Tag: Pop and Rock Music

Playlist: The Playlist: David Byrne’s Paranoid Party, and 10 More New Songs

ImageDavid Byrne recorded a live EP in Brooklyn that’s named after a rave review in the British music magazine NME.CreditBryan Derballa for The New York Times David Byrne’s 2018 tour put his whole band in choreographed motion, a spectacle that rivaled the Talking Heads’ 1983 extravaganza filmed as “Stop Making Sense.” One rave review — […]

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Nancy Wilson Dies at 81; Jazz Singer Who Turned Songs Into Stories

Nancy Wilson, whose skilled and flexible approach to singing provided a key bridge between the sophisticated jazz-pop vocalists of the 1950s and the powerhouse pop-soul singers of the 1960s and ’70s, died Thursday at her home in Pioneertown, Calif. She was 81. Ms. Wilson’s death, which came after a long illness, was confirmed by her […]

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Taylor Swift Said to Use Facial Recognition to Identify Stalkers

When Taylor Swift played the Rose Bowl in May, a kiosk was set up for adoring fans to view videos of her. But there may have been more to that screen than met the eye. According to an interview in Rolling Stone, the kiosk took photos of people looking at the videos. The images were […]

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Janet Jackson and Radiohead Lead Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2019

Janet Jackson, Radiohead, Def Leppard and Stevie Nicks will join the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame next year at its 34th annual induction ceremony, along with the Cure, Roxy Music and the Zombies, the organization announced on Thursday. The class of 2019, which will formally enter the pantheon on March 29 at Barclays Center […]

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Live Review: At Jingle Ball, Finding Out Who’s Learned to Play Nice

“I’m not like Normani. I can’t sing and dance at the same time, girl — I get tired.” This was Cardi B, midway through her set at Madison Square Garden on Friday night, taking a quick water break and, as is her wont — her gift — advertising the fact that she was taking a […]

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Playlist: The Playlist: Emo’s Past Meets Its Future, and 9 More New Songs

ImageThe producer Benny Blanco unites Juice WRLD and the Panic! at the Disco frontman Brendon Urie on his new song, “Roses.”CreditJulian Berman for The New York Times [embedded content] Many threads of emo get woven together by the savvy pop producer Benny Blanco on the eerily effective “Roses,” from his new album “Friends Keep Secrets.” […]

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Taylor Swift? Cardi B? The 2019 Grammy Nominations’ Snubs and Surprises

Like most major awards shows, the Grammys in recent years has attempted a precarious balancing act: maintaining its status as the music establishment’s kingmaker — and live CBS concert event — while also trying to confront the reality of its staid, overwhelmingly white and male history. [Kendrick Lamar leads nominees and women dominate major categories: […]

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Kendrick Lamar Leads 2019 Grammy Nominees, and Women Dominate Major Categories

The rap stars Kendrick Lamar and Drake lead the list of nominees for the 2019 Grammy Awards announced Friday, but right behind them is a crop of young and less heralded artists, notably women, after years of friction about diversity, including a major dust-up over gender representation after the last ceremony. The Instagram star turned […]

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Holiday Music for the Joyful, the Lonely and the Skeptical

There are holiday embracers and holiday dissenters. Those for whom the season is about celebration and those who seek solace as soon as the evergreens come out. For both groups, however, there is new music this year — a soundtrack for all the seasonal moods. There are traditional holiday tunes polished to a sheen; songs […]

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The 28 Best Albums of 2018

1. Janelle Monáe, ‘Dirty Computer’ The interaction of human and machine has been a major theme of Janelle Monáe’s entire recording career. Her latest concept album, “Dirty Computer,” deploys funky riffs (often with Prince echoes), snappy beats and crisp pop-song forms to promise that love, polymorphous sensuality and an inclusive American spirit can conquer all, […]

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Playlist: The Playlist: Mark Ronson and Miley Cyrus’s Melodrama, and 9 More New Songs

ImageMiley Cyrus teams with the producer Mark Ronson for a dramatic country-tinged song, “Nothing Breaks Like a Heart.”CreditValerie Macon/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images [embedded content] What kind of singer is Miley Cyrus (this week)? Moody, a little spooky, a little country. What kind of producer is Mark Ronson (this week)? A melodramatist preoccupied with vintage […]

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Nonfiction: Rock-Your-World Moments Fill New Music Memoirs From Tina Turner and a Disillusioned Hit Maker

MY LOVE STORYBy Tina TurnerIllustrated. 272 pp. Atria. $28. ANYTHING FOR A HIT An A & R Woman’s Story of Surviving the Music Industry By Dorothy Carvello 240 pp. Chicago Review Press. $26.99. “When is the music industry going to have its #MeToo moment?” That’s a question I’ve seen asked repeatedly, in articles and Facebook […]

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Album Review: Alessia Cara: Young, Gifted and Bummed Out

Artfully awkward sincerity defined the Canadian singer and songwriter Alessia Cara on her 2015 debut album, “Know-It-All.” In one of its hits, “Here,” she sang about feeling antisocial and alienated at a loud party. And in a song that became an anthem, “Scars to Your Beautiful,” she decried superficial ideas of beauty, vowing, “To all […]

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Nonfiction: How Bing Crosby Changed the Course of Pop Music

BING CROSBY Swinging on a Star: The War Years, 1940-1946By Gary GiddinsIllustrated. 724 pp. Little, Brown & Company. $40. Television viewers who grew up in the 1970s knew Bing Crosby as the grandfatherly singing star of wholesome family specials, tuned into by their parents. Crosby was pipe-smoking, unruffled and witty, much like Father O’Malley, the […]

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Playlist: The Playlist: The 1975’s Cry for Connection, and 10 More New Songs

ImageThe 1975’s Matty Healy sings about self-consciousness in the age of social media on the latest track from “A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships.”CreditMagdalena Wosinska for The New York Times [embedded content] The ceaseless self-consciousness of a social-media universe makes true connection ever more tricky. “Why would you believe you could control how you’re perceived/when […]

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A Walking Tour of Manhattan’s Rock ’n’ Roll Past: the 2000s

Seventeen years ago, Manhattan was still the kind of place where a musician could arguably become more famous just by being seen out on the town every night. So the Strokes were especially lucky to find a place to record their first album that was just across the street from 2A, one of their favorite […]

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Playlist: The Playlist: Mariah Carey Issues a Warning, and 12 More New Songs

ImageMariah Carey’s new album, “Caution,” feels like an attempt at self-preservation.CreditAgence France-Presse — Getty Images [embedded content] The title of Mariah Carey’s new album, “Caution,” sums up her shrinking horizons in the 21st century: murmuring where she used to belt, gently scratching where she once was velvety, striving to insinuate strategically rather than to overwhelm. […]

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Critic’s Notebook: R&B Blossoms, With Hip-Hop in the Rear View

R&B has been tussling with hip-hop for around three decades, and depending what lens you’re looking through, has been either roundly defeated or sneakily triumphant. As hip-hop rose to prominence in the late 1980s to the mid-1990s, it began to view R&B as a partner, sometimes willing, and sometimes not. There were collaborations between rappers […]

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Rosalía: The Pop Star Bringing Flamenco to a New Generation

MADRID — Plaza de Colón is a significant place for flamenco fans. The square in Madrid is where the funeral procession for one of the genre’s most celebrated artists, Lola Flores, began in 1995, and it is where many of the city’s major flamenco events take place. It was also here, in late October, that […]

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