We get upset when artists don’t live up to the hype we are partially responsible for rendering. Now, unfairly or not, hype is a necessary criterium in not just criticism, but in any sort of response, emotional and intellectual, to music.
2013 was one of the best years in music of the past few years, but mostly it was a great year for single people, Miley Cyrus, and Pharrell.
Here is everything that I love about the nominations this year (but note that this list will turn into everything that went wrong if they all lose).
It’s such a tight knit community in the Chicago music scene, where almost every band knows one another and will often collaborate and play amazing shows together. I’ve seen some of the best shows of my life in that city, and I really miss some of those venues, but more than that I miss the bands that made those nights so great.
Cupid Deluxe and Missy Elliott's classic debut album Supa Dupa Fly both channel their forefathers underneath refreshing sonic scapes that define what soul music sounds like at the moment.