Still Single published this gleaming review of GG King’s Unending Darkness, and if you haven’t heard of the Atlanta-based punk project yet, it’s worth a read. If the review piques your interest like it did ours, the album is up for streaming and purchase on the Scavenger of Death Records bandcamp....more
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It would have been Sun Ra’s 101st birthday last Friday, and to celebrate, Harte Recordings has released a 40th anniversary edition of the artist’s otherworldly cosmic trip, Space is the Place. We’ve done our share of commenting on the proliferation of Sun Ra remasters out there and how they’re organized for consumption in an Internet world, but this one—with its restored footage showcasing the film’s truly incredible sets—seems like it’s more than worth a peek....more
The lineup for this year’s FYF Fest was released earlier this month, and the more we look at it, the more we have to admit it might be worth bearing the heat of an August weekend in Los Angeles. The festival’s headliners are Frank Ocean and Morrissey, and the lineup ranges from Deerhunter to FKA Twigs, Solange to Spiritualized....more
The 13th Floor Elevators are one of those groups that seem to perfectly articulate their genre; a psychedelic band that disbanded in 1969 but whose records have a place in the core catalog of any kid trying to get to know that decade today....more
The world lost one of its blues masters May 14th with B.B. King’s passing. The man who kept blues alive brought his virtuosic playing to bear on generations of American experience, influencing musicians across all categories. Take a minute to marvel at his work: read about his career and legacy, take in views of his life from fellow icons and admirers....more
Tonight the mass of girls before me in the arena, swarming like insects, raises a question of economy. How many waitressing shifts, humid summer jobs, and hours babysitting does it take to hold these five boys aloft, to lard the fiefdom?
When we interviewed Christian Kiefer about his recent book, The Animals, the soundtrack he produced to accompany the text was still an upcoming release. Now available, the album features music by Kiefer and others such as Jefferson Pitcher, Tetuzi Akiyama, Tom Carter, Kevin Corcoran, to name a few....more
At The Rumpus, we love all things related to Sleater-Kinney. Whether that means following the projects of its members—like the Corin Tucker Band or Wild Flag—or anticipating Carrie Brownstein’s forthcoming memoir, we just can’t get enough. If you feel the same, LA Record posted some incredible pictures of the band’s recent shows at the Hollywood Palladium that you’ll probably want to check out here....more
Tributes to the soul singer have been flooding the Internet since his passing on Thursday, April 30. Many are beautiful, but possibly the most heart achingly gorgeous comes from almost two weeks prior to his death, when David Letterman asked Tracy Chapman to perform King’s “Stand By Me” on the Late Show....more
Philip Glass has written a memoir.
Philip Glass has written a memoir.
The composer Philip Glass has written a memoir.
Philip Glass has written a memoir. It begins in Baltimore.
The composer Philip Glass has written a memoir. It begins in Baltimore.
The Rumpus Music Editor oversees all aspects of the music section, including the ongoing series Albums of Our Lives and Songs of Our Lives. We are looking for someone who is savvy and knowledgeable in the intersection between literature and music....more
Last week we highlighted Rachel Kaadzhi Ghansah’s piece, “A River Runs Through It,” over at The Believer. Now, she shares a playlist of tunes, recorded at Electric Lady Studios, to accompany the original article:
“They all have one thing in common, and I say this often, across forms, decades, they all evidence the certain qualities of innovative genius, bittersweetness, and the sense of a lasting legacy that all great music tends to contain.”
In the wake of D’Angelo’s Black Messiah, Dan Piepenbring waxes poetic on R&B groups, the state of the genre, and how, when it comes down to it, the swinging feel of a swinging chorus is all but irreplaceable:
Not that you have to be a music scholar to enjoy the sound of people singing together.