Remembering Tupac, the Human

Remembering Tupac, the Human

Like so many people, I have a lot of feelings about Tupac Shakur, a man and artist who needs no other introduction, so I won’t provide one. What’s kept me from sharing those feelings until now is that, as a white woman, I haven’t felt it entirely appropriate to muse...
Love, as Explained by Etta James: A Playlist

Love, as Explained by Etta James: A Playlist

Etta James was a soul singer with an earthy and mighty voice, and the penchant for delivering heart-wrenching ballads. Through her music, Etta taught us a thing or two about love and romance; that intimacy takes trust, that relationships can end seemingly out of...
Sgt. Pepper’s Psychedelic Influence Half a Century Later

Sgt. Pepper’s Psychedelic Influence Half a Century Later

This weekend celebrates the 51st anniversary of The Beatles’ 1967 release Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, one of the original concept albums and an aural experiment that changed the landscape of song recording. It wasn’t much earlier than 1967...
77 Years of Dylan Wisdom

77 Years of Dylan Wisdom

Bob Dylan is a musical poet, spending a lifetime delivering on the very definition of folk music by bringing us the news of the day in bleakly hopeful and oftentimes downright heartbreaking lyricism. He’s a fine musician, but there’s no doubt his medium is...
Arctic Monkeys: Tranquility Base Hotel

Arctic Monkeys: Tranquility Base Hotel

If nothing else, the new Arctic Monkeys album lives up to its name. Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino travels either through space or time, or probably both, to host us in something of a 1970s, space-age, Bowie-like resort of the utterly chillest quality. The band...