Musician Lou Reed has died at age 71. Reed, a founding member of the Velvet Underground, shaped modern rock music, influencing punk rock, art and rock & roll. The Velvet Underground were a vital part of Andy Warhol’s Exploding Plastic Inevitable (Warhol produced the band’s debut album), and gained a cult following in the 1980s.
|By: Sara Haile-Mariam Saturday October 26, 2013 7:52 am|
The video depicts an immigrant family’s failed attempt to cross the border complete with a police officer confiscating a baby only to find himself face to face with the Dream Activist she grew up to be years later. The song is hauntingly beautiful. The video’s focused on revealing the humanity behind the “immigration debate” as well as the crass terms that often get tossed around as a substitute for political discourse. There are no “illegals” or stereotypes in this video. Just people.
|By: Sara Haile-Mariam Friday October 25, 2013 2:00 pm|
In an epic 10 minute interview on BBC’s Newsnight – Russell Brand calmly and meticulously addresses everything from income inequality to corruption to corporate interests to revolution while explaining how his opinions render it impossible for him to cast a ballot in good conscious.
|By: Michelle Chen Thursday October 24, 2013 5:30 pm|
If your 9-to-5 job revolves around your life’s passion, the satisfaction of being surrounded by what you love can offset the daily grind. But such passion is often in short supply in retail work, which is generally defined by the quintessential boring sales job. At Guitar Center, however, one of the country’s largest instrument chains, workers’ love for music, combined with their disdain for The Man, is driving a valiant campaign for a union.
|By: Suzanne Tuesday October 22, 2013 10:00 pm|
|By: danps Saturday October 19, 2013 10:30 am|
Streaming makes so much sense for discovery. You don’t end up with a bunch of crap you’re not interested in. You only buy (and keep) the stuff you dig. And that is the answer to Byrne’s question of why you would buy a CD or pay for a download. I don’t pay for 95% of the music I listen to, maybe more. But through that process I’ve gotten turned on to lots of music that I do pay for. I’ve bought tickets to see Bleeding Rainbow, helped fund the Kickstarter for Holly Conlan’s new CD (I now have it before its official release next Tuesday) and ordered Novella’s new cassette/EP (check out Mary’s Gun!) – and that’s just in the last month.
|By: rosalind Saturday October 5, 2013 5:20 pm|
To the lucky concert-goer standing five feet away from Sir Paul McCartney during his free concert down on Hollywood Boulevard, the technology we have today is a wonder and enables us to connect in a whole different way. But it has its time and its place. Should you be so lucky to score a prime seat to a fabulous show, put down the phone, meet the performer eye to eye, and create a memory that no technology can capture.
|By: Sara Haile-Mariam Friday October 4, 2013 3:05 pm|
She’s seemingly emerged from her time on the inside with even more to say. In a newly released track called Consumerism – which appears to be from an album called “Part 1: Letters from Exile”- she addresses a host of “isms” ranging from hedonism to capitalism to skepticism.
|By: Sara Haile-Mariam Saturday September 28, 2013 8:15 am|
Madonna has teamed up with photographer Steven Klein to release artforfreedom.com — a project that witnessed its wide release Wednesday night in a 17 minute video available for free download through Bit Torrent.
The project has been in the works for quite some time- initially hinted at by Madonna in a Reddit AMA before it was it further teased in three separate online videos.
This film is really beautiful – and honestly I was moved at points – but there’s a lot to unpackage. While there may be a temptation to dismiss it outright as a disingenuous marketing ploy – I think doing so ends the conversation prematurely.
|By: Lisa Derrick Tuesday September 24, 2013 8:00 pm|
I met Kim Fowley, the man who
discovered created the Runaways, when I was 16, and at the time I thought he was the scariest man on earth. Tall, skinny with huge deep-set eyes and giant teeth, he had a rapid fire series of phrases he’d rattle off as he leered.