9 days ago | Classical
At first, Charles Arthur Russell was just Charley. Growing up in Iowa during the Fifties and Sixties, Charley vacationed in the Midwest and Mexico with his parents and two sisters. As a teenager, Charley decided he wanted to be called Arthur. When...
29 days ago | Music Reviews
For those of us intermittently confused by March Madness, Billboard is running a Should-Be-Bigger Bracket right now for pop stars who are not as famous as their talents merit. By the time you read this, Billboard's five judges will have weighed in...
1 month ago | Music Reviews
There's a decent chance you've heard Blanck Mass, even if the name means nothing to you. Blanck Mass's music is made entirely by Ben Power, who also records as one half of the duo Fuck Buttons, along with Andy Hung. Both acts were featured extensi...
2 months ago | Nostalgia
The primacy of r&b isn't theoretical. Two weeks ago, after Adele, and not Beyoncé, won the Grammy for Album of the Year — and Song of the Year and Record of the Year — she lugged her awards backstage and said to reporters, "I thought it was he...
3 months ago | Pazz & Jop
Last year, I ditched a bunch of twentieth-century material: vinyl, CDs, turntable, speakers bigger than a lunch box. There was nothing experimental or investigative about this move. Shrinking my house was just convenient. My listening life had mig...
3 months ago | Books
Ottessa Moshfegh's stories present cleanly, no matter how unclean the subject. A high school English teacher keeps a summer house in a depressed town because nobody knows her and the drug dealers at the bus station are reliable. A man in an unname...