Making Music Visible: Singing in Sign

On a recent afternoon in a brightly lit studio in Brooklyn, Mervin Primeaux-O’Bryant and Brandon Kazen-Maddox were filming a music video. They were recording a cover version of “Midnight Train to Georgia,” but the voices that filled the room were those of Gladys Knight and the Pips, who made the song a hit in the 1970s. And yet the two […]

Manuel Medrano, La Doña & More: First Stream Latin

Mon Laferte, Seis (Universal Music México) Mon Laferte wrote her sixth album, aptly titled Seis, while hunkered down in the pueblo mágico Tepoztlán, nearly two hours south of Mexico City. The Chilean singer-songwriter started writing it a month after the COVID-19 lockdown was imposed. “I was like everyone else, just filled with uncertainty,” she told Billboard. “So I clung onto […]

The Week’s Best Dance Tracks From Griz & Elohim & More

Pleasure State — the trio of Lee Foss, MK and Anabel Englund — wasn’t just a supergroup: it was a mindset, a portal to blurry summer nights spent swaying beneath the palm trees. But like many things, this state of pleasure was fleeting. After delivering suave hits like “Electricity”and “Ghost in the System,” the group went dormant in 2014 as […]

Prince’s Unearthed, Disillusioned Funk, and 10 More New Songs

Prince recorded an album called “Welcome 2 America” in 2010, but shelved it before his death in 2016; his estate will release it in July. Maybe Prince decided the album was too bleak. Its title song is ominous, funky, seemingly improvisational and deeply cynical about an era of misinformation, exploitation and distraction. A pithy, stop-start bass line leaves space for […]

Musicians With Tattoos Dedicated To Their Lovers

Travis Barker and Kourtney Kardashian  After making their relationship Instagram official on Valentine’s Day, Kardashian showed off her new nail art and the Blink-182 drummer’s new body art that of her name on his chest Friday (April 9). Luke Bryan and Caroline Boyer While visiting the American Idol set on Monday, Jason Aldean let fans know that Luke Bryan has “his wife’s initials tattooed on […]