Last night's Grammy nominations show was full of pomp, eyeliner, and people on Twitter becoming very confused. Here's the complete list of nominees; below, 20 questions that we're still wrestling with some 14 hours after the broadcast signed off. 1. "Super Bass": Robbed or totally robbed? 2. Now t ... More >>
The end of the year brings a flurry of world music albums with commercial intentions ranging from the archival to the optimistically opportunistic. Some, like the Creole Choir of Cuba's Tande-La or Vlada Tomova's Balkan Tales, accompany tours by the outfits that made them; others are heavily branded ... More >>
Antoine Pratt Boubacar Traore w/Zongo Junction The Bell House Tuesday, September 27 Better than: Eric Clapton's probably inevitable African blues record. Sly Stone offers one possible method for dealing with celebrity: get famous, sell your royalties and squander your money, drop out of sig ... More >>
Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 S.O.B.'s Wednesday, July 27 Better than: FELA! on Broadway. It's not hard to see why Oluseun Anikulapo Kuti"Seun" (SHAY-oon) for shortwas asked to star in the musical about his bandleader father that, after a stint on Broadway that ended this year, is now ... More >>
Yes In My Backyard is a semiweekly column showcasing MP3s from new and emerging local talent. Brooklyn's Guignol is the best bet for Barbez's crew of hard-working, hard-playing world-music mutants to finally party crash the art-punk party at Death By Audio. With a line-up that includes Hold ... More >>
"People still ask me, 'Oh, when are you coming back on the screen? We miss you.' Blah, blah, blah. But I wouldn't feel very good if I had to do that again." The beatific Argentinean singer/song-writer Juana Molina began playing music in 1996, after she abandoned a very successful television car ... More >>
Transcending genres and avoiding landlords with Staten Island's mighty Budos Band
Confused teens, confused thirtysomethings, and old jazz guys enjoying their dotage
"A mechanic, technician, chauffeur, and farmerall that is before music."
Known quantities, brave genre experiments, program music, and a couple of Cairos
Don Ellis puts Africa and Schoenberg on one obscure little '60s West Coast quartet LP
Indie-rock heavy hitters get confused figuring out why they're doing it, doing it, doing it
Eight inauthenticities hard to resist, even when hard to understand, or impossible to love
Across the sky sheet the impossible birds in a steady illiterate movement homewards
Finally a chance to catch up on all those new bands. Well, maybe not bands exactly . . .
Young South Asians' Love-Hate Relationship with Hip-Hop's New Indian Beats