| Dec 10, 2010
Daniel Lanois loves shadows — in his rooms, in his photographs and most famously in the atmospheric music he has produced for himself and such artists as Bob Dylan, U2 and Peter Gabriel, in which sonic shadows lend dimension and an air of mystery....
| Jul 5, 2011
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| Oct 16, 2011
The cristal baschet is one of the most beautiful musical instruments you will ever see, made of vibrating, tuned steel, fiberglass amplification cones and wire "whiskers" that shimmy when fingers rub the glass-rod keyboard. Film composer Cliff Martinez'...
| Jun 26, 2011
The time slot was an unforgiving one and the venue even worse. When Foster the People ambled onstage at noon on the final full day of the nearly weeklong South by Southwest music festival in Austin, Texas, in March, it was exhaustion rather than...
| Jul 3, 2011
In late 2009, noise-pop group Animal Collective followed up its critics-poll-topping album "Merriweather Post Pavilion" with a stopgap EP, "Fall Be Kind." It generated buzz for featuring the first-ever licensed Grateful Dead sample, but what was more...
| Aug 5, 2011
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The first time Reggie Watts performed in Chicago, about five years ago, he sold 20 tickets. Chris Ritter, owner of the now-defunct Lakeshore Theater on Broadway, booked him on a tip from comedian Paul Provenza.
But faced with a nearly empty house,...
| Nov 1, 2011
"The Velvet Underground's first album only sold 10,000 copies," Brian Eno's famous quote posits, "but everyone who bought it formed a band."
The Beach Boys were never remotely in the same universe of rock hipsterdom that the Velvets have long occupied,...
| Oct 29, 2011
U2, the Irish pop band, is the subject of a fascinating new documentary, "From the Sky Down," premiering Saturday on Showtime. Like most modern rockumentaries, it was commissioned by the people it is about, and it will be included in some of the...
| Jul 7, 2011
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There's something about Compton and rap. Always has been -- since the days when Alonzo Williams conscripted a sequin-suited Dr. Dre into the World Class Wreckin' Cru. Despite not being a part of Los Angeles proper, the incorporated city in......
| Jul 13, 2011
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The son of Fela Kuti follows his father's legacy in fiery form with a signature mix of taut Afrobeat and socially conscious lyrics....
| Jul 15, 2011
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Pollyn "How Small We Are" from Pollyn on Vimeo. It's been a banner year for Brian Eno. His latest record, "Drums Between the Bells," has been praised and he co-produced the stellar Seun Kuti record. Moreover, the music he made......