Music Category

Musical artists that have been in the pop machine for two decades risk running out of things to say. But that doesn’t seem to be a problem for Beck. His new record Colors has so much going on that he could have titled it Technicolor. It leads off with the title track – a positive, light, playful and totally colourful blend of sparkles and synths and beats. He sings “All my colors, see the colors, make the colors, feel the colors. Tell me, do you feel alive?” This record marksRead More
This modern world is so fast-paced, we have become conditioned to expect instant gratification. If a website does not load in two seconds we move on. If a song does not grab our attention in the first few bars, we skip to the next. If the news doesn’t capture our attention, we flip the channel. Conversely, there is nothing fast about The National. They started releasing albums in 2001 and it’s been a slow build. They started to find their way to the charts almost nine years later with theRead More
We live in an age where people’s attention is the most valued currency. Amidst the constant noise of sound bites, video memes and text bites it’s not easy for any band to hold attention for long. So how does a band that has been off the radar for over four years manage to do it? For James Murphy, and his band LCD Soundsystem, it seems effortless. After a vocal retirement four years ago, LCD Soundsystem is back with a new album, an arena tour and plenty of buzz. When askedRead More
Image credit: Concepción Studios My relationship with Belle and Sebastian goes back to a rainy Edinburgh spring day in 1996. Out doing some record shopping, I followed a cobblestone backstreet to a bustling little shop whose display of local bands caught my eye. I was drawn to a monochrome picture of a young woman nursing a stuffed tiger in a bathtub. This was the cover for Tigermilk, their debut album. When I got back to my brother’s house and popped the CD into my CD Walkman, it was love atRead More
Bestselling author Deepak Chopra recently teamed up with Grammy winners Paul Avgerinos and Kabir Sehgal (also a bestselling author) to create an artistic project around immigration. HOME: Where Everyone is Welcome combines poetry and music in a heartfelt portrayal of the immigrant experience in America. Parvati Magazine’s music editor Rishi Deva spoke with the three artists about their collaboration. Parvati Magazine: Who came up with the idea to write a book of poetry about inspiring immigrants in America? Paul Avgerinos: Not only are the three of us immigrants or theRead More
When I thought about what to write about this month, I was brought back to the message Bob Dylan shared with his song Gotta Serve Somebody from his Grammy-winning 1979 album Slow Train Coming: You might be a rock ‘n’ roll addict prancing on the stage You might have drugs at your command, women in a cage You may be a business man or some high-degree thief They may call you doctor or they may call you chief But you’re gonna have to serve somebody, yes you are You’re gonnaRead More
One Direction’s Harry Styles steps it up and in front on his debut album. For those of you who don’t know One Direction, they are a huge international boy band whose success represents over $1 billion in the music industry. The reason for the huge success is that they have fans throughout Europe, Asia and America that cross multiple demographics and age – including the generation that actually buys records, concert tickets (lots of them) and merchandise such as perfumes, posters, tour books, t-shirts and anything that can be brandedRead More
Innovators of pop punk, Blondie, have come out with a new album Pollinator that just may be the 2017 equivalent of their 1978 classic album Parallel Lines. The leadoff single, Fun, certainly lives up to its name. It’s a witty, entertaining song reminiscent of tracks off the Parallel Lines record. While the production value is right in keeping with today’s great pop tracks, it’s still the sound that made Blondie so famous. Its pacing is urgent while laid back. The spaces in between the melodies breathe. It punches and kicksRead More
What does the bluegrass-country singer Alison Krauss have in common with the legendary producer Quincy Jones? They are two of the most decorated Grammy Award recipients to date. If you have been focused on pop, you might not realize that Alison has 27 Grammys and 42 nominations to her name, bridging pop, country and bluegrass, while Quincy has 28 Grammy Awards and 79 nominations, second only to the incredible classical conductor Georg Solti whose shelves boast 31 golden gramophones. Alison, however, is the most nominated and most awarded female singerRead More
Elbow is a British guitar band that explores emotional sensitivity through its music. Clearly influenced by Peter Gabriel, the progressive rock sounds and styles of Genesis and Kate Bush and the introspection of Radiohead, Elbow nonetheless steers clear of the progressive rock obligatory solos. Instead they embrace the orchestration and grandiose sounds that made prog rock so interesting. While Radiohead explores more of the underbelly, shadows and painful experiences of human existence, Elbow celebrates the human experience with sensitive depiction of memories, growing up, being in love, residing in loveRead More