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Adison Evans

Beyonce Saxophonist Adison Evans Releases New Album Hero >>

Known for her work with Beyoncé, Jay Z and Demi Lovato, Adison Evans debut album, 'HERO', draws on her influences, travels and life experience that have influenced her both musically and personally for a deeply personal offering, that encompasses a love for jazz, R&B and positive affirmation.

Matana Roberts

EXCLUSIVE: Matana Roberts Part One: 'COIN COIN', #BlackLivesMatter and Beyonce, Jay Z Baltimore Bailouts >>

For the past eight years Matana Roberts has been at work on her Coin Coin series exploring themes of history, memory and ancestry through narrative, musical and visual compositions. The multi-chapter composition of self-described “panoramic sound quilting” exposes mystical roots and delves into the intuitive spirit traditions from several pockets of American pastoral past. In 2011, Constellation records began to put out the Coin Coin project, now up to it’s third release: Chapter 3 entitled River Run Thee. A set of solo compositions for electronics, multi-tracked voices and her staple saxophone, River Run Thee directly deals with the American waterways and what transpired through nautical transportation in the past interspersed with field recordings and spoken-word passages. From Sticks And Stones in the early aughts to her solo and ensemble work on Constellation and Central Control records, Matana has made a name for herself as an internationally renowned composer, bandleader, saxophonist, sound experimentalist and mixed-media artist. Late last month, Matana presented Coin Coin: The Remix, a redux of River Run Thee at The Kitchen. Joined by drummer and percussionist Tomas Fujiwara with video work conceived by Daniel Marcellus Givens, the performances offered two rare reworked stylings of Chapter 3 in relation to the first two: Coin Coin Chapter 1: Gens des Coleur Libre, and Coin Coin Chapter 2: Mississippi Moonchile. To wit, the two-night residency held the celebratory honor of the series five-year release anniversary. In this two part series we caught up with Matana to discuss The Kitchen performance, life living on a boat and what pop culture means to the Black Lives Matter movement.


Beyoncé's 'Symphony No. 10 in E minor' [VIDEO] >>

Unlike the best would-be symphonists, Dmitri Shostakovich actually made it to ten symphonies. His Symphony No. 10 in E minor (Op. 93) was premiered by the Leningrad Phil, under the baton of Yevgeny Mravinsky, way, way back on December 17, 1953--following the most timely death of Stalin that March. Now, this here vid was uploaded to YouTube on April 1, 2015, courtesy of one William Gerlach and 'Toronto Star' music critic Michael Vincent.

Lindsey Stirling

Lindsey Stirling Wins '15 YouTube Music Awards >>

This has been quite a year for violinist Lindsey Stirling. The dancing musician appeared in the Grammy Legacy concert and was named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 list. Now, Stirling has been announced as one of the 50 musicians who are winners at the 2015 YouTube Music Awards. Other artists include heavy-hitters such as Beyoncé, Taylor Swift and Lady Gaga.


K-Pop's Hyuna from 4Minute Ranks No. 5 on 'Rolling Stone's' '10 Best Music Videos of 2014' List with 'Red' >>

"Rolling Stone" has ranked K-pop star Hyuna’s hit “Red” No. 5 on its “10 Best Music Videos of 2014” list. Hyuna, the rapper from the all-girl K-pop sensation 4Minute, released her third solo album last year, titled "A Talk," which included her single “Red.” Its rare to see a K-pop video rank in an American list, especially so high. Hyuna is the only Asian artist to make the cut. “Hyuna's K-pop hit is a schizophrenic mess, switching from trap and hip-hop to bubbly pop and slinky Middle Eastern electro,” says the magazine. The list also includes Taylor Swift’s “Blank Space,” Beyoncé’s “Pretty Hurts” with ‘“Chandelier” by Sia at No. 1. After “Red” was released in South Korea, it quickly climbed the charts all the way to the No. 1 spot. The video for “Red” currently has more than 20 million YouTube views.


Michael Cera Stars in Steppenwolf's 'This Is Our Youth' with Keiran Culkin & Tavi Gevinson; Releases Album 'True That' >>

Michael Cera released an indie lullaby of an album, True That, Beyonce style-- overnight fittingly on Bandcamp. To wit, Cera received a promotional Twitter announcement from old time friend Jonah Hill. Must have thought these up on set for This Is Our Youth with Tavi Gevinson and Kieran Culkin.

For Better or Worse, Village Voice's Pazz+Jop Rank the Top Albums and Singles of 2013 [POLL]

For Better or Worse, Village Voice's Pazz+Jop Rank the Top Albums and Singles of 2013 [POLL] >>

While many argue the merits of the long-suffering publication as well as the results therein--hey, the lot of us feel the same way about the Grammys--the Voice's P+J issue (conceived of by disgraced music editor, Bob Xgau) is about as consensus as we're likely to get these days.

The Royal Opera House music director Antonio Pappano describes Beyoncé as ‘amazing,’ says children don’t know The Beatles, Rolling Stones, The Who; we need to be exposed to history >>

The Royal Opera House's music director, Sir Antonio Pappano who described Beyoncé as 'amazing,' claims that children don't' know about The Beatles, Rolling Stones, The Who which is connected to having no sense of music history.

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