | Posted 11.04.2015 | Fifty
Forrest Brakeman

We Boomers have every bit as much to offer as the Millennials or the Gen-X's or the Gen-Y's. Hell, we invented the world as they know it. But to bridge the generation gap, or chasm, we need to stay relevant. So here are some safety tips for dealing with the young whippersnappers.

On The Cutting Edge With Bob Dylan: Part One

Anne Margaret Daniel | Posted 11.03.2015 | Arts
Anne Margaret Daniel

The albums' cover photographs are how very many people think of Dylan, still, today. He's lean, his hair in a snarly nimbus above a thin white face, with its keen, challenging eyes looking right through you. He is not listening to you; you're listening to him.

"The Things That You Are": The Artists Speak

Kim Mecca | Posted 11.02.2015 | Arts
Kim Mecca

It was a biting cold type of Montreal winter day. Voyce* had reached out to ask me to write something to intro his upcoming album. I say something because I had no idea what he had in mind.

How Music, Education, and Brain Games End Up in One of Hollywood's Most Exclusive Night Clubs

Corey Ferrugia | Posted 10.20.2015 | Los Angeles
Corey Ferrugia

It's been over a week already, and I'm still having a hard time processing just how magical this night truly was for me, and why.

Sarah McQuaid Tours and Enchants With Her Brilliant New Album, Walking Into White

Gregory Weinkauf | Posted 10.07.2015 | Entertainment
Gregory Weinkauf

Finding treasure feels great, and such is the case with musician Sarah McQuaid. The soulful singer, smart and sensuous songwriter, and scintillating guitarist has been hidden in plain sight with three gorgeous solo albums.

Fall In -- Your New Music Playlist

Sean Bradford | Posted 10.06.2015 | Entertainment
Sean Bradford

Above the equator the leaves are changing color and the diminishing hours of sunlight continue to shorten our days. Below, summer is only just beginning. But no matter where you live, it's always the season for new music.

Country Newcomer Aaron Parker Takes Old-School Approach to EP Launch

Brittany Hodak | Posted 10.01.2015 | Entertainment
Brittany Hodak

Aaron Parker is an unabashed '90s country music superfan. It's no surprise, then, that Parker's sound is reminiscent of the era, simultaneously evoking a classic sound while impressive production makes his debut EP simultaneously current.

'And Now...' Michael Oien

Cicily Janus | Posted 09.30.2015 | Arts
Cicily Janus

N.Y.C.-based jazz bassist and composer, Michael Oien is just that... a hidden gem. Jazz bassists are often the most surprising when they come out of the shadows and into the spotlight. With his debut album, Michael Oien is doing just that.

Battles Finds Their Way

Paul R. Byrne | Posted 09.18.2015 | Entertainment
Paul R. Byrne

Since bending ears and boggling minds with Mirrored in 2007, Battles has been a Shibboleth of musical taste. The band name people whisper to each other to mean, "Yes, I've seen the light," yet one you would be hard-pressed to find in heavy rotation, or catch drifting through a party.

Experience THRILLERS' VHS Fantasy

Myrlaun Walker | Posted 08.19.2015 | Entertainment
Myrlaun Walker

THRILLERS modern take on the '80s filmic work continues with "Lipstick on the Mirror," the third video from the sequel after "Body High" and "Can't Get Enough."

'All Eyes' on Double Duchess: The Electro-Hop Duo Inspired by All-Things-Grace Jones

Oscar Raymundo | Posted 07.17.2015 | Entertainment
Oscar Raymundo

Together as electro-hop duo Double Duchess, David "davO" Richardson and Krylon Superstar have been performing live and making San Francisco partygoers sweat their butts off for years -- five at the very least. But this week marks the culmination of every drop of sweat they, themselves, have spilt on stage.

Gothard Sisters' New CD Inspired by "Love of Simple, Timeless, and Transcendent Things"

Pam Stucky | Posted 06.24.2015 | Entertainment
Pam Stucky

The Gothard Sisters, three sisters who are "multi-instrumentalist Celtic-influenced folk musicians, songwriters, and performers from the Pacific Northwest, USA," have a new CD out this week, Mountain Rose.

Laura Bell Bundy: Another Piece of Me

Brittany Hodak | Posted 06.09.2015 | Entertainment
Brittany Hodak

For Laura Bell Bundy, a wait that felt like a lifetime is finally over. After more than five years, Another Piece of Me, the much-anticipated follow-up to her major-label debut album, is finally in stores.

Premiere: EDM Rockers Cheat Codes Have Hit Their Stride With 'Senses'

Hugh McIntyre | Posted 05.06.2015 | Entertainment
Hugh McIntyre

EDM may have peaked, but that doesn't mean there isn't room for new, exciting music in the genre to break out. Just when you think you've had all the massive electronic drops you can handle, the right one comes along and helps you remember why this music gets you so pumped.

Darkness Disguised As Light: An Interview With King Woman

Summer Noblé | Posted 06.24.2015 | Entertainment
Summer Noblé

Front woman of Bay Area's dark, doom and dreamlike King Woman, Kristina Esfandiari, talks growing up in a spiritually oppressive environment, music as a form of therapy, and the band's first EP: the haunting and addictive "Doubt"