A worthy if mildly disappointing addition to Paramore's canon. If there's one thing I've found fascinating about the critical reaction to just about every Paramore record for the past decade (or more), it's the zeroed in focus on how the band has "matured". It's almost always billed as a stylistic leap, a sonic reinvention, or the band's new frontier in which they finally ditch their pop-punk roots and all of their high school drama, as...Read more
You can have it all For a classic band, Yo La Tengo are a bit hard to pin down. In their '90s-early '00s heyday, their records were unwieldy fusions of sweetly mellow indie jams, shoegaze, and noisy guitar freakouts, the type of combination which didn't always result in fully coherent releases but did make them indie darlings and possessors of a passionate fan base. As someone who absolutely adores the band, I freely acknowledge that their best albums...Read more
From the earliest moments of her life, Katherine Paul was connected to her home, her heritage, and her land through music. She was raised on the Swinomish Reservation, growing up surrounded by her family's drum group, with music acting as a lifeline to her culture and spirituality. On The Land, The Water, The Sky, Paul's third album under the moniker Black Belt Eagle Scout, she explores deep into the roots of this connection, exposing the ties that...Read more
Assuming the voice of God is an intriguing move for an artist best known for writing deeply human characters experiencing life through deeply human settings from house parties to neighborhood bars. Yet, God's is the first voice we hear on Canadian singer/songwriter Andy Shauf's newest album, Norm. On the opening track, "Wasted On You," we play fly on the wall to a celestial discussion between God the Father and Jesus--soundtracked by the dreamy synth...Read more
You don't need to be a musical genius to become a music critic, but a passion for music and in-depth knowledge of music artistry is essential. We'll have a look at what's involved in becoming a professional, paid music critic.Read More
Publishers have a vital role in the music industry, from scouting and developing new talent, protecting the owner's rights, exploiting it commercially to getting music out there to the public.Read More
Being a producer is much more than putting tracks together and touching them up - a good music producer is involved in entire process from composition to release.Read More
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