Here are some of the most recent articles, news stories, and videos involving music and musicians: The 10 Best Music Videos of 2021 So Far It's only halfway through 2021, but already some of the year's best music videos have been released. From the emotionally-charged visuals of Billie Eilish's heartbreaking ballad "Your Power" to the vibrant, retro-inspired visuals of Doja Cat's vibrant single "Kiss Me More", there's no shortage of incredible music videos to enjoy. Here are some of the best music videos of 2021 so far. 1. Billie Eilish – “Your Power” 2. Doja Cat – “Kiss Me More” 3. Kid Cudi – “The Adventures Of Moon Man & Slim Shady” 4. Lil Nas X – “MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name)” 5. Taylor Swift – “willow” 6. The Weeknd – “Save Your Tears” 7. Ariana Grande – “positions” 8. Megan Thee Stallion – “Cry Baby” 9
When Hot Rats came out in October 1969, it showed a new side of Zappa’s music. It wasn’t poking fun at trends or mixing genres in a blender. It highlights his compositions and skill in both writing memorable songs and as a guitar hero. The lengthy guitar solos showed him emerging as more than just the scruffy leader of the Mothers of Invention, while the musicians he surrounded himself with - from session players to heavyweights like Jean-Luc Ponty - pointed to his ambitions as a musician. But when compared to the material within this box, it also shows Zappa as producer, too.
More than 120 artists have signed an open letter to SXSW from the Union Of Musicians And Allied Workers (UMAW) demanding higher pay. Artists who signed include Guy Picciotto, Y La Bamba, Anjimile, Wednesday, Vijay Iyer, Eve 6, Cadence Weapon, Zola Jesus, Heba Kadry, Speedy Ortiz, and more. The letter marks the launch of a campaign called Fair Pay At SXSW.
”I may have been just 30 when I made this album, but I was a lost, broken, vulnerable kid,” Sharon says. ”All of the musicians on this album helped me come to life and perform in ways I never had before.”
Heartfelt tributes to Tom Verlaine have been pouring in since news broke of his death late last month. A famously enigmatic character, the Television co-founder never went out of his way to make himself lovable — but he was loved all the same. As you’ll see below, Verlaine provided a guiding light for a wide array of artists through the decades. His deeply original approach (to the guitar, to songwriting, to life) went beyond mere influence and inspiration; it seeped inextricably into the DNA of generations of musicians and writers. As a result, this case will likely never be closed …