BRAZIL – 2020/07/26: In this photo illustration the Shopify logo seen displayed on a smartphone. … [+] (Photo Illustration by Rafael Henrique/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images) SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images As the music industry navigates a third year of the pandemic, many artists have discovered creative ways to adhere
With each passing year, the music continues to change and discover new sounds. 2021 has been no different, and artists continue to leverage popular social media platforms to their advantage, including the trendy app TikTok. A long list of artists has made waves over the 12 months, but these 10
Julia Michaels‘ career has skyrocketed over the past year. Already a talented songwriter with writing credits such as Selena Gomez, justin bieber, Demi Lovato, Ed Sheeranand Fifth Harmony to his name, Michaels took a leap of faith with the release of his third solo EP, 2017 The nervous system. Listen
As we slowly recover from the Coronavirus hangover, life is getting more enjoyable day by day. Last year we saw a moderate return to normalcy, with concert halls reopening and music festivals dispersing. With Glastonbury returning this year, after a two-year hiatus, we can look forward to the triumphant return
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Award-winning South African musical artist Rhandzu Lucretia US-based singer-songwriter and producer Will Diehl in concert Award-winning South African musical artist Rhandzu Lucretia South African and American musical artists meet for a virtual collaboration between World, Pop, Jazz – Xitsonga and English – for songwriting during the pandemic. Working remotely with
‘Blueprint’: Piano music by Nikolai Kapustin for Jazz Trio Frank Dupree, piano; Jakob Krupp, bass; Obi Jenne, drums (Capriccio) When I reviewed pianist Frank Dupree’s debut album of works by Nikolai Kapustin last year, Dupree previewed things to come. For his follow-up engagement with Kapustin, a Russian swing-influenced composer, Dupree
Record label Sony announced this week that it has acquired the rights to Bob Dylan’s entire catalog of recordings, dating back nearly 60 years. Dylan sold the rights to Sony in a deal worth between $150 million and $200 million in July last year, according to Variety. The singer-songwriter also
For ALIBI Music, there is no better way to usher in another year than with the release of 10 new albums – each skillfully crafted by professional composers/artists and adding to a catalog that has become a resource essential for editors working in film, television, streaming, video games and advertising.
Los Angeles newcomer Tolliver wears a decade of tribulation on his sleeve, his ravishing and soulful songs distilling all that pain into funky self-acceptance. Chicago-born Tolliver – a self-proclaimed “broke, gay, super-hot musician” – struggled growing up in the shadow of the church his father sang in the choir for.
Los Angeles duo SPELLES are gearing up to release their debut album, making it the perfect time to freshen up the two soulful EPs they’ve released so far. A fusion of the talents of musicians Kathryn Baar and Luc Laurent, SPELLES exudes a haunting melodic grandiosity from their songs. Their
Photography: Brent McKeever PinkPanther PinkPantheress (who just won the prestigious BBC Sound of 2022 award) was still living in her freshman halls at UAL when her songs started exploding on TikTok. Surrounded by a general sense of mystery (she only recently showed her face in photos and has yet to
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Photo by Kayko Tamaki Like many artists during the pandemic facing quarantine, Los Angeles-based Torii Wolf has found the energy quite prolific. Over the course of 2020, they released 20 stunning singles/tracks which increasingly revealed the eclectic talents behind the singer/songwriter’s genre songs. But it’s Wolf’s apathetic collaborative spirit that
Los Angeles phenom Esty learned fairly quickly in her burgeoning career as a musician that authenticity and truth to herself were central to her self-expression. A first-generation Dominican-American, Esty began releasing music as early as 2013 through 2017 in the form of a handful of singles and a debut EP
Capturing their teenage angst and undeniable talent as a burgeoning band, The Linda Lindas, an aspiring ensemble of surprisingly young band members, crashed into 2021 like a glass ceiling, releasing a slew of singles and fun and avant-garde clips, all punctuated by a youthful revolt and a fresh look. While
Photo by Jade Sadler Spill Tab has spent the past two years developing their eclectic and bubbly take on chamber pop, a road that culminated in the release of two radiant EPs. Claire, the Franco-Korean-American at the origin of the project, is still surfing the heart of the very collaborative
Cover of the EP by Vinny Nolan After a steady stream of singles in 2020, Inglewood artist Amindi has released his debut EP Nice in 2021, a collection of eight songs of honest internal monologues that reveal a journey of personal growth, self-realization and self-love; this personal journey draped in
Photo by Lindsey Byrnes The Los Angeles Agender Quartet cooks up the kind of ravishing, choppy post-punk that’s not for the faint of heart. Describing themselves as creators of “schizo, synth, paranoid” music, their songs juggle feelings of existential terror with a powerful “fetish for femininity”. Originally the solo project
As a project of Australian-born and Michigan-raised artist Chioma Ai Bendors Ilozor, Ai Bendr, who is now based in Los Angeles, has spent the past two years cultivating a growing following in love with her. touching pop ballads. His first single, heartbreaking and moving “Love me low” Helped fuel the
Photo by Alex Baxley Continuing the success of his EP, Freak show, local artist Junior Mesa ended 2021 with more visuals from his project, a psychedelic pop stunner filled with existential questions and self-discovery. As a deeply personal and conceptual work, the five-track EP elevates Mesa’s music to new heights
A new year symbolizes the beginning of new emerging musical artists ready to make their mark in the industry. While 2021 has seen the rise of many talented individuals, 2022 has a fresh batch of musicians to showcase on the scene. From London singer and songwriter Grace Carter, who supported
Photo by Jing Feng With the release of his new album public storage, musical artist and songwriter Hana Vu ended 2021 on an electrifying note. Armed with a voice of disarming dexterity and an incisive ability to extract poetic wonder from life, Vu bundles her captivating lyricism around a vibrant,
With a sensual voice that carefully articulates every syllable of wisdom stitched into her lyrics, Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter Jensen McRae creates deeply sentimental music that blossomed this year with the release of her debut EP, Who hurt you?. Her propensity to write and sing is also illustrated in her latest
Los Angeles handyman Wallice has had a prolific year. She released her stellar debut EP Off the tracks, a six-song collection of indie-pop leaning bops that introduced fans to his self-deprecating, incisive songwriting. But the 22-year-old has also hit some milestones in live shows, performing at her first music festival
Every once in a while, a disguised music fan launches the disconnected lament that “rock is dead.” After giving them the biggest eye-roll possible, be sure to steer them towards the unruly rockers Jagged Baptist Club and their two jaw-dropping albums – two powerful examples of rock at its peak.
Music remains a great source of comfort, especially during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Since concerts and shows are too few and far between, musicians also spend time in recording studios, producing a lot of music. From Weeknd’s recently announced “Dawn” album, at Porcupine Tree 11e studio album after a hiatus
Click to enlarge The eclectic instrumentation creates the unique sound which is loosely named, “World Music”. Jazz around the world, Putumayo album cover What is world music? According to Dictionary.com, it is “traditional music from the developing world.” In a much broader sense, it is any music incorporating different styles
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World Music Central presents the best world music albums of 2021 selected by its publishers and contributors. Daryana Antipova (Russia) San Salvador – La Grande Folie – La Grande Folie / Pagans / MDCMahsa Vahdat – Light up the night – Kirkelig KulturverkstedStaritsa – Klyukva – CPL-musicKhÃ¶Ã¶mei Beat – Changys