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Robert Nix Mixes Musical Theater With New Wave Pop-Rock

Rebecca Bohanan | Posted 05.10.2016 | Entertainment
Rebecca Bohanan

For this man with clear musical talent and a unique artistic vision, select listeners might wonder what's holding him back from farther-reaching, mainstream success, and pin it on his quirky choices.

New Artist Reviews: MPTHY

Morena Duwe | Posted 01.29.2017 | Entertainment
Morena Duwe

Bringing back the emotive sounds of 1980s and 1990s bands such as The Cure and Depeche Mode is MPTHY, an electro-pop project based out of Boston, Massachusetts. MPTHY's latest record, The Golden Boy, is twelve tracks of nostalgic new wave.

Will the Next David Bowie Please Put on a Dress?

Suzanne Grieco Mattaboni | Posted 01.20.2017 | Entertainment
Suzanne Grieco Mattaboni

I'm in a state of mourning, and for more than just the loss of a music icon (or two) this month. I'm stricken by the fact that there is no one to succ...

Has Popular Music Entered a New Era of Social Politics?

James Stoddah | Posted 09.28.2016 | Politics
James Stoddah

The rallying cry of youth in the sixties and seventies was about us, about we, about our generation. A political statement of unity, and a desire to belong and be heard -- together.

The Future of Music Making?

Cherno Jobatey | Posted 06.27.2015 | Entertainment
Cherno Jobatey

Since the discovery of sound recording, and especially since its digitalization, concerts have become increasingly more monotonous: it is increasingly rare that musicians can get on the stage and deliver what the legend, or the recording, promises.

60 and Going On Timeless: Happy Birthday Annie Lennox

Xaque Gruber | Posted 03.01.2015 | Entertainment
Xaque Gruber

I credit Annie Lennox as being the artist who first turned me onto the joys of pop music in the dawning of my teen years. So to celebrate Lennox's milestone 60th birthday (she's born on Christmas Day), I'm spotlighting one non-single from each of her 15-plus albums since 1981.

Appreciating the Part Time Punks Radio Show

Rodrigo Ribera D'Ebre | Posted 12.01.2014 | Los Angeles
Rodrigo Ribera D'Ebre

At approximately 3:00 p.m. every Thursday, if you're dialed in to 88.9 KXLU radio station straight out of the Loyola Marymount College campus, you will hear The Television Personalities' transmission of the Part Time Punks track.

They Are Not Men! They Are Devo!

Salvatore Bono | Posted 10.26.2014 | New York
Salvatore Bono

Devo has always been and continue to be revolutionary. Take a listen to any modern pop song on the radio these days and you will hear a Devo influence.

Pop Music Could Use Another Decade as 'Gay' as the '80s

Jeremy Helligar | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Jeremy Helligar

The new-wave acts of the early '80s represent everything that mainstream pop acts aren't so free to be today. Imagine One Direction hitting the stage dressed like Kajagoogoo. Would teenage girls still go wild? Would Taylor Swift have dated one of them?

Terri Nunn: Guest Judging Drag Race Influenced New Berlin Video

Pollo Del Mar | Posted 04.16.2014 | San Francisco
Pollo Del Mar

During a telephone interview, Terri Nunn of Berlin revealed the Los Angeles-based runner-up of both RuPaul's Drag Race, Season 2 and RuPaul's All-Star Drag Race is heavily featured in the music video introducing their seventh studio album, Animal.

Yes, Tears For Fears Covered Animal Collective, Music Fans Everywhere Exploded

Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts

We repeat: The New Wave-tastic '80s band Tears for Fears came out of the shadows last month to cover that experimental band you like to name drop for ...

Paris Journal VII: Jean Cocteau at the Cinematheque Francaise

Francis Levy | Posted 01.23.2014 | Travel
Francis Levy

The Cinematheque Francaise was the brain child of Henri Langlois. Along with Andre Bazin's Cahiers du Cinema, it became the home for New Wave director...

Peter Hook's Dreams Never End

Salvatore Bono | Posted 10.26.2013 | Entertainment
Salvatore Bono

Many musicians try and find success with one band or one outlet. It is very rare that a musician can find deep success and respect with two bands. For Peter Hook, who played bass in both Joy Division and New Order, he has managed to accomplish that task.

My Life in Shoes

Rayya Elias | Posted 06.10.2013 | Style
Rayya Elias

If I see a pair of shoes I want, I may set aside a personal principle or two in order to have them. My life story and circumstances can be told by tracking the shoes that I've worn up until now.

Talking Heads Last Album Turns 25

Posted 03.15.2013 | Arts

On this day 25 years ago, the New Wave phenomenon known as the Talking Heads released their last studio album, "Naked." The record came out in 1988, n...

Might as Well Be Shoegazing

Kayley Kravitz | Posted 04.07.2013 | Arts
Kayley Kravitz

With the recent rise of bands like the Pains of Being Pure At Heart, Vivian Girls and A Place to Bury Strangers, shoegaze is back in the spotlight in the indie world. So where did this genre originate?

1983: My Favorite Year in Pop Music

Xaque Gruber | Posted 03.10.2013 | Entertainment
Xaque Gruber

1983 was a rare year where many of the finest singles actually ended up at #1 -- tuneful, innovative productions that still sound fresher than most of 2013's pop playlists. Here are 20 noteworthy acts (in no order) that made their first stateside mark in 1983...

Here to Stay: New Order at the Fox Theater, Oakland

Kayley Kravitz | Posted 12.09.2012 | San Francisco
Kayley Kravitz

Filing out of the Fox Theater into the cool Oakland night air, I knew that I had just witnessed part of history -- an iconic group playing songs loved by millions and paying a tasteful tribute to their post-punk beginnings.

Who Are the Joneser Boomers Keeping Up With?

Bernard Starr | Posted 12.11.2011 | Fifty
Bernard Starr

If you think the Wall Street protests are formidable, watch out when the boomers fully wake up to their plight and mobilize. Then you will know: It's one solid generation to reckon with.

Happy 60th Birthday, Sting! Relive His Best Musical Moments

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 12.02.2011 | Fifty

Sting may be turning 60 on Oct. 2, but the self-professed "King of Pain" shows no signs of slowing down. The Police's former frontman is ringing in t...

Homerunballerina: New Wave

blog.homerunballerina.com | Posted 10.11.2012 | Style

i'm actually having a lot of fun getting dressed lately; i think i said it before, but i kind of feel like i'm in costume with this hair cut and color...

Duran Duran by David Lynch: Romance, Redemption and Rocking Good Fun

S.X. Rosenstock | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
S.X. Rosenstock

Duran Duran's guys have been lovers, not fighters, and they've endured incomprehension and ridicule for their devotion to beauty. They've also sold millions upon millions of records.

Films in Review: Two of the Next Generation for Francophiles

Brad Balfour | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Brad Balfour

Youth and tradition won another round in Heartbeats, the latest film by French-Canadian wunderkind Xavier Dolan. He tells a tale of Montrealer 20-somethings and their fractured threesome.

France's Neo-New Wavers Tahiti 80 Return

Salvatore Bono | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Salvatore Bono

Tahiti 80's The Past, The Present & The Possible is a fun and dynamic record that may very well be their ticket back into America.

The Bestest 2010 -- Tunage

Marc Ruxin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marc Ruxin

In a world without record stores, live shows fill the void, and the universal language of music is never more tangible than experienced from right in front of the stage at Fillmore, Coachella and the Greek, and this is what I listened to.