Mondo Loops launches Dreamy Lofi Hip Hop Vol #2 (incl. free version)

Mondo Loops has returned with another batch of fresh lofi sounds. Dedicated to the soft, textured, and warm sounds of lofi in the style of Chillhop and Lofi Girl, Dreamy Lofi Hip Hop Volume 2 contains mellow, cinematic melodic loops including acoustic and electric guitars, ukulele, pianos, synths, and more.
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Album Of The Week: Anxious Little Green House

“My dad would play me a lot of early aughts power pop/indie music, and I was really looking to stuff like Fountains Of Wayne and Death Cab For Cutie. But I was also listening to Pianos Become The Teeth.” That’s Anxious guitarist and backup singer Dante Melucci telling Brooklyn Vegan about some of bands he was listening to while recording the Connecticut band’s debut album Little Green House. Before I turn to dust upon learning this adult musician discovered Death Cab through his father, I would like to identify this as a helpful rubric for understanding his band’s music — particularly that push and pull between Fountains’ unrelentingly catchy power-pop and Pianos’ soaring, melodramatic post-hardcore.
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Morton Feldman – Piano and String Quartet (2021)

It seems almost inevitable that the five-star, five-disc box set Morton Feldman Piano (2019), by Apartment House pianist Philip Thomas, should overshadow Morton Feldman releases on Another Timbre and other labels, not least because of its 6-hour duration and Thomas’ exquisite performances. However, as the Another Timbre catalogue reveals, there is far more to Feldman than his compositions for solo piano. Two Pianos and other pieces, 1953-1969 (2014) featured Thomas and John Tilbury playing pieces for two pianos, and being joined by Catherine Lawson then Mark Knoop to play pieces for three or four pianos; in addition, that album included pieces in which one or more pianos were joined by other instruments, played by members of Apartment House.
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Aretha Franklin Never Married Again after Her Son Introduced Her to Her Ex-husband

Aretha Franklin married her husband, Glynn Turman, before announcing the news during one of her concerts. However, their marriage ended painfully, and she never remarried. Aretha Franklin and actor Glynn Turman both had failed marriages when they started falling in love. The pair were wary of marriage at that point, but Glynn couldn't deny his feelings and eventually proposed to the singer.

United Moving Solutions

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Donor-funded Grand Pianos Enhance Experience for Allegheny Music Students, Faculty, and Audiences

Fittingly, the first person to play a new Kawai GX-2 grand piano when it arrived on the Allegheny College campus last summer was a student. Simone Robinson-Stevens ’24 was on campus for summer research with piano professor Douglas Jurs when the new instrument was delivered to the choir room. Prof. James Niblock asked if she would like to be the first one on campus to play it, so the piano major sat down and played Debussy’s “Clair de Lune.” Niblock confessed that he was as excited as she was: “I was overflowing with enthusiasm.”

10 things to know about Pope emeritus Benedict XVI

Pope emeritus Benedict XVI served as pope from 2005 to 2013. He was born Joseph Ratzinger on April 16, 1927, at Marktl in the German state of Bavaria. He turns 95 soon. Pope emeritus Benedict XVI served as pope from 2005 to 2013. He was born Joseph Ratzinger on April 16, 1927, at Marktl in the German state of Bavaria. He turns 95 soon.

ADSR Sounds launches The Piano Plug sample pack by Beats24-7

ADSR Sounds has released a new sample pack from the Beats24-7 label. The Piano Plug brings a fresh batch of quality samples and piano melodies aimed at Trap and Hip Hop music production. Receive 5 Beat Construction Kits inspired by popular artists like The Kid LAROI, Lil Baby, Juice WRLD,...

Recommended Piano Books (Fiction, Non-Fiction & Academic)

Below is a small selection of recommended piano-related books (fiction, non-fiction, technical and academic), most of which are still widely available. Some are new titles, others have been around for a while. In some instances, a more detailed account can be found in the main body of this site. If...

The Wombats

When we think of indie-pop powerhouses The Wombats – back with brand new album ‘Fix Yourself, Not The World’ – we think of, well, mini-golf. Why? They’re both tee-rific. (Sorry – Ed.) Words: Alex Cabré. Photos: Sarah Louise Bennett. “When we started The...

Samplestar Soulful Nu Funk WAV

Samplestar are very proud to present Soulful Nu Funk! Expressive contemporary funk meets with smooth soul flavors in this eclectic and colorful production pack oozing with unique character and charm. We worked with only the very best session musicians to nail that authentic live vibe that’s so fundamental to this genre, guaranteeing you instant studio inspiration.

Cordele Ukulele Band spreads joy, happiness with music

Churches tend to be known for their spectacular pipe organs, beautiful pianos, or accomplished hand bell choirs. It’s rare, outside of Hawaii, perhaps, to hear a ukulele band. But a group in Cordele is doing its best to change that. Known as the CUBs – the Cordele Ukulele Band...

Earl Sweatshirt: Sick! review – a musically rich reset

Before Free Britney there was Free Earl, the 2010 movement to “liberate” the then 16-year-old US rapper Earl Sweatshirt from a reform school in Samoa to which his law professor mother had sent him, alarmed at his drug use. Since Sweatshirt’s graphic start as part of fellow enfants terribles Odd Future, the MC born Thebe Kgositsile has grown into one of hip-hop’s least obvious talents, rejecting mainstream rap tropes while grappling with his own introversion – he made an LP called I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside – and episodes of loss. Some Rap Songs (2018) reeled at the death of his estranged father, South African poet laureate Keorapetse Kgositsile – a dense, muzzy work delivered at speed, at an angle.

Pianos About Town Project Deadline February 1

The City of Fort Collins Art in Public Places (APP) Program, in cooperation with community partners Bohemian Foundation and Downtown Development Authority, seek to involve local artists/teams by commissioning them to work with the Pianos About Town Project team to paint murals or otherwise artistically decorate working pianos. The artists will be required to work on the piano in Old Town or other APP determined location in Fort Collins. The intent of this project is to create a downtown attraction of an artist working on site and to place decorated pianos around the Fort Collins area. The artists/teams are required to develop and submit a visual concept for the mural to be painted and/or decoration to be added to a functioning piano. Selected artists will receive a $1,000 honorarium. Deadline: February 1, 2022.

The Rhodes MK8 is the ultimate edition of the ultimate keyboard

The new Rhodes MK8 marks the culmination of 76 years of development. This iconic instrument has an intriguing origin story, followed by a high profile in modern music. The new MK8 from the Rhodes Music Group takes that legacy and refines it, with higher quality materials and components and plenty of customisation options.


“Through art we can reflect on ourselves more. A picture, a drawing and art in general can often express more than words can. It is a sense of expression that will help other people understand themselves and others better.”. Chiharu Shiota is a Berlin-based Japanese artist, renowned internationally for her large-scale, immersive...

Boogie woogie pianist Dr K pranks the public into thinking he can’t play

If you ever see a man in dark glasses approach someone playing a public piano and he asks, ‘Mind if I have a go? Um, where’s middle C?’, don’t be fooled. It could be boogie woogie virtuoso ‘Dr K’ – real name Brendan Kavanagh – who has been entertaining passers-by at train stations, airports and outdoor venues around London for the past few years.
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Mitski starts the new year with ‘Love Me More’ release

With the start of a new year comes the beginning of Mitski’s latest pre-release for her upcoming album set to release in February. Giving her notorius short time frame between announcements and release, not even 24-hours after the initial announcement for the track, listeners all around could consume “Love Me More” on January 12 on all platforms.