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We Get It, You Don't Like Popular Music

Stephen Grant | Posted 11.12.2014 | Entertainment
Stephen Grant

I get it. You like Aphex Twin, Tourist, Gold Panda and Flying Lotus. These are names that people don't hear as often as say Taylor Swift and Beyonce, but don't act like you are above popular music. Enjoying less popular music does not make you smarter than everyone else. I'm not a genius, but I don't think intelligence works that way.

Why I Will Never Want the 'Same Love'

Jay Dodd | Posted 03.29.2014 | Gay Voices
Jay Dodd

Macklemore has become a beacon of white gay hope and the face of "progress." As an independent artist, his fame and wealth are truly surprising and almost inspiring. However, he does a more destructive and problematic work, and his success, as validated by his new Grammy awards, speak to a larger injustice.

Martin Guitars at the Metropolitan

J. Michael Welton | Posted 03.25.2014 | Arts
J. Michael Welton

Early American Guitars: The Instruments of C. F. Martin is not only about the works of art, beauty and music that this 19th century Viennese immigrant and artisan created. It's also the story of how he changed the trajectory of handmade guitars in America.

Alicia Keys, Joni Mitchell, and Some Women of the Bible

Michael Gilmour | Posted 02.12.2014 | Religion
Michael Gilmour

When the narrators of popular songs represent the male perspective, allusions to sacred imagery are often part of an effort to seduce. By contrast, when the narrator represents a female's perspective, allusions to sacred imagery sometimes highlight marginal status.

A Groove for Peaceful Democracy in Africa -- My Experiences From Kenya's 2013 Elections

Rocky Dawuni | Posted 05.15.2013 | World
Rocky Dawuni

I was thankful to witness this collective courage of a country to take a bold step from its past experiences. It filled me with a sense of hope that Africa's march to democracy has entered a new phase.

'Charleston' Creator A Pioneer Among Black Composers

Marin Alsop | Posted 04.22.2013 | Arts
Marin Alsop

I first read about Johnson and his orchestral compositions in a liner note to a Gershwin recording. When I tracked down the author, Robert Kimball, he told me the fascinating story of James P.'s life and career.

Country Is Finally 'Countrywide'!

Dyana Posner | Posted 03.27.2013 | New York
Dyana Posner

You have to drive upstate to hear your favorite country tunes that are slightly less mainstream, and most of those stations get fuzzy fairly quickly. Until now. That's right -- country radio is back in New York City!

Pathways of Connectivity

Laurence Boschetto | Posted 12.05.2012 | Business
Laurence Boschetto

It seems like a no-brainer to include diverse stars and songs that cross cultures and generations in ads. With the shifts we are seeing in our country, using diverse talent is more important than ever.

Blue Sky Riders: Music for the Rest of Us

Ilene Angel | Posted 09.29.2012 | Entertainment
Ilene Angel

Where's the new music for grownups? Until now, we have been relegated to oldies concerts with perpetual re-releases of the same songs we already know -- not that there's anything wrong with that. It's just that it's not enough.

Why Has There Been Such a Decline in the Quality of Popular Music?

Quora | Posted 07.25.2012 | Entertainment
Quora

This question originally appeared on Quora. By Benjamin Moshe, Product Manager for IMDb Kind of a strange question. Decline in the quality of popu...

Mainstream Music Sucks. There, I Said It

| Abby H., Newton, MA | Posted 01.01.2012 | Home

This is a teen-written article from our friends at Teenink.com. Music is a powerful thing. It evokes feelings and has the power to bring people tog...

OMD at Terminal 5, First U.S. Show in 23 Years

Michael Giltz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

I think Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark was almost as surprised as I was by the mob of people who showed up for their first U.S. concert in 23 years. But there the audience was, faithful fans who weren't just there to hear "If You Leave."

Does America Also Need Cultural Health Care?

Rob Patterson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Rob Patterson

The majors were an almost ghostly presence at SXSW 2010. The indies have now seized the day within the leading-edge music market.

Tearing Down the Walls: In Praise of Joe Henry

Leonce Gaiter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Leonce Gaiter

If you don't know him, check out Joe Henry. He is a shockingly talented man making music that can make you giddy. He is a shockingly talented man who can break your heart.

Exclusive: Nellie McKay Talks About Her Best Album Yet

Michael Giltz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

Nellie McKay's fourth album, Normal As Blueberry Pie, is a warm and quietly marvelous tribute to Doris Day. It hits the sweet spot in combining her talent and sensibility (future-retro?) in one focused project.