Fetch the Bolt Cutters review: Fiona Apple’s fifth studio album is cathartic, unfeigned and utterly unique
By the time Fetch the Bolt Cutters is through its 52-minute run time, the listener comes out restored – as Fiona Apple has purged herself of her feelings and taken us along on the journey.
Gender disparity to genre diversity: Breaking down this year's Indian independent music scene so far
How diverse is the Indian independent music scene? And how concentrated is the scene in certain cities and which specific genres are generating the majority of the music?
Buddy Guy talks legacy, BB King and more: 'I am trying to keep the Blues alive, and I can’t do it by myself'
Back in India to headline the Mahindra Blues Festival at the Mehboob Studio in Bandra, Buddy Guy spoke with Firstpost about the relevance of the Blues today and the pressure to keep the music alive after BB King’s demise
A master list of India's female indie and pop songwriters and composers: A guide for fans and festival programmers
This list is set to show the nation’s festival programmers – who frequently cite the scarcity of talent as the main reason for the paltry percentages of women in their line-ups – that there are far more female artists than perceived. Maybe they aren’t looking hard enough.
Battling against odds of life, India’s one-man band and Likeer Gladson Peter is an inspiration for many
As part of his collaboration with Likee, India's one-man-band Gladson Peter has posted a number of short videos on the app
Depending on the task at hand, listening to music while working can be a performance enhancer or distraction
Depending on the type of work one is doing, listening to music in the background can either improve performance or be distracting.
'How can you be an artiste and not reflect the times?' The inside story of Arivu's fight against oppression
From ‘Sandai Seivom’ (Let's Fight, a protest song against the CAA) or 'Snowlin' (about the teenage girl shot dead during the Sterlite protest), Arivu's music — like his existence — is political.
Spotify’s first year in India: 365 days of legal disputes, listenership growth and lingering questions
The top five most streamed acts on Spotify since launch are all Bollywood biggies who occasionally or regularly dabble in pop: Arijit Singh, Tanishk Bagchi, Neha Kakkar, Badshah and Shreya Ghoshal.
Adnan Sami Padma Award row: Timing of honour, when musician's prime is long past, reduces him to sycophancy
Adnan Sami was once known as being an incredibly talented musician. But his most prolific work was too brief and far behind him currently. By awarding him the Padma Shri now and making it seem like popular opinion, the government has reduced him to a sycophant.
With Mac Miller's Circles, Jon Brion assembles last statement of restless artist who had much more to say
Mac Miller, an ambitious rapper with a groggy voice who evolved rapidly and sold millions of records before he died from an accidental overdose in September 2018, at 26, was an accomplished producer in his own right. But he enlisted Jon Brion for what he hoped would be a creatively expansive and experimental new phase of his career | via @nytimes
Amid row over Billboard's list of top 10 rock songs of the decade, how genre is defined in 21st century merits a look
The top three spots on Billboard’s Top-10 Rock Songs list are dominated by one band: Imagine Dragons, who were perhaps to the 2010s what Nickelback were to the aughties
Prateek Kuhad on finding success, ever-larger audiences: 'I never thought my music would get so popular'
In this interview with Firstpost, Prateek Kuhad says: “I’m neither from a musical family nor do I have a single friend who is a celebrity. I don’t know anybody who relates to this. I don’t have any reference point. I feel very alone sometimes."
Several compositions on a CD, to be released on January 17, exemplify how the framework transcends civilisational genres of East and West
Sunburn Music Festival's return to Goa was highlighted by DJ Snake's political statement, a diverse lineup of artists
Sunburn Music Festival 2019 was an adulterated fan experience, but it was not difficult to observe the use of such a platform to raise awareness about global issues.
Music trends of the decade: The Spotify effect, Lana Del Rey's summertime sadness, Kanye vs Kendrick and genre fluidity
From streaming services to the globalisation of pop and from the rise of hip-hop to the changing face of rock, music trends of the decade.
'Stray Cat Blues' to Ted Nugent's 'Jailbait', a compendium of popular Western music's most problematic songs
Today, we head into a fun topic — old dudes behaving inappropriately with underage girls, in popular “Western” music! Just to be clear, it is generally agreed that this is something which is not ok. But does that stop old dudes? It does not! Here are a few songs that distinguish themselves as being grosser than the rest.
As part of the Winter Jazz Wave 2019, organised by the music agency Gatecrash, are nine gigs across the country between 11 and 19 December, featuring the French jazz outfit David Bressat Quintet. Find the schedule here.
Like “Eastern”, “Northern” and “Southern” songs, “Western” songs can sometimes be pretty problematic. There are songs about incest! Violence! Murder! Homophobia! Racism! These songs are a veritable cornucopia of problematic awesomeness.
The Wall, Pink Floyd's best known album, is embodiment of tension, competing visions that haunt many rock bands
Forty years ago Pink Floyd released its 11th studio album The Wall, which would go on to become the number two bestselling double album in history. But it would also mark the last time Pink Floyd’s core members would record an album together. Years of touring and financial stress had taken their toll. The egomania of one member, Waters, during the recording of The Wall would be the tipping point.
Celia Lobo — "India’s only living opera diva" — has had a career filled with remarkable moments.