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Should Politics Have a Voice in the Eurovision Song Contest?

Tinatin Japaridze | Posted 06.02.2015 | Politics
Tinatin Japaridze

Many observers of this year's Eurovision Song Contest noted that it was the most emotionally and politically charged event in the festival's 60-year memory.

Meeting Teen Idols as an Adult

LJ Charleston | Posted 05.29.2015 | Entertainment
LJ Charleston

Imagine telling my teenage self that if I was very patient, when I'm in my late 30s, I would meet the idols of my youth. Duran Duran: Twenty-four years later, 85 million-plus records later. Me: Three sons later, a long career in journalism later. It finally happened.

Stones' (Dis)Satisfaction Defined the Summer of '65

Candy Leonard | Posted 05.28.2015 | Fifty
Candy Leonard

Listening to "Satisfaction" today, I hear a tirade against a culture that thwarts the basic human need to feel fully alive and engaged -- intellectually, emotionally and physically.

Here's How Pop Music Has Evolved In Recent Years, According To Science

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 05.12.2015 | Science

Fans of pop music know that it has undergone some pretty dramatic changes in recent decades, and one musical genre seems to be driving this musical ev...

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.

A Feminist Takedown of Usher's 'I Don't Mind'

Katie Chodosh | Posted 06.22.2015 | Media
Katie Chodosh

I just feel like Juicy's killing the vibe here. Usher's trying to show his sensitive side about his bitch's career choice, but Juicy just comes in all brash about it. Maybe it's that Juicy is also confused about Usher's position on this matter.

Can Classical Music Be Cool?

Karim Hakimzadeh | Posted 06.13.2015 | Arts
Karim Hakimzadeh

It occurred to me then how rare it is for people to take the time to devote their full attention to classical music. All too often it has taken its place in society as background noise.

Peaked at #11: Iconic Pop Hits That Missed the Top 10 by One Notch

Xaque Gruber | Posted 06.03.2015 | Entertainment
Xaque Gruber

Considered by many in the music industry to be the most frustrating place on the charts for a pop single to peak, I have always been fascinated with songs that made their home at #11.

The Next Big Pop Star Has 'No Gender, No Sexuality And No F***s To Give'

Mic | Kate Beaudoin | Posted 04.03.2015 | Black Voices

There's so much buzz surrounding Shamir that he could be a beehive. The 20-year-old Las Vegas native recently premiered "Call It Off," the single off ...

Stay With Us, Joni. We're Not Done Yet

Cynthia Dagnal-Myron | Posted 06.01.2015 | Entertainment
Cynthia Dagnal-Myron

Oh, you're not goin' anywhere, Miz Joni. I mean that. She just can't. I mean, the woman reads my mind. In fact, all my life, I've felt like Joni Mitchell was reading my diaries. And my dreams. And was telling me the truths I didn't want to admit.

New Music Review: Mark Maze, Uncomfortable Truths

Brandi Andres | Posted 05.27.2015 | Entertainment
Brandi Andres

The uncanny similarity of Maze's vocal intonation to that of the (former) King of Pop, Michael Jackson, is remarkable. There's a uniqueness to his voice that makes it easy to get wrapped up in.

5 Underrated Taylor Swift Songs That Can Help You Through Your Rough Patch

Allison Underhill | Posted 05.19.2015 | Entertainment
Allison Underhill

As it turns out, there is so much more to Taylor Swift than the overplayed chart-toppers that she is known for. Instead of shaming her for musically trashing her exes, we should instead look at the unacknowledged heroes of her albums. Swift's songs cover misfortunes that every young woman can relate to.

A Passionate Rhythm of Right Work: Meet World-Class Drummer, Barbara Borden

Leni Miller | Posted 05.12.2015 | Good News
Leni Miller

When we are truly in our right work, there is a powerful and passionate rhythm to our work. We are in synchronicity with the most basic and personal beat that comes from our hearts. Barbara Borden is a woman and world-class professional drummer, and definitely, in her right work!

