How Susana Baca Revived Afro-Peruvian Music

Susana Baca has lived several lives throughout the course of her 77 years. She is a well-known singer in Peru and an advocate for Afro-Peruvian music, thanks to a collaboration with David Byrne's Luaka Bop record label. She is an ethnomusicologist who runs a cultural center in Peru, and she was just the second Afro-Peruvian […]

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Festival Review: No Bounds — Sheffield's Electro-industrial Heartbeat

No Bounds is an event that highlights the history and present of Sheffield. The city's industrial history is never far from sight, with the Hope Works nightclub, a former first-world-war gun-barrel factory on the outskirts of town, as well as the Kelham Island Museum. Never more so than when Helena Hauff's brutal pounding techno rings […]

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Jamire Williams' New Album

The stars who have inscribed Jamire Williams in their Rolodexes are more than remarkable, including Solange Knowles, Moses Sumney, Blood Orange, Herbie Hancock, and Robert Glasper. These musicians are united by their desire to push boundaries, to tip the balance between popular and avant-garde, and they often enlist Houston-born multi-instrumentalist Williams to perform on and […]

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Composer Alan Hawkshaw Dies at 84

Alan Hawkshaw, a musician and composer who wrote some of the most well-known TV themes in the UK and was copied widely in hip-hop, has died at the age of 84. He was taken to the hospital last week with pneumonia and died early on Saturday. Hawkshaw composed the loping, almost reggae-like tune to Grange […]

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I Got a Rare Cancer: I Was in a Band

It was a beautiful bright day in Glasgow on June 25, 2019. I had a good time packing bags with my wife, Jackie, this morning. I was a screenplay writer by day and a songwriter with the Sweetheart Revue, an Americana band that had been going for 14 years. For the first time in my […]

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Lasers, Confetti, and Ed Sheeran Return to Coldplay

Coldplay's next album's marketing is a study in contrasts to that of its predecessor. Everyday Life, a 2019 experimental double album, was launched via typewritten letters to fans and classified advertisements in local newspapers. Its showcase performance in Jordan included the record being performed in its entirety without an audience. Its follow-up, on the other […]

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