‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Sweet’s “Fox on the Run” is used to fun effect in the trailer to Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, but to hear Tyler Bates impressive score, which develops themes from the first Guardians film, released in 2014, click below. Bates has developed a rapport with galactic helmsman James Gunn, with whom he also teamed […]

‘Alien Covenant’

Jed Kurzel’s moody score to Ridley Scott’s latest entry in the Aliens franchise can be heard on the trailer but you can hear the entire theme in the clip below. The film, which stars Michael Fassbinder, Billy Crudup and Katherine Waterston, was released by Twentieth Century Fox on May 19. Australian singer-songwriter Kurzel’s previous project […]

‘Wonder Womam

Sia’s theme song “To Be Human,” featuring Labyrinth, and a score by composer Rupert Gregson-Williams are the musical highlights from the Warner Bros. film Wonder Woman, which hit theaters June 2. Williams has also been working this year on the TNT series The Alienist. Here is the theatrical trailer.

Show Goes On for Grande and ‘One Love Manchester’

Show Goes On for Grande and ‘One Love Manchester’

Ariana Grande’s star-studded One Love Manchester benefit concert will be seen in more the 50 countries, including the U.S. on ABC, according to the BBC, which will pool coverage of the event taking place today at at the Old Trafford Cricket Ground. Justin Bieber, Coldplay, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Pharrell Williams and Niall Horan are among those taking the stage with Grande. After a Saturday terror attack […]

‘Pirates: Dead Men’

Geoff Zenelli steps out with is own summer blockbuster score for Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. After years of collaborating with go-to pirates composer Hans Zimmer, providing “additional music by,” he gets to strut his stuff solo. Zanelli also recently collaborated with Grammy-award winning Mark Ronson on the co-written score and […]

Recording Academy ‘Legends’ to PBS

Recording Academy ‘Legends’ to PBS

Nina Simone, Sly Stone, The Velvet Underground and Charley Pride are among those being honored as the Recording Academy’s 2017 Special Merit Awards recipients, who this year for the first time will get a televised tribute concert, Grammy Salute To Music Legends, airing on PBS as part of its Great Performances series. The concert will […]

Because Synthesizers are Fun…

Because Synthesizers are Fun…

The New York Times spotlight on Moogfest, by Jon Pareles,  took us way back to the day when Keith Emerson’s playing was genre-bustin’ fun. “Promising ‘Future Thought and Future Sound,’ Moogfest was part music festival, part symposium, part laboratory. One afternoon, Nona Hendryx (of the singing group Labelle) performed a spoken-word piece over chords generated […]

In Space Can Anybody Hear You Sing?

In Space Can Anybody Hear You Sing?

The tune-driven Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 mega-hit has spawned a new generation of ’70s music lovers. “One of the first things I always hear from fans is how much they loved the music,” says franchise star Chris Pratt, who as hero Peter Quill (aka Star Lord) takes a narrative journey propelled by a Walkman. “People just loved […]

Beck Nabs SESAC Film Honor

Beck Nabs SESAC Film Honor

Trolls composer Christophe Beck took home top honors in the film music category at the annual SESAC Film & Television Composers’ Awards, which was highlighted by a moving speech by music attorney Jay Cooper, a partner of Greenberg Traurig, who received the performing rights organization’s Visionary Award. The annual awards gala, held at the Casa […]

Shazam and Spotify Battle for ‘Song of Summer’ Picks

Shazam and Spotify Battle for ‘Song of Summer’ Picks

Spotify and Shazam both released their song of summer picks, and in a show of seasonal solidarity, there is some crossover: Selena Gomez, Sean Mendes, Luis Fonsi and DJ Khaled and Lil Uzi Vert are the five double-entries. Spotify’s list tilts toward rap while Shazam gives pop equal time. “Summertime is the season of sunny weather, good vibes and […]