Two decades after splitting up, the pioneering rap crew released its final album Friday. We Got It from Here mines sounds from across hip-hop’s history, but the content is bracingly of the moment.
Category: The Musicians
Gone ‘Til November, transcribed from the journal he kept while at Rikers, isn’t particularly revealing, but it offers a chance to stop and take stock of where the rapper has been since.
“It can be really tough to be bold,” says the Norwegian art-pop singer of her approach to performance. On her sixth album, Blood Bitch, she aims to balance provocation and complexity.
The pan-generational duo Suzanne Ciani and Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith pay tribute to the modular synth pioneer. “Don Buchla made it possible for me to share the way I hear and connect with the world.”
The death of the highly respected hip-hop figure prompted an outpouring of tribute and personal stories from his community this weekend.
With his bands Celtic Frost and Triptykon, Thomas Gabriel Fischer has spent the last 30 years twisting heavy metal to match his own dark side.
The Chicago-based dance music producer was one of the leading lights of the footwork scene, which features frantic beats and hyper-energetic dancing.
The pioneering house DJ Frankie Knuckles, who died Monday at 59, made deep, complex music that packed dance floors for nearly four decades.
The mastermind behind metal’s most cartoonishly grotesque band brought a sense of levity to the genre when it was in danger of being overwhelmed by negativity and self-importance.
In a keynote event at SXSW, the queen of pop transgression offered support for anyone struggling with self-definition and illustrated how hard it is to steer clear of the constraints of corporate pop.
The righteously outspoken guitarist from doom metal duo Jucifer speaks about women in hard rock, her almost-acoustic side project and her never-ending life on the road.
Robin DiMaggio, who leads The Arsenio Hall Show band, says drummers, who have to be ambidextrous to play their instrument, can drive the music and multitask like champions.
Traditional flamenco is a singer’s art, born in the cradle of Roma culture in Spain. De Lucia was neither a singer nor Roma, which makes his accomplishments all the more extraordinary.
From the birthplace of Stax and Sun Records, and the site of Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination, the pair of rapper-producers snatched soul music and put it to work for a new generation.
A tireless campaigner for his own vision of a utopia marked by peace and togetherness, Pete Seeger’s tools were his songs, his voice, his enthusiasm and his musical instruments.
The New Orleans-based bandleader Alynda Lee Segarra talks about the wide range of political and musical inspirations — from her Puerto Rican background to the Occupy movement and women’s rights in India — behind her band’s new album, Small Town Heroes.