In his own words, the Montreal hip-hop producer Nicholas Craven has been serving up “Soulful Gritty Beats from the North Since 2006.” Today one of those beats goes to the Detroit veteran Boldy James. On “Death & Taxes,” Boldy rides Craven’s weightless soul loop with a casual command. The song features no drums at all, but his deep, rugged vocals are their own kind of grounding force. Listen below.
Every once in a while, the scary-intense Oscar-nominated movie star Michael Shannon gets together with his Chicago friend Jason Narducy, from the Bob Mould Band and Split Single, to pay tribute to a classic album. In the past few years, Shannon and Narducy have performed LPs from the likes of the Smiths, Neil Young, and […]
So many artists play soft, tasteful, melancholy folk-pop, and most of it is boring as shit. With records that leave me captivated rather than catatonic, Sun June stand out from that pack. The advance tracks from the Austin band’s upcoming Bad Dream Jaguar have been stellar: “Get Enough,” “Easy Violence,” “John Prine.” Today they add […]
Tony Iommi, the Black Sabbath guitar wizard who pretty much invented heavy metal riffage, does not really seem like a ballet guy. But Iommi is 75 years old, and when one of his hometown institutions honors his life’s work, the man himself might just take part. On Saturday night, the Birmingham Royal Ballet debuted Black […]