Willow Smith Celebrates Her 17th Birthday by Dropping New Album The 1st

Today, young philosopher Willow Smith turns 17, and to celebrate she has surprise-released her new album, The 1st (though it’s actually her second album — the follow-up to 2015’s Ardipithecus). Unlike her debut, it’s a collection mostly understated acoustic or piano-driven songs about topics ranging from crushing on a boy …

Bruce Springsteen’s Broadway Show, Reviewed

Bruce Springsteen has played every kind stage imaginable — hole-in-the-wall bars, 80,000-capacity stadiums, White House sitting rooms — and, as a bandleader in command a sound as big as this country is wide, surveyed the expanse America through hopes, dreams, and the subtle pull the open road. He is a …

TRU VONNE

Alright%20%28Main%29_Alright%20%281%29.mp3 Reigning from Long Beach,California, Tru Vonne moved out to Phoenix in high school. Left for a short time to attend college in Connecticut, and back to Phoenix she went. Her inspiration for doing music was kind accidental. She was an athlete all her life, but then she got hurt …

Shania Twain’s Now Is an Audacious Comeback Album

It feels like some kind cosmic tragedy that Shania Twain hasn’t recorded very much in the decade and a half since revolutionizing country-pop on her Come on Over and Up! albums, but personal trials are as much a constant in Shania’s story as music. She lost both parents in a …

On Ununiform, Tricky Finds New Angles in Darkness

You can’t claim that an artist who dubbed himself Tricky didn’t warn you about being difficult. When he first entered popular consciousness as a rapper on Massive Attack’s debut LP Blue Lines, the Bristol native born as Adrian Thaws made an immediate and indelible impact. Though he only appeared on …

Sam Hunt’s Crossover Country Has a Massive Cult Following

Unless you’re a country fan or a chart nerd, there’s a fair chance Sam Hunt is the biggest star you’re not listening to. His 2014 debut album Montevallo was a perfect slice crossover country-pop that ruffled traditional fans’ feathers in its embrace hip-hop values and pop production without falling prey …

Introducing Lomelda’s Sad Open-Road Music

When Hannah Read was 16 years old, she’d drive 200 miles each way to Waco and back to play guitar in her brother’s band. That’s four hours there, a 2 a.m. set to a room full drunk people, then four hours back through what was left the night, racing over …