Three years in the making, Serena Ryder’s album Utopia contains music that does not shy away from pain.
Leon Bridges seems completely overwhelmed by the attention he’s been receiving—and for good reason. Just two years ago, the singer was crooning for co-workers while working part-time at two restaurants in Fort Worth, Texas.
Royal Wood had a problem. The singer-songwriter had fallen out of love. But not with a person, with something potentially more devastating—with music.
Harry Connick, Jr. likes to be in control. Since he released his self-titled debut vocal album at the age of 21 in 1988, he has handled all creative decisions about his music. For his new album, That Would Be Me, Connick handed over the reins, but not without considerable jitters.
At a time when so much pop music reverberates like the mindless backing track to a pep rally, it should come as no surprise that Sook-Yin Lee wanted the debut from her experimental duo, Jooj, to sound nothing like the status quo. After all, she’s been going against the grain all her life.
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A lot has happened to the members of Alabama Shakes since the release of their 2012 debut album, Boys & Girls.
When the Decemberists ended their two-year hiatus, the Portland, Oregon, quintet took a decidedly low-key route to recording the follow-up to 2011’s The King Is Dead.
“Here’s the deal: jazz has never been my genre,” says Annie Lennox, sitting on the sofa in her manager’s office in Los Angeles. Nevertheless, one day Lennox found herself searching for jazz tunes on YouTube and she fell down the Internet rabbit hole.