12 Songs That Will Make You Fall In Love With Supergroups All Over Again

Posted 03.09.2015 | Entertainment

You know what’s better than one insanely popular band or one extremely successful artist? When they all merge together to create a beautiful, downri...

Madonna: A Rebel With a Cause

Nathan Smith | Posted 05.07.2015 | Gay Voices
Nathan Smith

With this thirteenth record, Madonna is telling us she has not, does not, and will not ever stop her campaign against breaking the rules of gender, sex, and the limits placed on her own humanity.

Aural Fixation: RIP Mixtape

Sheila Moeschen | Posted 04.29.2015 | Media
Sheila Moeschen

Once upon a time, the mixtape was the audio valentine of choice. It was the preferred method of telling a guy or girl you wanted to hold their sweaty palm in yours and pretend to watch a movie.

This Singer From Amsterdam is the Best Artist you Don't Know

Stephen Grant | Posted 04.29.2015 | Arts
Stephen Grant

Now that America is preparing for summer concert season it will be hard to find a festival lineup that doesn't feature popular Dutch producers such as Afrojack and Tiësto. Yet, beyond the house rhythms in the city of Amsterdam, there is soul, pop, jazz and the gifted Benny Sings.

The 20 Greatest Movie Songs Robbed of Oscar Nominations

Xaque Gruber | Posted 04.24.2015 | Entertainment
Xaque Gruber

Fifty years ago, Shirley Bassey's Goldfinger, arguably the greatest James Bond theme of all, and one of the most explosive musical compositions in the history of cinema missed winning the Academy Award for Best Song -- in fact, it missed a nomination altogether.

An Open Letter to Artists, Present and Future

T-Boz and Chilli | Posted 04.19.2015 | Entertainment
T-Boz and Chilli

We are at a place in time when fellow artists can raise one another up and sponsor one another into an age of creative freedom. And in the future ahead, what we have to look forward to, as a community, is a new wave of creative expression.

Let's Face It, Without Controversy, The Grammys -- and Probably The Music Business -- Would Be Done

David Fagin | Posted 04.15.2015 | Entertainment
David Fagin

Last Sunday's telecast of the annual awards show netted its lowest ratings in over six years. This shouldn't really come as a surprise to anyone, except for maybe Kanye West, who happens to be one of the few interesting artists left in the decaying corpse that is today's music business.

New Book Offers Deep Dive Into '65

Candy Leonard | Posted 04.12.2015 | Books
Candy Leonard

When the Beatles came on the scene in 1964, they scattered seeds of change -- musical and otherwise -- onto very fertile ground. By the following year, those seeds were blossoming and became part of the renaissance called "the sixties."

Madonna, Annie Lennox and 'Acting Your Age'

Keo Nozari | Posted 04.12.2015 | Gay Voices
Keo Nozari

Annie Lennox and Madonna have different paths. BOTH of these remarkable, self-empowered ladies' paths are valid. And we can honor and respect the choices each of the these women have made for themselves.

Sweet Ophelia: An Interview With Musician Zella Day

Logan Lynn | Posted 04.11.2015 | Entertainment
Logan Lynn

If you aren't already listening to Zella Day, now is the moment to do yourself a favor and make things right in your world by putting on headphones and diving in. You can thank me later.

Eight-Time Grammy Winner Manny Marroquin's Music Mixing Magic

Xaque Gruber | Posted 04.05.2015 | Entertainment
Xaque Gruber

Manny Marroquin is the most humble hitmaking powerhouse mixer in the business. With eight Grammies to his name so far including the rare feat of winn...

On Whitney: When 'The Bubble' Bursts

Cynthia Dagnal-Myron | Posted 03.24.2015 | Entertainment
Cynthia Dagnal-Myron

Watched a snippet of Whitney -- the TV movie -- this weekend. The one directed by Angela Bassett. The fact that I only watched a snippet is the only "review" you need. It was just too Lifetime for me.