September 3, 2016 |
Ever since Kevin Barnes formed Of Montreal 20 years ago in Athens, Ga., he and his decorous band have morphed through all genres and gender identifications. The band has done it all: dreamy Elephant 6 collective pop, swooning 1960s psychedelia, curt 1970s funk, gilded glam, blue-denim country, prog rock, 1980s electronica. The one element that courses through Of Montreal's 13 full lengths, though, is Barnes' warm and wordy frankness. Of Montreal (stylized as of Montreal ) has just released its EDM-tinged Innocence Reaches . Barnes has just come off a recent divorce, and two of his musical heroes - David Bowie and Prince - have died.
August 14, 2016 |
Last year, he was a rock star. This year, David Bowie is officially a dead composer. But is he a Dead Great Composer, like Beethoven? Well, he was treated like a DGC this summer at the BBC Proms, one of the most prestigious summer classical festivals in the world, held at London's Royal Albert Hall. Artists from senior-citizen rocker John Cale to 38-year-old French opera singer Philippe Jaroussky gathered to form what was called the Stargaze ensemble to discover what one of the hosts called "another side of David Bowie.
August 6, 2016 |
Just because his father is Waylon Jennings and his mother is Jessi Colter doesn't mean you should call Shooter Jennings an outlaw. The genre-jumping musician, loping vocalist, and provocative lyricist is barely even country, what with his leaps into dystopian hard rock ( Black Ribbons ), sleek arena blues ( Electric Rodeo ), and smoked-hammy Euro disco (the recently released Countach (For Giorgio) , a tribute to Giorgio Moroder). Still, he knows that you're out there, digging on his EP of George Jones covers, Don't Wait Up (For George)
May 7, 2016 |
Avant-pop specialist Jherek Bischoff has brought his orchestral sense of quirk to everything he's done as a player, arranger, or producer. That includes his legendary 2012 chamber-pop solo piece, Composed ; his work with theatrical vocalist/pianist Amanda Palmer; and his arrangements on 2014's Changing Light from Mirah, an equally audacious composer with whom Bischoff shares a Boot & Saddle stage this week. He recently performed with Palmer at Radio City Music Hall for a David Bowie tribute.
May 2, 2016 |
In 2016, I've had to abandon my long-held, entirely nonscientific theory about the timing of the deaths of much-loved musicians. It's not the they-come-in-threes theory, which, if true, might provide solace in a year when David Bowie, Merle Haggard, and Prince have been lost. If that numerological reasoning holds true, maybe there won't be any more enormously influential titans exiting for a while. No, my theory was calendrical. They die in December, it always seemed to me. That idea is partly based on the memory of the most shocking rock death - John Lennon's assassination in December 1980 - as well as a long list of others who left as days grew short.
February 27, 2016 |
Kanye West hates on Swift "She not cool no more," Narcissist-in-Chief Kanye West , 38, said of Taylor Swift during a profanity-laced rant on stage Tuesday at an L.A. club where he performed tunes from his new album, The Life of Pablo . "She had two seconds to be cool, and she [bleeped] it up. " A self-anointed genius, Mr. Kim Kardashian has no need to go all vampire on other artists' reputations to make his own. People mag says Swift, 26, did not shrivel up and die: She was all smiles as she shopped at Isabel Marant's Melrose boutique.
February 14, 2016 |
As far as hip-hop's cult of personality goes, Fetty Wap, of Paterson, N.J., has it all sewn up. He's an anomaly - a guy who sing-speaks melodic, licentious, East Coast gangsta-rap love songs, but doesn't allow guns in his videos. A handsome young man, he isn't afraid to show off the ocular prosthesis where his left eye was before it was damaged by glaucoma in childhood. Fetty Wap made the summer of 2015 his personal jukebox with back-to-back Top 10 hits such as "679," "Again," and "My Way," yet he still manages to seem like an underground sensation with hard-banging trap beats as deep as his regard for Lambos.
February 4, 2016
By Paul Halpern In January, the world of music lost several giants known as much for their hit songwriting as for their multi-decade performance careers: David Bowie, Paul Kantner of Jefferson Airplane, and Glenn Frey of the Eagles. When luminaries pass away within weeks of each other, articles often appear attempting to find commonalities - sometimes real, other times contrived. In the case of Bowie and Kantner, there is indeed a deep cosmic connection. Both were avid readers who loved science fiction, popular science, and outer-space themes.
February 4, 2016
Conscious uncoupling pays off We mocked Gwyneth Paltrow when she declared in 2014 that she and then-husband Chris Martin were parting ways in a super-amicable process called "conscious uncoupling. " There will be no acrimony, the duo said, but a harmonious divorce that would save their kids, Apple and Moses , from unnecessary trauma. The strategy worked wonders and the duo are still close friends, Gwyn says. "If you can't stay married, wouldn't the ideal be that you could still be a family and you could put aside your own stuff long enough to explore - what is this new family and who am I in it?"
February 2, 2016 |
"KUNG FU PANDA 3" chopped all competitors down to size this past weekend, dominating the North American box office with a respectable $41 million, according to Rentrak estimates. The animated sequel fared much better than the weekend's other new openers: "The Finest Hours" debuted in fourth place with $10.3 million, "Fifty Shades of Black" earned a modest $6.2 million, "Jane Got a Gun" brought in only $803,000. Someone's getting a write-off. "The Revenant" and "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" took second and third place with $12.4 million and $10.8 million, respectively.