Tag: music

Farhad Mirza: Transfiguration and Magic

July 2016

The many lives of John Lurie

Jake Robertson: We Have Full Power Relaxing

May 2016

On Paul Thomas Anderson’s Junun, or, the Madness of Love.

Matt Waters: A Moment of Honesty

May 2016

On Music: A song is the complete acceptance of impermanence. It would not begin if it could not end.

Paul Lisicky: Contour and Cadence

April 2016

The 2016 Guggenheim Fellow discusses his memoir The Narrow Door.

Kamini Dandapani: Untimely Melodies

April 2016

On Music: Introducing a new monthly series about music across cultures.

The Pretensions of Pop

April 2016

A look at the secret, defining force in a field largely comprised of autodidacts and bedroom enthusiasts

Beyond Objects, Beyond Scores

April 2016

The musician and composer­ on the art of self-transformation, resisting cultures of exclusion, and what he calls ‘easy camaraderie.’

No Noise, Only Sound

October 2015

The late avant-garde composer’s Diary offers his musings on politics, prose, and the strange condition of being human.

Music Meant to Change the World

August 2015

Folk City at the Museum of the City of New York dives into the politics and nostalgia of New York’s folk revival.

Jessica Hopper: Remember the Women

June 2015

Ian F. Blair interviews music critic Jessica Hopper on zines, fangirls, and being consumed by records.

Sandy Tolan: Flute at the Check Point

May 2015

The everyday politics of confinement and the power of music in Palestine.

The Everyday Extraordinary

December 2014

The poet and curator on expanding autobiography, the importance of elegy, and the centrality of blues to experience.

Lincoln Michel: Lush Rot

March 2014

American South: Flannery O’Connor, True Detective, Southern hip-hop, and the gnarled roots of Southern Gothic.

Saxon Baird: The Dying Days of Vinyl in Reggae’s Capital

February 2014

While foreigners buy up the relics of Jamaica’s musical heritage, reggae culture lives on in Kingston.

Aditi Sriram: Watch

October 2013

Qawwali, the enchanting song of the Sufis, still possesses the devotees of the Nizamuddin Auliya shrine in Delhi.

Guernica’s Shutdown-Blues Playlist

October 2013

Songs for the furloughed and frustrated.

Telling a Whopper

October 2013

The writer-musician rewrites the Battle Hymn in his new novel, The Good Lord Bird.

Deenah Vollmer: Anatomy of an Anti-Scene

August 2013

Tracing Antifolk’s aesthetics and community, from the Lower East Side to Berlin.

Vipralambha (Union Through Separation)

July 2013

Two Dubai-based artists explore a history of political and social tension through border-crossing sounds.

Andrew Ridker: Profane Fruit – On Kanye, Yeezus, and the Sanctity of Sound

July 2013

An irreverent sample of “Strange Fruit” would signify a takedown of not only a great American jazz standard, but of a crucial civil rights work as well. You can probably tell what’s coming next.

Leah Carroll: Beyoncé and the Real Girl

February 2013

How do you solve a problem like Beyoncé? With her autobiography pic and some drag artists from the ’80s.

Sex & Death

February 2013

Matt Korvette of the punk band Pissed Jeans on pain, fashion fetishes, and redirecting the male gaze

Jess Engebretson: Hipco—the Living Art of Liberia

January 2013

Amid violence and devastation, a thriving, transgressive music.

A Rioter’s Prayer

November 2012

Pussy Riot's Yekaterina Samutsevich on protest, art, and freedom

Chad Wys: Artist’s Playlist

September 2012

Artist Chad Wys gives us a peek into the music he listens to while he works.

Aaron Leaf: Pussy Riot’s Closing Statements

August 2012

Instead of using her closing statement to express remorse, Yekaterina Samutsevich of the Russian feminist punk band Pussy Riot talked about Putin, power, and the subversive potential of images.

Lois Beckett: Pandora Asks Listeners to Share Their Emails With Romney

August 2012

Don't harass me on my email, don't stalk me on the apps that I use, says Crystal Harris after receiving a pop-up message asking her to share her email with the Romney campaign.

The Rappers of Rutshuru

July 2012

Making music in war-torn Eastern Congo

Carmen García Durazo: M.I.A.’s Controversial “Bad Girls” Video Will Do Nothing For Saudi Women

March 2012

M.I.A. likes to portray herself as a revolutionary, but if the “Bad Girls” video is any indication, she’s more interested in pandering to Western stereotypes of Arab countries.

Listen to the Banned

December 2010

Just in time for the holidays, a new CD compiles a who’s who of banned musicians from around the world.

Event: Haiti Benefit at The Living Room

December 2010
 December 16th is the Haiti Benefit at The Living Room. The lineup includes Matt Singer, Great Elk, Casey Shea, Ryan Hobbler and Wynn Walent. Proceeds will go to Nuestros Pequenos Hermanos International.

Guernica Celebrates 6!

October 2010
 Join Guernica for an evening filled with food, drinks, music, readings, auctions, celebrities, honorees, and more fun than should be allowed at a benefit.

Wise Latina

October 2009

The genre- and language-blending Mexican-American singer discusses “Indian-ness,” making music in the land of cultural chameleons, and says she may never be hip in the U.S. But her songs might be the most eloquent response yet to the likes of Joe “You Lie” Wilson.