Otis Redding

The Unbelievables: singer Emi Secrest lives up to the name at Crown Theatre show

POWERHOUSE vocalist Emi Secrest truly lives up to the name of the production she currently stars in: <i>The Unbelievables</i>.<p>“Music is a universal language …

Perth, Australia

‘Muscle Shoals’: Nancy Wilson Named Executive Music Producer, Bettina Gilois To Write Johnny Depp-Produced Series

Rock’n’roll legend Nancy Wilson has joined limited music drama series <i>Muscle Shoals</i> as Executive Music Producer via her Roadcase Productions shingle, …

TV

Top 10 conspiracy theories in fiction

Stories that appear to buy into hidden plots, from Franz Kafka to Thomas Pynchon, have an insistent appeal for readers looking to find out ‘what really happened’<p>While writing my third novel, UnAmerican Activities, I watched a lot of conspiracy theory videos on YouTube. The book is a series of …

Literature

Chris Robinson Brotherhood Leads Counterculture Rock Revival at the Fillmore

Playing San Francisco's fabled Fillmore is a special occasion for any band. But taking residence for three nights as the Chris Robinson Brotherhood …

Hunter S. Thompson

The Impossible Tale of 03 Greedo, the Future of West Coast Rap

The rapper's incredible potential has made him one of Los Angeles' most enigmatic artists, but his complicated history could cause his future to be in question.<p>I’ve never met anyone like 03 Greedo. He is, in turns, hyperkinetic and deeply pensive, and just as given to extended monologues as he is …

Music

Kelli O'Hara, Aaron Tveit, and More Bring Their American Songbooks to Lincoln Center

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend creator and star Rachel Bloom will also be among the performers in this season of the popular concert series.<p>The 2018 season of …

The Arts

Last of his kind

Dear Jason Isbell,<p>Sometimes how it is for most people isn't how it is for you. And that's all right, or at least it's nothing to get angry about. You …

Lynyrd Skynyrd

Gil Scott-Heron / Brian Jackson: Winter in America Album Review | Pitchfork

Gil Scott-Heron’s literary side was nurtured by his grandmother who introduced him to the poems and stories of Langston Hughes when he was a young boy. He was raised by her in Jackson, Tenn., where he read Hughes’ texts in the <i>Chicago Defender</i>, a black newspaper the old lady had delivered weekly. …

Music

Deep South road trip: discover a magical corner of south-east USA

ES Lifestyle Newsletter<p>Unlike much of the USA, surprisingly few travel guides have been written about road tripping through the Deep South.<p>Why the …

Travel

The Selling of Two Timberlakes

A look at Justin Timberlake's rare flexibility in self-fashioning—a flexibility that his idols didn't always enjoy.Justin Timberlake performs in …

Music

Fifty Years of “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay”

The story behind one of the greatest Southern songs ever recorded. Plus, a reissue and a tribute concert honoring its legendary singer, Otis Redding<p>In 1967, Otis Redding was on top of the world. That June, he was the only soul act who performed at the Monterey Pop Festival, taking the stage at 1 …

Soul Music

Funk Music Finally Has Its Own Hall of Fame

“One nation under a groove, gettin’ down just for the<p>funkof it.”<p>The nation Parliament Funkadelic was referring to in their 1978 hit was the USA, but …

Soul Music

Premiere: Jussie Smollett Shares Powerful Video for "Freedom" Starring Tika Sumpter and Cynthia Erivo

Jussie Smollett, who stars on <i>Empire</i> as a budding recording artist, has proven in the past that he has the real-life chops to pursue a music …

Summer Is the Best Season for Rom-Coms

<i>This week, four of our writers are participating in an extremely serious debate regarding which season is the best setting for a romantic comedy. Is</i> …

Entertainment

Welcome to the era of unnovation

For the past few years, another seasonal story has joined the traditional tales of woe about this mysterious, random thing called <i>Winter</i> causing chaos – always at the same time of year, it seems – on the railways of this fair land and of roadworks unexpectedly coinciding with the peak time for …

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The Story Of How Otis Redding's 'Dock Of The Bay' Got Released

Otis Redding's posthumous hit "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay" was released 50 years ago today. But it almost never got out of the recording studio.

