Pop music is rejecting the piano. Why?
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The instrument’s warm tone is increasingly rare in an industry driven by computer-generated sounds. A SEARCH for the sound of acoustic...
- Dec 26, 2016
Why George Michael’s Music Will Always Make Us Feel Like Teenagers
George Michael was only 53 years old when he left us, but for Generation X, his music recalls the Cold War-era sounds of our youth. The...
- Dec 21, 2016
The Curious Comforts of “In the Bleak Midwinter”
FEW Christmas songs temper the joy and light of the festive season with the dark realities of modern life. Most “wish it could be...
- Oct 5, 2016
Maxwell reimagines a Kate Bush song
The protest songs of the 1960s were anthems for freedom and peace. In 2016, Maxwell's cover of "This Women's Work" continues the tradition.
- Aug 27, 2016
Why We Love the Dulcimer-Playing Dad, His Raccoon and Tears for Fears
On Wednesday, August 24, 2016 Ted Yoder set up a dulcimer in his Goshen, Indiana backyard and turned on Facebook Live, while his wife and...
- May 3, 2016
What Happened When Jimmy Carter and Bono Went to the Disco
Bono, Jimmy Carter and Nile Rodgers made for a surprising trio of revelers at New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom last Friday night. On the...
- Apr 21, 2016
Prince’s Death and the Power of Music
Every note produced further evidence that he was one of the most purely creative and otherworldly talents to walk the earth in our time.
- Jan 4, 2016
Why We’re Still Watching That Video of Aretha Franklin at the Kennedy Center
By now, I’m sure you’ve seen the viral video of the Queen of Soul singing for the Obamas and songwriter Carole King at the Kennedy Center...
- Aug 27, 2015
U2’s Disappearing Act: Age Against the Machine
LAST September U2 released its 13th album, “Songs of Innocence.” Critics lauded the collection’s lush ballads and rhythmically angular...
- Jul 13, 2015
The Legacy of Live Aid, 30 Years Later
On July 13, 1985, Africa became a brand. The image of a starving Ethiopian girl named Birhan Woldu flickered across TV screens as Paul...
- Mar 30, 2015
How 1980s Atlanta Became the Backdrop for the Future
Downtown Atlanta contains very little brick and mortar. A westward view of the city’s skyline—the same image used in the opening credits...
- Jan 11, 2014
Vince Gill, Jackson Browne and Dr. John Honor Gregg Allman
All-star band gathers for ‘All My Friends: Celebrating the Songs & Voice of Gregg Allman’ in Atlanta: Rock and Roll Hall of Famers joined...
- Sep 30, 2013
When Little Richard Met Cee Lo
Last night in Atlanta, Little Richard joined Cee Lo Green onstage for a Recording Academy fundraiser, where the topics ranged from MC...
- Dec 9, 2009
Will Howard Zinn Get Broad Acclaim With New Films?
For Howard Zinn, some things never change. Backstage at the Atlanta Film Festival, after screening his new documentary, The People Speak,...
- Sep 9, 2008
Fall Fashion 2009: Return of the 1990s Supermodel
The fashion industry wants everything skinny—except, of course, its magazines. While thin models sashay under the tents at New York’s...
- Aug 1, 2008
John Mellecamp and Campaign Music
By now, John Mellencamp is used to hearing his songs on the Election 2008 soundtrack. McCain, Clinton and Edwards all used his patriotic...
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