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Abdullah Ibrahim: A Lifetime of Dreams and Resistance at the Piano
The South African musician formed the Jazz Epistles and got a boost from Duke Ellington. Now 84, he is a Jazz Master and still a vital force onstage.
Living at the Chelsea Hotel and working with the likes of Don Cherry, Archie Shepp and Max Roach, Mr. Ibrahim became a force on the jazz avant-garde, and adjacent to it. He laid claim to an American piano tradition that encompassed Ellington, Thelonious Monk … [+1431 chars]
Giovanni Russonello
2019-08-01 10:55:38




Country Music Should Be Political. After All, It Always Has Been
Whose music is country music? The distinctive American sound has always reflected the complicated lives of the people who make it.
He was falling apart. Brilliant and tortured, devout and driven, Johnny Cash had been discovered in the Memphis of Sun Records–the musical milieu that gave America Elvis Presley–and had built a career that, by the late 1960s, he seemed determined to destroy t… [+10066 chars]
Jon Meacham and Tim McGraw
2019-08-15 10:52:41




Under Covers: stop-motion animation about the mysteries of bedtime
Under Covers is a delightful NSFW animation by Mighty Oak. On the night of a lunar eclipse, we uncover the sweet, salacious, and spooky secrets of a small town. From a pigtailed psychopath to naughty nuns and everything in between, this stop motion animated f…
Under Covers is a delightful NSFW animation by Mighty Oak. On the night of a lunar eclipse, we uncover the sweet, salacious, and spooky secrets of a small town. From a pigtailed psychopath to naughty nuns and everything in between, this stop motion animated … [+2389 chars]
Rob Beschizza
2019-08-05 20:32:34




Spotify Parcast just launched a new daily true crime podcast for all you crime junkies
This may be the first daily true crime podcast. Here’s a little good news, bad news: The good news is that Parcast at Spotify is launching a new daily true crime podcast today, the bad news is that we live in a world where there is so much true crime, such a …
Here’s a little good news, bad news: The good news is that Parcast at Spotify is launching a new daily true crime podcast today, the bad news is that we live in a world where there is so much true crime, such a thing is possible.Today in True Crime is a daily… [+1521 chars]
Melissa Locker
2019-08-19 09:09:08




Creative Limitation And The Super Nintendo Sound Chips
The Super Nintendo recently experienced a surge in popularity, either from a combination of nostalgic 30-somethings recreating their childhoods, or because Nintendo released a “classic” version of this nearly-perfect video game system. Or a combination of bot…
The Super Nintendo recently experienced a surge in popularity, either from a combination of nostalgic 30-somethings recreating their childhoods, or because Nintendo released a “classic” version of this nearly-perfect video game system. Or a combination of bot… [+1479 chars]
Bryan Cockfield
2019-08-01 05:00:09




How Music Festivals Became a Massive Business in the 50 Years Since Woodstock
Sleeping in a tent for days to catch a glimpse of Beyoncé making history at Coachella. Crowding into a park for a surprise performance that turns out to be Dolly Parton at the Newport Folk Festival. As music festivals have taken off in popularity, these kids …
Sleeping in a tent for days to catch a glimpse of Beyoncé making history at Coachella. Crowding into a park for a surprise performance that turns out to be Dolly Parton at the Newport Folk Festival. As music festivals have taken off in popularity, these kids … [+9114 chars]
Mahita Gajanan
2019-08-14 20:37:28




Real street art: potholes turned into mosaics
Since 2013, Chicago artist Jim Bachor has turned potholes on the city streets into mosaics. At WGN9, he writes: What got me going with mosaics originally was the durability. I visited Pompeii for the first time in the late 1990s, and a tour guide pointed out …
We're no strangers to the delights of the rude drawings that monks doodled in the margins of medieval manuscripts around here (1, 2, 3), but University of Bonn medievialist Erik Wade's epic Twitter thread on the astonishing variety of snail-doodles is genuine… [+1625 chars]
David Pescovitz
2019-07-22 17:26:31




Which book you should read based on your next travel destination
Books are set in a variety of locations around the globe and it can be fun to read a story that's set in a place that you're visiting. While in The Hamptons, enjoy the richness of F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby." Enjoy Maria Semple's "Where'd You Go …
John Kennedy Toole's hilarious novel follows Ignatius J. Reilly as he bumbles through the French Quarter of New Orleans. Louisiana landmarks like the Mississippi River, the hot dog stands, the former D.H. Holmes Department Store, Werlein's Music Store, and… [+398 chars]
Allie Lembo
2019-08-07 14:48:05




Katy Perry and collaborators found guilty of copyright infringement over 'Dark Horse'
Jury in Los Angeles federal court agrees with Christian rapper Flame that Perry copied the beat of his 2008 song "Joyful Noise" for her song "Dark Horse."
Katy Perry has lost a copyright infringement suit over her song "Dark Horse." A jury in Los Angeles federal court on Monday agreed with Christian rapper Marcus Gray, aka Flame, that Perry copied the beat of his 2008 song, "Joyful Noise," for her 2013 hit sin… [+1629 chars]
Christopher Watson
2019-07-30 12:20:55




Legendary Broadway Producer Hal Prince Has Died
Prince won a record 21 Tony Awards as producer and director of some of Broadway’s biggest hits.
July 31 (Reuters) - Harold Hal Prince, who won a record 21 Tony Awards as producer and director of some of Broadways biggest hits of the second half of the 20th century including The Phantom of the Opera, West Side Story, Fiddler on the Roof, Cabaret and Evit… [+5380 chars]
Reuters
2019-08-01 06:40:53




