Indeed, the Staples are (at the risk of sounding redundant) a staple of Americana music. Their distinct history is perhaps the American dream, captured in Greg Kot's latest I'll Take You There: Mavis Staples, the Staple Singers, and the March up Freedom's Highway. Longtime pop music critic for the Chicago Tribune, Kot finally gives us a unique insight into both the family and the music.
Mr. Bob Dylan has been the subject of scrutiny lately, what with the Super Bowl premiere for Chrysler's new ad campaign (eh, did you watch--let alone care?). Mr. Bob Dylan has been the subject of scrutiny lately, what with the Super Bowl premiere for Chrysler's new ad campaign (eh, did you watch--let alone care?).
Mr. Bob Dylan may be elusive, yet he still finds a way into the public eye.
The grand-father of the folk movement, singing troubadour to Masters of the Universe and college youths alike, author of America's folk standard "If I Had a Hammer--Pete Seeger--passed away this Monday at New York's Presbyterian Hospital. He was a "mighty" 94 years old.
Sō Percussion's unique style of ensemble infuses all things struck and battered. Sure, composers the likes of Edgard Varèse, John Cage and Steve Reich have passed down their percussive theories, but this quartet has formulated a repertoire--if not an entire ideology--that's pretty much all their own.
Yesterday, Classicalite published my piece on the importance of staying relevant in our ever-changing world. As such thinking is wont to do, it met with a bit of criticism. Occasionally, yes, music and culture that begins outside the mainstream wedges a foot in the popular door--only to rip the damn thing off its hinges.
Music and politics are often at an impasse. It's arguable the affect music can have as a force behind political motion--and how music can ultimately effect change on a large scale.
"Please leave the politics out and just read the damn thing for yourself." -- Ian Holubiak
Let's change gears for a second. In fact, let's hop on another train and take it further south, from the Big Apple to Music City, Tenn. Yes, I am speaking of none other than the heel-toe clicking Nashville--city of lights, dreams and music.
In a new study on past and present artists and musicians from the Netherlands, researchers suggest that the toll of creating art and music correlates with a longer and more fulfilling life.
And for a movie based on the book of the life led by Dave Van Ronk, there's some fine acting in this film. Oscar Isaac's "Llewyn Davis" is often magical.