Song lyrics are always subject to interpretation, but it was surprising (to me, anyway) to learn that Mitski’s stunning tune “Your Best American Girl” has been regarded by some reviewers, in her words, as a song she wrote “to stick it to ‘the white boy indie rock world’!”
Erin McKeown wrote the songs on her new EP “According to Us” long before “Hamilton” writer and star Lin-Manuel Miranda delivered his “love is love is love is love” sonnet-by-way-of-acceptance-speech at the Tony Awards this month. But the sentiment is the same.
Joan Holliday first invited me to do the “Best New Song of the Week” spot with her on WRSI-FM (93.9) in early 2012 — our inaugural Best New Song, in fact, was “Show Me the Place” from Leonard Cohen’s “Old Ideas.” We haven’t hit every single week since then, but we’ve done pretty well over the past four and a…
Inspired by John Oliver’s brilliantly constructed takedown of Donald Trump on “Last Week Tonight,” Connecticut musicians Dave Schneider and Tim Walsh called themselves Last Beat Tonight and wrote and recorded “Mr. Drumpf,” a new song mocking the probable Republican nominee for president.
Two things that tend not to sit well with me: band names that are puns, and funk-jazz-rock hybrids, which too often signal that the music is mostly just tedious jamming (or is that redundant?). Phonosynthesis, then, comes to the plate with two strikes already: the Hartford quartet is a funk-jazz-rock band with a punny name.
There’s something oddly comforting about the news today that Jack White will appear on the season finale of “The Muppets.” Who even knew “The Muppets” had season finales?