Music

Otis Redding's '(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay' Is the Chillest Song Ever About Existential Angst

Few songs in pop history have been as evocative of the place their title describes as Otis Redding's "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay." The wave …

Music

'How to Be a Rock Critic' Celebrates the Legacy of Music Writer Lester Bangs

All you need to appreciate the work of the late, influential rock critic Lester Bangs, his friend and editor Greil Marcus once wrote, “is a …

Music

Blockbuster soundtracks that conquered the Official UK Albums Chart

A movie soundtrack in the higher reaches of the Official Albums Chart is a rare sighting these days – just seven in the last 20 years have reached …

Albums Chart

This day in history

Today is Monday, Jan. 8, the eighth day of 2018. There are 357 days left in the year.<p>Birthdays: Actor-comedian Larry Storch is 95. Broadcast …

Boston

The 200 Best Songs of the 1960s

• Laurie Records, 1965<p>The Barbarians<p>“Moulty”<p>180<p>This song is best known for being the inspirational tale of the band’s hook-handed drummer, but I’ll put up the chorus of “Moulty” against any other from the decade—“Louie Louie,” “Mony Mony,” anything—as being the biggest, loudest, and most …

Vinyl Records

Sixths Sense

Take a closer look at sixths, a key harmonic interval.<p>0<p>SHARES<p>Don’t let the term diatonic harmonic interval scare you; it simply means two notes from …

Guitar

Why Americans Missed Out on Public Domain Day (Again)

Aleister Crowley, Dorothy Parker, and René Magritte joined the public domain in 2018, but not in the United States<p>Comment on this Story

Aleister Crowley

2018 Preview: Travis Scott on Redefining Rap and Why He Still Hasn't Gotten His Due

Travis Scott’s house is kind of a mess. Not in the way you’d expect from a constantly working, constantly traveling, constantly blunt-smoking …

Music

The Beatles of Vietnam

As so many rock ’n’ roll stories do, the CBC Band’s began with the purchase of a guitar behind the back of a disapproving father.<p>When he was a young child in Vietnam, Tung Linh wanted a guitar, so his mother bought one for him. His father, Phan Van Pho, was a cook for French officials in Hanoi, and …

Opinion

Eat The Beat: Born Ruffians On The Power Of Rhythm

The band's new album 'Uncle, Duke & The Chief' is incoming...Think you know <b>Born Ruffians</b>?Think again. The Canadian three-piece went into sessions for …

Soul Music

Hopefully For The Last Time: The US Has Zero New Works Enter The Public Domain On January 1st

For many years now, during the first week of January, we write a post about Public Domain Day. That's the day -- January 1st -- where works that have …

Aleister Crowley

Music Producer And Songwriter Rick Hall Dies At 85

Rick Hall, known as the "Father of Muscle Shoals Music," died Tuesday. Hall founded FAME studios, which made Muscle Shoals, Ala., synonymous with southern sounds of soul and R&B.<p>Transcript<p>RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:<p>You may not know him by name, but you know his sound.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF WILSON PICKETT SONG, …

Culture

New year goals for slimmed down DJ Khaled - Music News LIVE - BBC

Live Updates<p>Getty Images<p>New albums from Janelle Monae and Grimes, plus Bjork, Lady Gaga and Taylor Swift live gigs all the make the list of things we should get excited about over the next 12 months.<p>Weird that a follow up Chris and Kem single isn't in there.<p>Have a look at what else made the …

DJ Khaled

Legendary Producer Rick Hall Dead at 85

Producer Rick Hall, who was best known for his groundbreaking work with the Muscle Shoals sound, has died at the age of 85 after a battle with …

Country Music