Music

The 5 Best New Acts at Philadelphia’s Made in America

Music | By. Mathias Rosenzweig | September 2, 2014

Image via MisterWives' Facebook This past weekend, Jay-Z’s annual Budweiser Made in America Festival took place for the third time in Philadelphia, this year with an adjacent festival in LA. While big names like Kanye West and Pharrell Williams might have helped to sell the most tickets, the two-day party also introduces up-and-comers to a highly receptive crowd. Here is a roundup of some the... Read More >

FRIDAY, AUGUST 29. Baltimore crunch-pop outfit Ed Schrader's Music Beat has been quietly developing a reputation as a killer live act. Find out why for free at the Brooklyn Night Bazaar, where they'll be opening for Dope Body, Vulture Shit, and Single Mothers. You can also catch Ed Schrader on September 3 at Death By Audio. 8pm, 165 Banker Street, Brooklyn, NY. Close out the summer w... Read More >

After uncovering the mystery of L’amour earlier this summer, it has now come to our attention (and pleasure) that another album by the enigmatic Lewis has emerged. Recorded under the name Randy Duke in the early 2000s at the  Fiasco Bros. studio , the follow-up to Romantic Times was aptly titled Love Ain’t No Mystery. And thanks to FACT, you can listen to “Heartbreak” and “It’s a Fr... Read More >

QT’s New Single ‘Looks Fizzy, Tastes Bouncy’

Music | By. Matthew Grumbach | August 26, 2014

The UK producers Sophie and A.G. Cook find common ground in their idiosyncrasies. They are both leaders of a new breed of enigmatic British musicians who craft and curate their accompanying visual output with as much consideration as the music they create. Sophie caught our attention last year with the summer hit “Bipp.” Around the same time A.G. Cook’s new label PC Music began to gain a fol... Read More >

via Penguin Prison's Facebook While most of us are trying to hang on to the last bit of summer, New York native Penguin Prison has been working on his cover of Sadé’s “Hang On To Your Love,” which he is releasing exclusively here on BlackBook. The singer/producer/remixer’s version of the classic features airy vocals over a club-friendly beat, accompanied by minimal synths, as is the a... Read More >

‘David Bowie Is’ Film To Debut in September

Film | By. Ken Scrudato | August 26, 2014

Our perpetually inverting contemporary cultural landscape has decisively proven William Burroughs’ “Dancing about architecture” sneer to have been less than perceptive. Indeed, it’s at times difficult to perceive where one artistic gesture ends and another begins. It makes perfect sense, then, that the ultimate act of postmodern self-referentialism should involve the ultimate modern cu... Read More >

Hurry, Watch Every VMA-Winning Video Right Here

Music | By. BlackBook | August 25, 2014

Fifth Harmony, photographed by Justin Bridges for BlackBook Video of the Year Miley Cyrus, "Wrecking Ball" http://youtu.be/My2FRPA3Gf8 Best Hip-Hop Video Drake ft. Majid Jordan, "Hold On (We’re Going Home)" http://youtu.be/GxgqpCdOKak Best Male Video Ed Sheeran ft. Pharrell Williams, "Sing" http://youtu.be/tlYcUqEPN58 Best Female Video Katy Perry ft. Juicy J, "Dark Horse" http://yout... Read More >

The life of Sinead O’Connor has been told more times than one can count. The framework: A woman from Ireland, having suffered through a tremendously bleak childhood, discovered therapy in music and over the years honed her skills into various International successes, primarily the ever-popular rework of Prince’s “Nothing Compares 2 You." Cut to a quick rip of the Pope’s picture on Saturday... Read More >

Police Arrest Cyclist, Brilliant Song Ensues

Music | By. BlackBook | August 22, 2014

Miracle Fever is a new rock outfit cooking up a rather interesting fusion of traditional sounding genre rock and more experimental composition. The band plays one of its first shows this Saturday at the Bitter End, and sent us over this new track "Lead Paint” off their upcoming EP. We spoke to lead singer Kenny Kusiak about the track and his own artistic vision. Tell us about this song ... Read More >

Sexy French Singer Owlle Alights In New York

Music | By. Ken Scrudato | August 22, 2014

Perhaps it’s a European thing, all those somber songbirds with a penchant for dressing up their mournful meditations with alluring hooks and slinky grooves. Sweden gave us Lykke Li, England gifted us with Bat For Lashes…and from France comes another ornithologically monikered goddess of song, the strikingly flame-haired Owlle. She took Europa by storm with the sedutive but melancholic ... Read More >