Tag: Pop and Rock Music

Vagabon Found Her Voice in Indie Rock. Then Found a New One.

“I have no idea what Vagabon will evolve to be,” said Laetitia Tamko, the 26-year-old songwriter, producer and one-woman studio band. Over the five years she’s been releasing music as Vagabon, her project has already undergone a major transformation. Her songs embrace mixed, elusive emotions: longing and ambivalence, displacement and stability, seeking a home and […]

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A Songwriting Dispute Brews Over ‘Truth Hurts,’ Lizzo’s Biggest Hit

For millions of listeners, Lizzo’s hit “Truth Hurts” has been more than just the No. 1 song in the country, the position it held on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart for six weeks this summer and fall. An ebullient anthem of empowerment, the song has thoroughly penetrated pop culture, appearing in online memes by everyone from […]

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Whitney Houston, Notorious B.I.G. and Dave Matthews Band Nominated for Rock Hall

At a moment of transition for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, a new class of nominees for induction in 2020 puts generational and genre-based divides on full display: The Notorious B.I.G., Whitney Houston, the Dave Matthews Band and Motörhead are among the first-timers on the ballot, while returning acts getting another chance include […]

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Sulli, South Korean K-Pop Star and Actress, Is Found Dead

ImageSulli, a former member of the South Korean girl group f(x), left the band in 2015 to pursue a solo career.CreditYONHAP, via Agence France-Presse — Getty Images The actress, singer and former K-pop band member Sulli, 25, was found dead in her home on Monday, the police said. Sulli’s manager found her while checking her […]

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Is Rihanna’s ‘Visual Autobiography’ a Triumph or a Tease?

Rihanna has a new release. But it’s not a single, or a new Fenty collection, or another Amazon Prime underwear show. It’s a “visual autobiography,” out on Oct. 24. Just over a foot wide and about one and a third feet tall, 15 pounds and full of glossy pictures, with a few gatefolds and special […]

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Nick Cave Searches for Solace on ‘Ghosteen’

Some music sets out to conjure eternities. Extended drones, chantlike repeating phrases, tolling chords, spacious reverberation: Those are meditative sounds, defying fracture or interruption, tuning out the momentary and the trivial, invoking concentration, absorption, ritual and rapture. It’s the kind of music Nick Cave has chosen for “Ghosteen,” his 17th studio album leading the Bad […]

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Liz Phair Still Doesn’t Care What We Think

HORROR STORIES A Memoir By Liz Phair “It’s hard to tell the truth about ourselves,” Liz Phair writes in the prologue to her memoir, “Horror Stories.” “We’re afraid,” she continues, “we will be defined by our worst decisions instead of our best.” This is a surprising statement from the woman who wrote and recorded the […]

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Lil Peep’s Mother Sues Managers Over His Death

Before the rising emo-rapper Lil Peep was pronounced dead from an overdose on a tour bus in Tucson, Ariz., almost two years ago, he was “stressed, overwhelmed, burnt out, exhausted and physically unwell,” according to a lawsuit filed on Tuesday. Rather than getting him help, the suit says, those who were meant to guide him […]

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Kim Shattuck, Punk Musician Who Led the Muffs, Dies at 56

Kim Shattuck, the singer, guitarist and songwriter for the Muffs and other pop-punk bands, died on Wednesday at her home in Los Angeles. She was 56. The cause was complications of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. Her death was confirmed by Cary Baker, whose publicity firm, Conqueroo, represents Omnivore Records, the […]

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Nine Albums Later, Tegan and Sara Are Finally Ready to Discuss High School

To be a twin can be a psychological house of mirrors. And so where better to meet up with Tegan and Sara Quin — feminist pop heroes, freshly minted authors, and, like us, identical twins — than at a kaleidoscopic infinity room in Chelsea? As we left the small mirrored room at the kitschy Museum […]

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The Tide is High (Really), but Debbie Harry is Staying Put

For decades, Debbie Harry has been saving her fan art, hundreds of versions of that familiar siren face, rendered by admirers of all talents. There are children’s drawings in markers and crayons (“Happy Birthday Debbie Love Miyuki”) and ink portraits by skilled illustrators. There are dolls and T-shirts, works on canvas, wood and in mosaic. […]

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How ‘Sesame Street’ Keeps the ABCs Fresh, Every Single Time

Elmo sneaked into the building inside a duffle bag. When it comes to interviewing world-famous personalities, the Muppets require a few special accommodations (they also brought their own pop-up chairs). But in many ways they were like a lot of big stars: They wanted to know the questions in advance. And they hit their marks. […]

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Massive Attack Revisits, and Rethinks, Its Classic Album ‘Mezzanine’

Since it was released in 1998, Massive Attack’s third album, “Mezzanine,” has endured as a bleak milestone. “We all tend to look back 20 years. It’s a generational thing,” said Robert Del Naja, the band’s leader, by phone from Washington, D.C. “The question was asked, would we play it live. And I made it quite […]

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