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X Games Aspen 2018 announces music lineup

X Games returns to Aspen for 2018 on Jan. 25 – 28, featuring live music acts LCD Soundsystem, Marshmello, Martin Garrix and Method Man Redman. Get your tickets now! Returning to Buttermilk Mountain at Aspen Snowmass, X Games Aspen will bring the world’s top action sports and music stars together Jan. 25 – 28, 2018. […]

Friends of the Forms ask “Where is music?”

The Friends of the Forms hosted Jeffrey Swinkin, assistant professor of music theory at the University of Oklahoma,  to give a lecture Tuesday titled ‘Where is music? Some thoughts about the ontology of musical works and performances.” “Ontology is the mode of existence of something,” Swinkin said. “I wanted the students to have some tools […]

Escape into music’s dark side with this weekend’s Cloak & Dagger festival

If the real world already feels too much like an unremitting sea of bleakness punctuated by violent, howling noise, perhaps this weekend’s inaugural Cloak Dagger festival in downtown L.A. isn’t for you. But what if two nights of heavy, goth-inspired music (a category that today transcends any particular sound) in a pair of old downtown […]

‘He Painted Landscapes With His Words’: Gord Downie Remembered By Canadian Leaders, Music Industry

The Tragically Hip frontman died this week following a battle with brain cancer. It’s difficult to sum up just how important Gord Downie was to Canadian music fans around the world — so it’s no surprise that The Tragically Hip frontman’s death Tuesday following a nearly two-year battle with glioblastoma, an incurable form of brain […]

French music magazine puts Bertrand Cantat, who murdered girlfriend, on cover

French music magazine Les Inrockuptibles has been criticised as “disgusting” for putting Bertrand Cantat, the singer convicted of murdering his girlfriend, on its front cover. Cantat was found guilty of murdering actor Marie Trintignant in 2003 and served four years of an eight-year jail sentence. The court was told he hit Trintignant repeatedly in the […]

A New Google Doodle Celebrates the Legacy of the Studio for Electronic Music

Electronica seems like a fairly recent phenomenon, but in fact much of the musical genre’s roots can be traced back a venerable 66 years to the German city of Cologne. There, three composers — Robert Beyer, Herbert Eimerthe and Werner Meyer-Eppler — explored the feasibility of creating electronic music for years, before establishing a dedicated […]

The Folk Music Festival That Started With A Spider Bite

Italian descendants perform the Tarantella, a dance that originates from a spider bite, in Curitiba, Brazil. Orlando Kissner/AFP/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Orlando Kissner/AFP/Getty Images Italian descendants perform the Tarantella, a dance that originates from a spider bite, in Curitiba, Brazil. Orlando Kissner/AFP/Getty Images The tarantella is a lively folk dance and musical style […]

Zakir Hussain’s Crosscurrents: Indian music attuned to jazz

Hussain, who came to prominence in the 1970s playing a whorling mix of Indian music and jazz with guitarist John McLaughlin’s group Shakti, formed Crosscurrents to revel in the fusion of those and other musics. He plans to play jazz-fueled music from Bollywood film scores, old Indian songs and new music drawn from multiple traditions […]

Music Box season 2, session #16: Hak Baker

Hak Baker is one of our favourite artists to emerge this year.  The 26-year-old used to be part of grime collective B.O.M.B Squad as a teenager, before he picked up the guitar and began writing his own music.  Earlier this year we premiered his track “7AM”, which he performed for his Music Box session – along with […]

‘Music Man’ delivers its irresistible pitch at Bloomington arts center

Meredith Willson’s “The Music Man” is a fairy tale of redemption writ large. It’s set in the Neverland of a bucolic 1912 Iowa, where the arrival of the Wells Fargo wagon is the big news of the day, crime comes in the form of well-timed firecrackers and even a slippery flim-flam man can be transformed […]