Music

Ragamuffin en pointe

Belgium-born Selah Sue grew up wanting to be a ballerina, studied psychology in university, and ended up composing and singing songs heavily-influenced by reggae, funk, and soul. She sings a duet with Cee-Lo Green (“Please”) on his latest album; attention

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Didgeridoo and friends

Japanese jam-band Dachambo pulls off the rather unlikely feat of using a six-person ensemble and a range of instruments that includes a didgeridoo (along with a more typical guitar/drum mix) to produce an intense live sound incorporating elements from psychedelia,

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Remembering el payador perseguido

The picture above is a striking and beautiful tribute to Atahualpa Yupanqui, one of the most prominent Argentinian folk musicians of the 20th century. Yupanqui was persecuted by the government of Juan Perón for his Communist Party membership–his 1972 book

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Interesting and ambitious

Worth checking out: ZAM, a high-energy magazine about Africa with a cheeky sense of style, some great art direction, and a focus on the continent’s most interesting and ambitious designers, artists, musicians, and writers. Published in the Netherlands, with editorial

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The accidental, reluctant return of goth music

Guest post by Kristen Marano The late 1970s to 1980s saw the advent and popularity of goth music in the United Kingdom, and it’s no surprise that goth is making a return from the same region. One band in particular

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Get busy living

Cape Town, South Africa band Goldfish has released a new album, Get Busy Living. Goldfish falls into the “electro swing” category, and their music is fast-paced, upbeat, and frankly groovy. The title track is particularly catchy (see video below). Great

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All southern hemisphere, anyway

Part roots rock, part punk — and somehow in the midst of all this classified (though no doubt astutely) as “pop” by Australian radio program Triple J Unearthed — Melbourne band BONJAH is of multinational origin, comprised of three New

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The Raghu Dixit Project

From the outside, success seems to come fast. A former graduate student in microbiology, Raghu Dixit is a self-taught guitarist and singer from Bangalore in south-west India; the first CD released by his band, The Raghu Dixit Project, was the

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Midlake’s new nineteenth century

Guest post by Luke Grundy In 1999, a group of jazz students at North Texas University played Led Zeppelin and funk jams under the alias “The Cornbred All-Stars”. Now, eleven years after these first musical forays, Midlake, as they have

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Oh! how horribly she howled

Fairy tales — in their pre-Disney incarnations, that is — are stories not only of magic and wonder, but of life-threatening situations and fundamental fears. Recall Hansel and Gretel, the charming story of two children held captive for weeks by

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Songs from a fast guitar

Kristian Matsson classifies himself as “acoustic/folk/blues” on his Myspace page — a categorization that might make one wonder about what kind of music such a blend will produce. In particular, what kind of music it will produce when sung by

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On the ashes of the old

The music industry was among the first of the big entertainment businesses to feel the impact of the Internet, starting with MP3 downloads, ad-free radio, the file-sharing challenge of Napster, and, most recently, the single-channel price-setting domination of iTunes. Today

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