Grimes Art Angels Claire Boucher aka Grimes has a lot in common with pop singer Carly Rae Jepsen. Beyond both being Canadian, each know how to write a dance pop song (for Carly Rae: see “Call Me Maybe”, for Grimes: see “Oblivion”) and have just an incredible knack for melody. Their voices are sweet but small, and both write their own music (something a little uncommon for pop singers). But that’s where the comparisons end. Carly Rae looks the part
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El Vy Return to the Moon When people think of Ohio indie rockers the National, they probably think of sort of sad, existential music. With all the theatrics the Dessner brothers are able to drum up and lead singer Matt Berninger’s deep baritone voice, the National’s sound is wholly distinct but also full of melancholy. But sometimes with all that heaviness you just need a spritzer. Matt Berninger’s latest project with Brent Knopf of the playful, dynamic Texas band Menomena
The History of Rock ‘N’ Roll in Ten Songs Greil Marcus Rock ‘n’ roll music as its evolved has become harder and harder to define. You often hear a couple different approaches to define rock ‘n’ roll: either talking about the music itself (any type of music coming out of a combination of blues, country, New Orleans jazz, and gospel) or the spirit of the music (youthful and rebellious). When defining the history of rock ‘n’ roll, legendary rock critic
In recent years, music documentaries have been covering the unsung heroes of music, from the mysterious artists (Rodriguez in Searching for Sugar Man and Fantastic Man about Nigeria’s William Onyeabor), to the spaces and behind-the-scenes people that create classic sounds. There’s been a recent string of music studio documentaries about the magic of some famous studios, from Dave Grohl’s Sound City to the southern mysticism of Muscle Shoals. A couple years ago, 20 Feet from Stardom even won a “Best Documentary” Oscar
CHVRCHES Every Open Eye When a band releases a huge smash debut that’s a critical and commercial success, I strangely feel sympathy for the band. Why? Well to follow up a debut that is the creative culmination of everything you’ve put together from your childhood until now in a year or two has to be overwhelming, and that’s not to mention fan’s crazy high expectations. It’s sort of a no-win situation for their second record.