So here it is over a month after Halloween. Thanksgiving has passed, and it’s already the Christmas season. So why, you might rightfully ask, am I reviewing and still listening to the Super Dark Collective’s Halloween compilation “Do the Fright Thing Volume 8”? Because it kicks SO MUCH ASS!
It’s that time of the year again, when snowy, icy weather occasionally forces us to stay inside. Thankfully, that doesn’t mean you have to wait out the season to get back on a bike—there’s always indoor cycling. Make the best of it by livening up your rides with a motivational mix in your ears. Here, Bicycling staffers share their favorite albums, playlists, podcasts, books, and other tips for making room-temp rides much more fun.
In 1971, in the journal Science, two scientists, Roger S. Payne and Scott McVay, published a paper titled “Songs of Humpback Whales.” They began by noting how “during the quiet age of sail, under conditions of exceptional calm and proximity, whalers were occasionally able to hear the sounds of whales transmitted faintly through a wooden hull.” In the modern era, we could listen in new ways: Payne and McVay worked with underwater recordings of humpback-whale vocalizations from a naval researcher who, as the story goes, was listening for Soviet submarines off Bermuda. They analyzed the recordings, and Payne’s own, and found structure and repetition in the sounds, documenting a sonic hierarchy: units, phrases, and themes, which combined into what they called song.
Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood of Radiohead took a musical detour during the pandemic to link up with Sons of Kemet drummer Tom Skinner for a new project, the Smile. Initially, when the Smile made their live debut in England in 2021, few knew what direction the music would take. But the trio found a way to skim along the sounds of their main projects; Skinner provides a deeper London jazz groove to lock into while the Radiohead side offer moody rock elements. It all melds into one of the most engaging Radiohead-adjacent projects (though I don’t want to overlook Greenwood’s work with Junun). Their debut effort A Light for Attracting Attention has earned much critical acclaim since its May 2022 release.
U2 is going to be honored this weekend in Washington, D.C. at the 45th Kennedy Center Honors ceremony. Honorees don’t perform at the ceremony, so those looking for a performance from U2 will have to wait a bit for their next tour. Of course, when that tour will take place in anyone’s guess.
This holiday season, it’s likely you have all kinds of different people to buy for. If you have a musician on your list, keep reading. It can be tough to know what to get the artist in your life, so we’re offering an excellent place to start on your gift-giving journey with this list of gifts for musicians that you can find at Guitar Center. Whether they could use a new guitar, a boost to their live performance setup, more professional-sounding tools for DIY home recordings, or something else entirely, this list has you covered with links to all these amazing buys. (It probably wouldn’t hurt to look at the 2021 version of this list, either.)
Friday, December 9, 8 p.m. A thrilling night of funk, soul, EDM, and live genre-fusing jams will be on the December 9 agenda at the Redstone Room at Common Chord, with the Davenport venue and Digital Notation hosting a night with the young musical talents of Recycled Funk, The Tripp Brothers, and Quad Cities ensemble The Textures.
With so much incredible bass music coming out of the UK, we’ve compiled a list of seven dubstep-dominated labels you should be following. While the UK has a long history of electronic music across all genres, those in the bass realm have reigned supreme. The roots of genres like jungle and drum and bass can be found when immigrants from the Caribbean made their way to England, and their musical influence was intertwined with disco, rock, and post-punk styles of the ’70s and ’80s. Years later, newfound genres like dubstep surfaced and began to blossom in the late ’90s.
March event to highlight, recognize, and appreciate trailblazers from seven South Asian nations. For the first time in its 37-year history, South by Southwest® (SXSW) celebrating the convergence of tech, film, music, education, and culture will partner with South Asian House (SAH) to highlight, recognize, and appreciate South Asians.
The Charlatans' Tim Burgess spent much of the (still ongoing) Covid pandemic as host of his Twitter Listening Party series, which is still going strong, but he's also gotten back to music. Earlier this year he released his great sixth (double) album, Typical Music, and he's gearing up to take The Charlatans on the road in North America with Ride in early 2023 where they'll play 1992's Between 10th and 11th in full (Ride are playing Nowhere in full).
Myra Bari, Culture Editor: My top track this month (which has honestly been on repeat for the last couple of months as well) is “Intezaar” by Lahore, Pakistan-based electronic pop and R&B duo Hassan & Roshaan with vocals from Zahra Paracha. I heard this somewhere on TikTok in September, and it’s been stuck in my head ever since. The production is top-notch and I really vibe with the chorus.
Thursday, December 8, 7 p.m. Described by Little Voice magazine as an artist who “is both a throwback to '60s folk-pop and very much in the moment,” singer/songwriter and Iowa native Elizabeth Moen headlines a December 8 concert at Davenport's Raccoon Motel, her 2020 EP Creature of Habit having amassed raves from Hot Press for the musician's “innate ability to craft tongue-in-cheek lyrics and pair them with arresting melodies.”
There’s been a lot of 90s nostalgia lately. Its time Attack throws our hat into the ring and goes back in time to the golden age of IDM as we make a drum pattern inspired by Bike, one of the many classics from Autechre’s iconic album ‘Incunabula‘
There are DJs — and then there’s Paul Van Dyk. The German legend has been making people dance for more than three decades. We caught up him with before he hits the stage at Treehouse in Miami this weekend to get the deets on his latest beats. Paul...
EDM, or electronic dance music, is a genre of music that emerged in the early 1990s. Early EDM was characterized by simple, repetitive beats and melodies. However, the genre has evolved over the years and includes many subgenres. Today, EDM is one of the world’s most popular music genres for artists like Neil Kennedy McConachie Of Kennedy One, Dallas, TX.
MIKE - "STOP WORRY!" (ft. SISTER NANCY) Over the long weekend, underground NYC rapper MIKE teamed with Wiki and The Alchemist for a great three-song EP, and today he's shared another single off his upcoming album Beware of the Monkey. It's a reggae-tinged song and it features dancehall icon Sister Nancy.
Detroit-based multi-instrumentalist and producer Moment (Mike Masch) does a deep dive into hip hop/rap music on his hook-filled new album "In Time", out now on streaming platforms. Sonically, listeners can expect 'a hip-hop fusion that integrates heavy undertones of electronica, classical, jazz, big beat, cinematic, and downtempo'. Moment expresses himself through these complimentary genres in order to express diverse emotions and energies while seeking to inspire. Mike Masch's creative ethos is to 'bring truth and excitement in the form of music.'
These under 30 musical prodigies and industry mavens have their finger on the pulse of the present and future, bringing Latin pop, Afrobeat and other genres into the mainstream via unconventional tactics. Situated in Manhattan’s East Village from 1973 until 2006, the CBGB club was a New York City staple....
ATTLAS teamed up with Richard Walters to birth a new project into the world, Sun Lo, and swung by to give insight into its creation and more. Canada has produced a number of remarkable artists in the electronic music scene over the years, and one of the most beloved is ATTLAS. First appearing on mau5trap in 2015, he continued to grace the imprint for years while gaining praise from tastemakers and fellow artists alike with his impeccable productions that tugged at heartstrings.