Variety Reviews ‘Harry Styles’

Variety Reviews ‘Harry Styles’

Jem Aswad took us back to the day when music journalism was art with his lively, insightful Variety review of the self-titled debut album from One Direction frontman Harry Styles. Written in the “forward-thinking retro” fashion of the album itself, Aswad’s writing is packed with enough information for a pop history lesson, but way more fun to read […]

Bjork in the VRoom

Bjork in the VRoom

Icelandic artist Björk makes her Walt Disney Concert Hall debut on May 30, performing with a 32-piece string orchestra in a sold-out concert conducted by Bjarni Frímann Bjarnason. The event is part of the LA Phil’s Reykjavík Festival, highlighting what the organization calls the “profound musical creativity” from Björk’s native land. It also coincides with […]

World’s Oldest Tune

World’s Oldest Tune

A 3,400 year-old melody has been given a tuning-up by music historian Michael Levy, a composer who  researches ancient works, recreating them as authentically as possible. In the case of the Hurrian song, that meant plucking on lyres that mimick those that were around in antiquity. Okay, so this happened last year, and we’re late […]

Springsteen Surprise Show

Springsteen Surprise Show

Bruce Springsteen was joined by bandmate  Steven Van Zandt and fellow NJ rocker Southside Johnny in a surprise two-hour jam session that was undoubtedly the highlight of the Asbury Park Music and Film Festival April 21 at the Paramount Theatre. Springsteen’s performance preceded the premiere of  a documentary about the town’s former Upstage Club, Just Before the Dawn: […]

‘Moana’ Soundtrack Back on Top

‘Moana’ Soundtrack Back on Top

Walt Disney Records’ Moana has regained the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Soundtrack chart for the week of April 29, bumping that company’s Beauty and the Beast to No. 2, after a six week stint at the top. Moana also climbed a notch on the Billboard 200 chart, back up to No. 6, where it’s been toggling (between No. 7) […]

Up Next for Apple: Emerging Musicians

Up Next for Apple: Emerging Musicians

Apple Inc. has unveiled Up Next, a program to give emerging artists a public platform, via one months’ exposure across various Apple Music platforms. The first artist to go Up Next is Atlanta’s 6lack, a 24-year-old singer whose debut album, Free6lack, was released in November. Born Ricardo Valdez Valentine, his stage name is pronounced “black.” Apple today released a […]

Clive Davis Doc Goes to Apple Music

Clive Davis Doc Goes to Apple Music

Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives is being distributed exclusively through Apple Music, Davis announced on the eve of the film’s April 20 premiere at the 16th Annual Tribeca Film Festival, where it provided a glitzy opening night at Radio City Music Hall. The documentary, directed by Chris Perkel, was financed by IM Global and produced by Scott Free […]

African Music Institute to Open

African Music Institute to Open

Berklee College of Music will in September welcome the first class of students to the African Music Institute in Gabon. The new educational facility will instruct in pan-African music studies, will feature a state-of-the-art recording studio for student projects and collaborations with visiting artists, study and rehearsal spaces, an auditorium and concert hall, a museum documenting […]

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