Never has the term “include your brother” been used to greater effect than the Gershwins. George and Ira were titans together, minnows alone. Sadly, it was not to last.
The recent tragedy of Chris Cornell taking his own life highlights a greater issue. As the rates of suicide grow, I’m wondering if it’s a condition of the society we built and one we won’t shake.
Linked by talent, and ultimately fate, Bessie Smith and Janis Joplin were the very definition of the blues.
“Merry Christmas,” indeed. We love the celebration, but the soundtrack grinds the proverbial gears when one’s ears meet “Jingle Bells” for the 40th time. As an alternative, check out this soundtrack.
The transformative, yet oft-ignored jazz wizard Thelonius Monk is in the Google chair this week. Get better acquainted with genius, Daddy-o.
Jesse Valencia discusses Federale’s latest album All the Colours of the Dark and has an exclusive interview with Collin Hegna.
Have a broken heart? Been betrayed? The Big Smoke counts down the 21 best songs to help heal a broken heart whatever stage you are at. (No Taylor Swift or Adele here.)
Continuing the love for Prince, Jesse Valencia pays tribute to the icon who helped inspire his own musical interests and loves.
John S. Blake’s love letter to the dearly beloved genius Prince.