Ian Beattie: Music for the Austerity Era

Beattie profiles the life and sounds of soul singer Charles Bradley @ Maisonneuve. On a recent evening, while Portugal erupted in marches, rioters torched Athens and Occupy Oakland clashed with police, Charles Bradley stood in the exposed-brick basement of Montreal’s Corona Theatre, ironing his suits and listening to the Marvelettes. He was due onstage in… Read more »

Luc Sante on The Mother Courage of Rock

Sante reflects on the early music and poetry of Patti Smith @ The New York Review of Books I first heard of Patti Smith in 1971, when I was seventeen. The occasion was an unsigned half-column item in the New York Flyer, a short-lived local supplement to Rolling Stone, marking the single performance of Cowboy… Read more »

Patrick Rosal on Improvisations

Rosal recounts all he knows about pianos @ Drunken Boat. The essay has been nominated by Drunken Boat for a 2011 Pushcart Prize.It doesn’t matter how you cross an ocean, by boat or by air. It will take things from you—some of them for good. My father is eighty. When he plays, body erect, foot… Read more »

Anastassiya Andrianova: Something in the Key of A

Andrianova recounts her upbringing in the Ukraine and New York through her passion for music @ Global Graffiti. Armed with my ax, I was about to enter a midtown studio to play some rock music, and maybe some emo. We were supposed to have met up the week before, but my friend Andy, the drummer… Read more »

Music has broad shoulders

Gregg Williard remembers the childhood comforts of movie soundtracks @ Artocratic. If I said I used to hear particular music all the time, I expect you’d nod with recognition. Maybe, if you’re from my generation, you’d recount how you used to spin Stevie Wonder’s “Superstition” or Miles Davis’ “Round About Midnight” until the worn needle… Read more »