Near and Far
Over the years, the Grammy awards have become less and less about music and more about an entertainment spectacle. The nominations were even announced on an hour-long TV show on a Friday night.
Daft Punk picked up trophies for album and record of the year, Lorde won two awards for “Royals,” and Macklemore and Ryan Lewis took home four, including Best New Artist.
Ellis eludes categorization within either mainstream country or Americana music by going the route of both formats’ greatest maverick craftsmen; you’ll hear Merle Haggard here along with Willie Nelson, and a bit of Rodney Crowell’s sparkle.
Wonderland is, at times, superficially soothing and fun, an almost hedonistic paean. But not far beneath the surface lies something more unsettling and challenging: a statement about isolation and loneliness and a delicate search for meaning.
Whether she sings in English or Spanish, Chavez captures a healthy dose of American soul, country and rock music, and she could hold her own with any Mexican ranchera singer, past or present.
On her sixth album, the Bostonian singer-songwriter gets darker and more sinister than ever before. Its title must refer to a cold, polarizing kind of July, with the frigid climes that accompany an early-February release.
With its subtle strings and sly infectiousness, Heart Murmurs is no less than an attempt to craft a new batch of pop standards. Whether Messersmith succeeds depends mostly on how many people are lucky enough to hear him.
The Sweetheart compilations adhere to a simple concept in which well-liked contemporary artists cover well-liked classic love songs just in time for Valentine’s Day. This year’s participants include Fiona Apple, Vampire Weekend, Sharon Jones, Ben Harper, Jim James, Beck, Valerie June and more.
A prolific collaborator, Crosby says a good song is better off shared than strategically set aside. His new solo studio album, Croz, is his first such release in two decades.
Linda Holmes and Stephen Thompson get together for the umpteenth time (well, sixth time) to provide live commentary on the Grammy Awards.
Among other things, Daft Punk is up for Album of the Year, the Beatles will get a Lifetime Achievement award and Madonna and Beyoncé might perform together.
Emily Lazar is a rarity in the music industry: a female mastering engineer with a slow, collaborative approach. She’s had a hand in more than 2,000 songs and albums, working with everyone from Lou Reed to Vampire Weekend.
Ozy.com co-founder Carlos Watson talks about a rising star who has made writing about hip-hop serious business, and the advertising tactics that life insurance companies are using to attract young people.
‘I had a vision,” says the singer, whose latest album showcases the voices of women from Kenya and her home country of Benin.
The French website La Blogothéque is famous for what it calls “Take Away Shows”: original, informal videos of musicians from across the U.S. and Europe playing live in unlikely places.
What exactly does The Recording Academy do besides stage the annual Grammys telecast? The non-profit has been criticized for how it spends its money — and for how it hands out awards.
The 1930s-style “viper jazz” band swings with rock ‘n’ roll fury in a live studio session.
A reader discovers Devendra Banhart eight albums into his career. Where’s a new fan supposed to begin?
Join Alt.Latino for a journey from Son Jarocho music’s birthplace in Mexico all the way up to where it’s planted roots in Los Angeles.
Wayne Kramer’s early life was defined by the explosive guitar riffs he once played for the legendary band, the MC5….