Paul Lisicky: Contour and CadenceApril 2016
The 2016 Guggenheim Fellow discusses his memoir The Narrow Door.
Kamini Dandapani: Untimely MelodiesApril 2016
On Music: Introducing a new monthly series about music across cultures.
The Pretensions of PopApril 2016
A look at the secret, defining force in a field largely comprised of autodidacts and bedroom enthusiasts
Beyond Objects, Beyond ScoresApril 2016
The musician and composer on the art of self-transformation, resisting cultures of exclusion, and what he calls ‘easy camaraderie.’
No Noise, Only SoundOctober 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 WorldAugust 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 WomenJune 2015
Ian F. Blair interviews music critic Jessica Hopper on zines, fangirls, and being consumed by records.
Sandy Tolan: Flute at the Check PointMay 2015
The everyday politics of confinement and the power of music in Palestine.
The Everyday ExtraordinaryDecember 2014
The poet and curator on expanding autobiography, the importance of elegy, and the centrality of blues to experience.
Lincoln Michel: Lush RotMarch 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 CapitalFebruary 2014
While foreigners buy up the relics of Jamaica’s musical heritage, reggae culture lives on in Kingston.
Aditi Sriram: WatchOctober 2013
Qawwali, the enchanting song of the Sufis, still possesses the devotees of the Nizamuddin Auliya shrine in Delhi.
Guernica’s Shutdown-Blues PlaylistOctober 2013
Songs for the furloughed and frustrated.
Telling a WhopperOctober 2013
The writer-musician rewrites the Battle Hymn in his new novel, The Good Lord Bird.
Deenah Vollmer: Anatomy of an Anti-SceneAugust 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 SoundJuly 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 GirlFebruary 2013
How do you solve a problem like Beyoncé? With her autobiography pic and some drag artists from the ’80s.
Sex & DeathFebruary 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 LiberiaJanuary 2013
Amid violence and devastation, a thriving, transgressive music.
A Rioter’s PrayerNovember 2012
Pussy Riot's Yekaterina Samutsevich on protest, art, and freedom
Chad Wys: Artist’s PlaylistSeptember 2012
Artist Chad Wys gives us a peek into the music he listens to while he works.
Aaron Leaf: Pussy Riot’s Closing StatementsAugust 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 RomneyAugust 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 RutshuruJuly 2012
Making music in war-torn Eastern Congo
Carmen García Durazo: M.I.A.’s Controversial “Bad Girls” Video Will Do Nothing For Saudi WomenMarch 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 BannedDecember 2010
Just in time for the holidays, a new CD compiles a who’s who of banned musicians from around the world.
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 LatinaOctober 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.