It's shockingly been ten years since the release of The Postal Services's influential album Give Up. To commemorate the anniversary, the duo, comprised of Death Cab for Cutie's Ben Gibbard and Dntel's Jimmy Tamborello, are reuniting for some upcoming shows and a deluxe reissue.
From its opening notes, Trixie Whitley’s debut record Fourth Corner is a triumph thanks to the singer's powerful, emotional delivery that goes right for the gut. The record is a confident statement of an artist on the verge. Hear the album in its entirety until its release on Jan. 29.
In seven or so albums as Mice Parade, Adam Pierce has traversed shoegaze, twee-strumentals, low-fi electronica and post-rock, and more recently incorporated Brazilian Tropicalia and West African influences. On Candela, Pierce continues to add some more pages to his musical passport while drawing further on his indie-pop past, with surprising, appealing results. Hear the album in its entirety until its release on Jan. 29.
Author Adam Mansbach's innovative new novel, Rage Is Back, submerges readers into the world of graffiti and couples the book with an intriguing companion piece: a hip hop mixtape.
David Bowie unveils a birthday surprise for his fans, a new song and his first album in nearly ten years, The Next Step.
This week our Check Ahead is something you can read! Get a glimpse into the new book from Jonathan Cott, called Dinner With Lenny: The Last Long Interview With Leonard Bernstein. It's a frank, passionate, and at times salty conversation with the late composer, conductor and educator.
In an article on Salon.com last week titled “Did the American songbook kill jazz?,” arts reporter Scott Timberg explores the genre’s reliance on standards -- and the idea that constant (and often mediocre) recycling of old familiars like “Autumn Leaves” and “Stardust” has perhaps been the poison slowly sapping the energy out of jazz and its audience for the past forty years.