Linked by talent, and ultimately fate, Bessie Smith and Janis Joplin were the very definition of the blues.
It goes without saying that 2016 has claimed many people of genius … but we’re saying it anyway. We’ve combed the writing staff to see who they miss the most. Bring a hanky and a beverage to raise in respect.
Christmas comes but once a year, and with it comes the tradition of the annoying jingle. The science behind it is rather manipulating, but quite interesting.
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.
Jesse Valencia reviews The Dandy Warhols’ latest album Distortland and has an exclusive interview with The Dandys frontman, Courtney Taylor-Taylor.
Loretta Barnard scales the soaring heights of the adaptable, yet unique composer Igor Stravinsky.