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Music I (Mostly) Hold Dear: John Adams

Daniel Asia | Posted 04.08.2014 | Arts
Daniel Asia

John Adams is one of the most frequently performed of American composers and justly so. Shaker Loops continues to hold its allure. In its well-handl...

'New' Lana Del Rey Track Leaks

Posted 04.03.2014 | Entertainment

An unheard Lana Del Rey tune titled "Meet Me in the Pale Moonlight" has randomly surfaced. Although Del Rey's new album, "Ultraviolence," is set to dr...

"Grace for Keshet": Where Music Meets Charity

Judah Joseph | Posted 04.01.2014 | College
Judah Joseph

Grace for Keshet has the potential between March 31st and April 9th to really change the lives of Chicagoan individuals with Special Needs. With each donor's contribution, Jonny's song also gets distributed to another person.

Pushing the 'Underrated'

Andrew Benkovic | Posted 03.18.2014 | Entertainment
Andrew Benkovic

As an avid reader of the magazine for over 10 years, I was happy that the magazine was showcasing entertainment that might be overlooked. This is not the first time the magazine has done something like this, but it was great to see it again.

Artist Profile: Interview With David Crowell, Brooklyn-based Composer & Performer

Joel Garten | Posted 03.17.2014 | Arts
Joel Garten

David Crowell is a Brooklyn-based composer and multi-instrumentalist who creates rhythmically complex music with an easy, almost floating quality t...

The Music I (Mostly) Hold Dear: Brown and Feldman

Daniel Asia | Posted 03.03.2014 | Arts
Daniel Asia

Of the perhaps inappropriately named New York School, I find Earle Brown's the most musically rich and articulate. Sign Sounds is for a small chamber...

Spare Some Changes?

Limor Tomer | Posted 02.28.2014 | Arts
Limor Tomer

As I began to orient the programming more toward the building itself, a wave of dread rippled out, first to colleagues in the classical music world, then to the audience. Change was coming, and the humans were not happy.

$50 Says At Least One Of These Commercial Songs Gets Stuck In Your Head For A Week

The Huffington Post | Lauren Zupkus | Posted 02.27.2014 | TV

Sometimes you can't pull up your Shazam app quickly enough to figure out what that darn song is in that one commercial you always see. Fear not, y'all...

Music I (Mostly) Hold Dear: Takemitsu

Daniel Asia | Posted 02.25.2014 | Arts
Daniel Asia

Toru Takemitsu never wrote an ugly sound in his life. Animated throughout his career by nature, many of his works carry titles relating to water or trees. This is so of two of his most beautiful works, Water Ways and Rainspell.

What Happens When the Soap World and the Metal World Collide?

Andrew Benkovic | Posted 02.18.2014 | Entertainment
Andrew Benkovic

Metal music have passionate fans. Soap operas have passionate fans. To an outsider these two groups might look like complete opposites. They might be right in some cases. However, one metal band brought these two unlikely groups together.

LyricLion: Of the Students, by the Students and for the Students

Alexander Spangher | Posted 04.12.2014 | Arts
Alexander Spangher

On Friday, February 8th, Solomon Hoffman, Columbia 2014, conducted the LyricLion ensemble in its latest concert. LyricLion is unique among campus orga...

Artist Profile: Ian David Rosenbaum, Brooklyn-Based New Music Percussionist

Joel Garten | Posted 04.09.2014 | Arts
Joel Garten

He is very active with the music of living composers, regularly performing and commissioning new works. Rosenbaum has also performed numerous innovative percussion works which have taken music for percussion to new places.

Adam Lyons: Breaking Free and Going 'Psycho'

Andrew Benkovic | Posted 04.08.2014 | Entertainment
Andrew Benkovic

Artists go through transitional phases. Adam Lyons is going through this transition. The 21-year-old pop artist recently had a falling out with his manager and label. The Liverpool native is now attempting to make a splash on his own by creating music independently.

Music I (Mostly) Hold Dear: Steve Reich

Daniel Asia | Posted 04.02.2014 | Arts
Daniel Asia

When an advertisement was plastered on the wall of some abandoned building for the performance of the first part of a new piece, I decided to attend and ended up in a walk-up loft, where we all sat on the floor. Thus I ended up at the premiere of Music for Eighteen Musicians.

Music I (Mostly) Hold Dear: Ligeti

Daniel Asia | Posted 03.18.2014 | Arts
Daniel Asia

I admire Ligeti's desire to keep learning and changing in the course of his career, to move beyond the known and the comfortable.

British Underground Music by Way of Austin

David Duran | Posted 03.23.2014 | Entertainment
David Duran

For fans of the UK underground music scene, Mark Stoney is a familiar name.

Marla Mase Releases New EP

David Duran | Posted 03.19.2014 | Arts
David Duran

Her mix of styles, sounds and words makes for an extremely interesting listening experience. Her music leads the listener to believe that she is a true performer.

Monks Of Mellonwah New Music

David Duran | Posted 03.17.2014 | Arts
David Duran

I was expecting to hear some type of new music involving chanting monks from a far away land.

Music I (Mostly) Hold Dear

Daniel Asia | Posted 03.16.2014 | Arts
Daniel Asia

The music world is a tough one for composers, leaving very few standing at the end. That is just the way it is, as sustained genius doesn't come around all that often. I should also add that sometimes great pieces happen at a very young age.

De Lux On New Albums, Feeling Cool, and Old School Disco Stuff

Alex Jeffries | Posted 03.15.2014 | Entertainment
Alex Jeffries

De Lux makes it possible to dance, think, dance, wonder, and dance some more.

Artist Profile: Interview with Composer Andy Akiho

Joel Garten | Posted 01.26.2014 | Arts
Joel Garten

Andy Akiho's compositions have been performed by the New York Philharmonic, the L.A. Philharmonic, Bang On a Can, American Composers Forum, and The Society for New Music.

In the Windy City, Part II

Daniel Asia | Posted 01.25.2014 | Arts
Daniel Asia

Orchestras are running scared these days, with some going bankrupt, locked out, downsized or having their seasons shortened. Actually, you could say something similar of the entire classical music world. To counteract this, various scenarios are being attempted.

10 Things Musicians Need to Do Now to Prepare for the Holiday Season

Chris J. Mooney | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Chris J. Mooney

The holidays represent a lot of things: time with family, a break from work or school, food, gifts, and some more food. But something that may not be so obvious is that the holidays present great opportunities for musicians.

Beggars' Banquet: New Music Schemes for New Music Dreams

Kurt Ellenberger | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Kurt Ellenberger

For composers of New Music, these marketing tools are very helpful. There are so many marketing opportunities, in fact, that it would be difficult to list them all. Funding, however, is a different story.

JRAND Wants to Take You for a "Ride"

Andrew Benkovic | Posted 12.07.2013 | Entertainment
Andrew Benkovic

JRAND is ready to take you for a "Ride." Okay, maybe not you in particular, but the artist released his single "Ride" on September 17th. The song features T-Pain and Flo Rida. It is produced by DJ Montay and released on Flo Rida's label Poe Boy Music Group.