There is a long-established strain of political and social protest in the blues. Well-known examples include Lead Belly's Bourgeois Blues, J.B. Lenoir'sEisenhower Blues, and Big Bill Broonzy's Black Brown and White.Monday, 17 September, 2012, 9:25am
I don't think everyone realises how important it is to smile. Smiling comes easily to some people, because they are happy. But not everyone smiles.
Smiling has the power to make us feel better. It's good if we can smile even if we feel miserable.28 Mar 2012 - 12:00am
Dennis Yip Chor-hong admitted he 'pushed too hard' with Union's Star last term and a tender approach was the key to the six-year-old's Class Three dirt win. Union's Star was withdrawn from a race last month and given two weeks off when recurring leg problems flared again. Yip said soreness limited the horse's performances throughout a winless 2010-11 season.5 Dec 2011 - 12:00am
The Mothers of Invention Freak Out! Verve
It's an album full of eerie noises, atonal flourishes and spoken-word nonsense as well as the occasional straightforward blues song, but Freak Out! - Frank Zappa's debut album with the Mothers of Invention - laid the sonic blueprint for the following four decades of art rock.8 May 2011 - 12:00am
Unlike his big hit, former Fugees member Wyclef Jean wasn't killing us softly on Monday night. In town to promote a new CD, The Carnival II: Memoirs of an Immigrant, the dapper rapper came out in a gold lame jacket but quickly got down and dirty, rocking Landmark Mandarin Oriental's MO Bar for almost two hours. (Usually these music showcases last for maybe 30 minutes.)23 Apr 2008 - 12:00am
The Mars Volta
The Bedlam in Goliath
The Mars Volta are a world away from the mainstream, and on this, their fourth studio offering, they're again immersed in the weird.17 Feb 2008 - 12:00am
The Magnetic Fields
(Nonesuch)3 Feb 2008 - 12:00am
Tuomas Holopainen, keyboardist and songwriter for Finnish symphonic metal outfit Nightwish, has a long list at hand when asked to describe his band's music.24 Jan 2008 - 12:00am
Out of the Blue
Either the 'cool factor' is forever in perpetual motion, or I'm too old to care what's hip and what's not.
Whatever the case may be, the recent re-release of this 30th-anniversary edition of Out of the Blue, containing the kind of29 Jul 2007 - 12:00am
We'll Never Turn Back
(Anti)8 Jul 2007 - 12:00am
American Dream Posse
Sometimes, it seems, Tori Amos just wants to dress up.13 May 2007 - 12:00am
Nine Inch Nails' latest album Year Zero is the band's first concept album.
Don't expect any of the 16 tracks to be easy-listening tunes.
'It certainly doesn't sound like anything else out there right now,' said Trent Reznor, the founder and primary creative force behind the band. It sounds more like a soundtrack for an apocalyptic sci-fi film.29 Apr 2007 - 12:00am
Nine Inch Nails
Nine Inch Nails' fifth, and studio, album is filled with innovation and all the multi-dimensional beats and textures that its rock dominated predecessor, With Teeth, lacked.22 Apr 2007 - 12:00am
My Name is Buddy
The ghost of Woody Guthrie casts its shadow over Ry Cooder's latest release. Like Bruce Springsteen - on last year's excellent We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions - Cooder has delved into America's rich folk history, looking at Depression-era tales with one eye on the past and one on the present.18 Mar 2007 - 12:00am
The Small Faces
Ogden's Nut Gone Flake
It's possible to wonder to what extent certain great albums of the 1960s owe their status to their sleeves. Certainly, they were more than incidental to Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, Tommy and Ogden's Nut Gone Flake.9 Jul 2006 - 12:00am