J. Edward Keyes
14 days ago | Concerts
Early in his sold-out show at the Theatre at Madison Square Garden September 22, after declaring that the night was all about love and creativity, A$AP Rocky announced, “Fuck all that mainstream shit.” This may have been slightly disingenuous. His...
26 days ago | Interviews
Just when it seemed like every corner of the musical universe had been fully explored, every style mash-up mashed, every genre wire crossed, someone comes along and starts a fast-food-themed Black Sabbath cover band. The band in question is Mac Sa...
27 days ago | Concert Reviews
The evolution of Chelsea Wolfe has been a marvel to behold. On her first two records, the genuinely terrifying The Grime and the Glow and Apokalypsis, she sang like someone trapped in a snowstorm, her panicked, desperate vocals rising up from a bl...
29 days ago | Concert Reviews
The music of Terakaft, the Saharan group fronted by Sanou Ag Ahmed and Liya “Diara” Ag Ablil, was borne of turmoil. An offshoot of the celebrated desert blues outfit Tinariwen (Diara was a longtime member of that band), their music reflects the ha...
1 month ago | Concert Reviews
Like many record label employees, the Def Jam executive who introduced the 19-year-old Canadian singer Alessia Cara at the start of her sold-out show at the Bowery Ballroom was at the ready with superlatives. “She is an incredible new star on the ...
2 months ago | Interviews
Darkness permeates the music Luke Younger makes as Helm. On “Mirror Palms,” from 2013’s stunning Silencer, a black cloud of electronics billows up slowly, like smoke in a David Lynch film, until it swallows all available space, gradually joined by...