| Mar 8, 2014
| 11:00 AM
In his classic tome "The Rest Is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century," critic Alex Ross compares Minimalism to driving a car "across empty desert, the layered repetitions in the music mirroring the changes that the eye perceives — road signs...
| Feb 24, 2014
| 10:15 AM
James Murphy's post-LCD Soundsystem life has been more befitting a Victorian renaissance man than a former rock star.
He's dabbled in outside productions, yes, but he's also perfected his own coffee blend, lobbied for MMA fighting and is now looking...
| Feb 18, 2014
| 12:30 PM
Bob Casale, original member and rhythm guitarist of the sui generis post-punk/New Wave band Devo, died on February 17 at age 61.
In a post on Devo's Facebook page, Casale's brother and longtime bandmate Gerald attributed his death to "conditions that...
| Feb 17, 2014
| 7:10 AM
Last Friday, the Pitchfork Music Festival (July 18-20) announced its first batch of acts for 2014, and you may be scratching your head--the fest often showcases acts that haven't hit the mainstream and celebrates different styles you may not be accustomed...
| Jan 23, 2014
| 12:00 PM
“Hey, babe, take a walk on the wild side” has served as a pithy invitation to explore Manhattan’s avant-garde arts scene since 1972, when Lou Reed had a hit record intoning the refrain.
But "take a tram ride up a Los Angeles hillside"...
| Jan 26, 2014
| 8:43 PM
Daft Punk took the top honors at the 56th Grammy Awards on Sunday when they took the awards for record of the year for "Get Lucky," with Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers, and album of the year for "Random Access Memories." They also nabbed the awards...
| Jan 28, 2014
| 4:30 PM
Darwin, philosophy, 'Lost in Space': The DGA-winning filmmaker talks about early influences, many of which resurface in the emotional core of "Gravity" in a Q&A with Variety's Tim Gray.
Growing up, did you watch much TV?
All day long, television and...
| Jan 26, 2014
| 8:47 PM
On a night dominated by unlikely musical collaborations of all kinds – from a mini-Beatles reunion to Stetson-wearing Madonna jamming with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis at a wedding – the Grammys also found time Sunday to hand out a few awards....
| Jan 17, 2014
| 8:32 AM
Dance music has never been a particular favorite at the Grammy Awards. For decades, even as electronic music sold millions of albums around the world, it was virtually ignored by the music industry's most prestigious awards show.
But at the 56th...
| Jan 20, 2014
| 9:52 AM
Damon Albarn announced Monday that this spring he'll release a new studio album, one the wide-ranging British musician is calling his first solo record.
Due April 29 from Warner Bros. Records, "Everyday Robots" was recorded last year with Richard...
| Dec 18, 2013
| 1:40 PM
When it comes to year-end lists, I'm a hypocrite. I read them obsessively. I seek them out across vast expanses of the Internet. I'm thrilled when they teach me something.
And yet, for a variety of reasons, I hate constructing my own.