Playlist: 5 One-Hit Wonders of the 1990s - January 23, 2011 07:00 AM
You may not remember them by title, but after hearing a few riffs, at least a few of these one-hit wonders might stir up something in the distant reaches of your musical memory. At one time, these songs were all you heard. In the car, at the grocery store, at the mall, you couldn’t get away from them. But perhaps, after years of lying dormant in the farthest reaches of your brain, you might just find yourself missing them.
5 Must-Bookmark Music Sites - November 30, 2009 07:00 AM
Thousands of bands and singer-songwriters are making names for themselves with or without the help of labels. The Web is instrumental in spreading the word, and blogs, aggregators and multimedia sites are king. We spotlight five music sites that everyone should bookmark, and mention several more worthy contenders.
Playlist: 5 Essential Jazz Trumpet Solos - March 18, 2009 12:40 PM
Taste in jazz is extremely personal, and everyone has an opinion. Still, some songs and musicians stand out as classics in a particular category. FindingDulcinea looks at five songs with legendary trumpet solos.
Playlist: Anatolia Rock - September 22, 2008 12:30 AM
Inspired by Britain’s Mersey beats and the twang-infused guitar that got American surfers grooving in the 1960s, young Turkish artists took up their instruments and followed suit, despite their weak command of English and a culture that publicly frowned upon mention of sex and drugs. Welcome to Anatolia Rock, a union of Turkish folk culture and swirling psychedelia worthy of the most fervent dervish.
Playlist: 5 Actors with Albums - September 16, 2008 01:42 AM
Some actors (e.g., David Hasselhoff, William Shatner) should restrict their singing to the shower. Other actor/singers and singer/actors like Mandy Patinkin, Harry Connick Jr. and Jennifer Hudson have successfully balanced careers in both fields. The following five actors have bravely entered the recording studio to try their luck.
Playlist: Old Skool Rap - August 25, 2008 12:30 AM
“Old school rap” refers to the original recorded hip-hop music that had a profound impact on the music industry. A synthesis of jazz, rock and various other musical genres, the rhythmic delivery became a cross-cultural phenomenon. While many dismissed hip-hop as a fad they hoped would disappear, its forefathers are responsible for refining it as an art form and setting the stage for their successors to dominate the musical culture.
Playlist: Performing Producers - August 11, 2008 12:30 AM
There was a time when the knob twiddlers, studio hermits and engineers behind the sound boards were an anonymous bunch, forever lost in the shadow of the music and the musicians they helped to create. But that time has long since passed.
Playlist: 5 Modern Composers Worth Listening to - July 28, 2008 12:30 AM
Defining the role of “composer” or “classical music” these days is far from an easy task. With technology that has allowed the sound of hundreds of people to come from a single performer, and production that allows musicians to leave cavernous recording studios behind, one would assume that composing has become more accessible—a universal art form available to anyone with any number of multi-track computer programs.
Playlist: Standout Soundtracks - July 14, 2008 12:30 AM
An effective soundtrack can make a film memorable, drive the plot forward, lend personality to each scene and create a mood that generates fan response. These days, it seems that unique tunes, rather than established hits, are making soundtracks popular, catching filmgoers off guard with unconventional lyrics and styles. We’ve highlighted three films employing surprising and unusual songs by talented musicians, past and present.
Playlist: The 5 Best Live Acts - June 16, 2008 12:30 AM
The concert is one musical phenomenon that remains unharmed by technology. There is just no substitute for hearing your favorite band play live. Musicians lose money to free MP3s, but continue to earn money for touring around the country and the world. A handful of fresh acts stand out on stage. After a taste of their work via online video, you’ll soon be hungry for the real thing.
Playlist: 5 Female Pop Soloists - June 02, 2008 12:30 AM
These five female pop vocalists have one thing in common: incredible voices. But they’ve achieved fame in different ways, and brought a unique element to the airwaves.