Where I Work: Skylar Morgan
For this Where I Work, craftsman Skylar Morgan takes us through his new Atlanta showroom, office, and workshop, while sharing more about his work process.
Atlanta-based maker Skylar Morgan, who heads up Skylar Morgan Furniture + Design, founded his company in 2002 focusing on handcrafted furniture manufacturing, millwork, and residential and commercial architectural woodwork. His American modern, minimalist-mee… [+7104 chars]
Caroline Williamson
2019-08-20 13:00:54




Stephen Cheng Recorded a Cult Classic in Jamaica. Then What Happened?
Hua Hsu writes about the Chinese-American singer Stephen Cheng, who recorded the song “Always Together (A Chinese Love Song)” for the Jamaican record label Sunshine.
Pop-music history is filled with dreamers who came and went, leaving behind just enough to scramble a latter-day listeners sense of what was once possible. In 1967, the Jamaican record label Sunshine released a seven-inch single by a man named Stephen Cheng, … [+10050 chars]
Hua Hsu
2019-08-23 18:55:49




Three Unique Offerings at Wm. Mulherin’s Sons + HIROKI, Philadelphia
Four bedrooms, two restaurants and exquisite design In Philadelphia‘s Fishtown neighborhood, by the Market-Frankford Line train, a building that used to be a 19th century whiskey-blending and bottling factory (and later a motorcycle repair shop) is now the gl…
In Philadelphia‘s Fishtown neighborhood, by the Market-Frankford Line train, a building that used to be a 19th century whiskey-blending and bottling factory (and later a motorcycle repair shop) is now the glorious Wm. Mulherins Sons. Inside, visitors find a s… [+4141 chars]
Katie Olsen
2019-08-06 11:08:36




Pain Rescue Team Helps Seriously Ill Kids Cope In Terrible Times - WPRL
Pain Rescue Team Helps Seriously Ill Kids Cope In Terrible Times WPRL Pain Relief For Very Sick Kids Is The Focus Of This Quick Response Team : Shots - Health News NPR View full coverage on Google News
The Benioff Children's Hospital at the University of California, San Francisco is a sleek new building with state-of-the-art facilities a place where the sickest children go for leading-edge treatments. Which is why it might be surprising to find Robyn Adcoc… [+7045 chars]
Alison Kodjak
2019-08-05 09:16:54

End.Game: a synth album from 19A0
End.Game is a dark, dreamy synthpop album, all swooping pads, punchy beats and mysterious retro auras. It's the work of Luscious-235, a joint-venture between Sid Luscious (of 80s fame fronting The Pants ) and "the artificial entity known as Unit 235". This al…
End.Game is a dark, dreamy synthpop album, all swooping pads, punchy beats and mysterious retro auras. It's the work of Luscious-235, a joint-venture between Sid Luscious (of 80s fame fronting The Pants) and "the artificial entity known as Unit 235". This a… [+6455 chars]
Rob Beschizza
2019-07-31 11:00:34




Pain Rescue Team Helps Seriously Ill Kids Cope In Terrible Times - KACU
Pain Rescue Team Helps Seriously Ill Kids Cope In Terrible Times KACU Pain Relief For Very Sick Kids Is The Focus Of This Quick Response Team : Shots - Health News NPR View full coverage on Google News
The Benioff Children's Hospital at the University of California, San Francisco is a sleek new building with state-of-the-art facilities a place where the sickest children go for leading-edge treatments. Which is why it might be surprising to find Robyn Adcoc… [+7045 chars]
Alison Kodjak
2019-08-05 09:49:05




Hal Prince, Iconic Broadway Director and Producer, is Dead at 91
Harold Prince, a Broadway director and producer who pushed the boundaries of musical theater and won 21 Tonys has died. Prince was 91.
(NEW YORK) — Harold Prince, a Broadway director and producer who pushed the boundaries of musical theater with such groundbreaking shows as “The Phantom of the Opera,” ”Cabaret,” ”Company” and “Sweeney Todd” and won a staggering 21 Tony Awards, has died. Prin… [+8515 chars]
MARK KENNEDY / AP
2019-07-31 16:16:03




100 must-see movies from the 2000s, according to critics
Over the past few decades, critics have praised a lot of movies from the 2000s. Critically acclaimed comedies from the 2000s include "Mean Girls" (2004), "The Hangover" (2009), and "The 40-Year-Old Virgin" (2005). Awarding-winning movies like "Lost in Transla…
Quentin Tarantino's "Kill Bill: Volume 1" is an action film that follows a woman (Uma Thurman) who is determined to get revenge after a circle of assassins leaves her for dead on her wedding day. The film and its sequel "Kill Bill: Volume 2" (2004) feature a … [+480 chars]
Meghan Cook
2019-08-13 21:34:31




Music Box Acquires Levan Akin’s ‘And Then We Danced’
EXCLUSIVE: Music Box Films has acquired the U.S. and Canadian rights to Levan Akin’s And Then We Danced, which made its world premiere as a Directors’ Fortnight title at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year. Music Box is planning a theatrical rollout in…
EXCLUSIVE:Music Box Films has acquired the U.S. and Canadian rights to Levan Akin’sAnd Then We Danced, which made its world premiere as a Directors’ Fortnight title at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year. Music Box is planning a theatrical rollout in 2… [+1416 chars]
Dino-Ray Ramos
2019-08-20 18:43:05




America’s War on Drugs Has Treated People Unequally Since Its Beginning
As difficult as passing drug laws is, enforcing them effectively, consistently and fairly has proven to be virtually impossible.
When Prohibition ended in 1933, drug enforcers finally had a new agency they could call their own, the Federal Bureau of Narcotics. This launched the career of its first commissioner, Harry Anslinger, the person most synonymous with the phrase “war on drugs”—… [+5709 chars]
John H. Halpern and David Blistein
2019-08-12 15:00:06
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