Late Night: Feeding Me to the Lions

By: Sunday March 2, 2014 8:00 pm

So what’s eating you tonight? Or what’s feeding you?

Late Night: Let’s Go to Manchester

By: Sunday February 23, 2014 8:00 pm

This is a tune called “Sunrise”, by the Manchester acid house band 808 State from their album 90.

Late Night: Smooth Criminal, Thunderstruck

By: Saturday February 22, 2014 8:00 pm

Luka Šulić and Stjepan Hauser uploaded their version of Michael Jackson’s “Smooth Criminal” in 2011 and were promptly signed by Sony Masterworks — and Elton John, for his thirty city summer tour.

Katy B and the Aaliyah Appreciation Club

By: Tuesday February 18, 2014 5:44 pm

The R&B singer Aaliyah, who would have turned 35 this January (she died tragically in a plane crash in 2001), has become an icon for many current artists.

While Aaliyah enjoyed success during her lifetime, with multi-platinum albums and a #1 hit, she didn’t have the commercial power of TLC or Destiny’s Child, and never got the same level of critical respect as Missy Elliot (a hard, fiery rapper, who garnered more praise than a plain-old singer) or the women of the neo-soul movement, like Erykah Badu and Jill Scott, with their explicit links to the ‘70s. Despite this, Aaliyah’s vocals have become a touchstone for a large group of musicians—the latest being the English singer Katy B—many of whom were teenagers when Aaliyah was on the radio.

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