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  • The Voices Of Black Women Were Essential To Phil Spector’s Wall Of Sound

    Enlarge this image Darlene Love in 1964. Love was the uncredited singer on a handful of the biggest hits produced by Phil Spector during the era when he was making his "Wall of Sound" production technique famous. ABC Photo Archives/Walt Disney Television via Getty ABC Photo Archives/Walt Disney Television via Getty Phil Spector, who died on Saturday at the age of 81, has long been hailed as one of pop music's most influential producers, the man who created the wall of sound and gave us songs like "He's a Rebel," "Da Doo Ron Ron" and "Be My Baby." As an African American woman who loves listening to these rock and roll classics, I usually find myself focusing on the voices of the African American women who collaborated with Spector on these and other iconic recordings and thinking ...

  • John Legend, Garth Brooks, Katy Perry, Justin Timberlake And More To Perform

    Enlarge this image Lady Gaga will perform the national anthem for the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris on Jan. 20. Neilson Barnard/Getty Images Neilson Barnard/Getty Images President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Harris will make history during today's inauguration; Biden will become the oldest President in American history, while Harris will be the first Black woman and the first Asian-American to hold the office. Musicians from all genres plan to greet the Biden/Harris administration with performances from Jennifer Lopez, Earth, Wind & Fire, John Legend and more. The complete list of performances is below. Inaugural Ceremonies, 12:00 p.m. ET Irish concert violinist Patricia Treacy will perform for Biden and his ...

  • Howard University’s Marching Band To Perform During Inauguration

    Howard University's Showtime Marching Band will be part of the inaugural activities. Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, a Howard graduate, often included drum lines in her campaign events. ARI SHAPIRO, HOST: When Vice President-elect Kamala Harris was on the campaign trail in 2019, she loved entering events with the energy of a drum line. (SOUNDBITE OF DRUM LINE DRUMMING) SHAPIRO: That was in South Carolina in June of 2019. And here she is with another in Las Vegas later that same year. (SOUNDBITE OF DRUM LINE DRUMMING) UNIDENTIFIED GROUP: (Chanting) Kamala. Kamala. Kamala. MARY LOUISE KELLY, HOST: Harris is a proud graduate of Howard University, home of the Showtime Marching Band. And tomorrow, shortly after Harris takes the oath of office, she'll be joined by the band's drum line to kick off the virtual inaugural parade called Parade Across America. SHAPIRO: Kelvin Washington is the band's director. And he says that after Harris was named to the Democratic ticket last August, the band began planning their ...

  • Punk And Harmony: Rising Rock Trio Palberta Finds A Sweet Spot

    Enlarge this image Palberta's album Palberta5000 is out Jan. 22. Chloe Carrasco/Courtesy of the artist Chloe Carrasco/Courtesy of the artist Just as soon as you think you have a frame of reference for Palberta's sound, it swerves into an entirely new direction. The group's idiosyncratic punk draws comparisons to Captain Beefheart and The Raincoats while taking notions from contemporary art-rock bands like Mothers and Palm. But ultimately, Palberta sounds like its three members — Ani Ivry-Block, Lily Konigsberg and Nina Ryser — and their years of working together to craft an utterly unique chemistry with one another. The group's forthcoming album, Palberta5000, out Jan. 22, leans on pop influences while maintaining its classic Palberta charm. Konigsberg says the music she grew up ...

  • What Is The Sound Of Grief?

    Enlarge this image Composer Osvaldo Golijov (second from right) and three of his colleagues on Falling Out of Time: vocalists Wu Tong, Nora Fischer and Biella da Costa. David O'Connor/Courtesy of the artists David O'Connor/Courtesy of the artists Osvaldo Golijov is a MacArthur "genius" composer who's written for Yo-Yo Ma, Kronos Quartet and soprano Dawn Upshaw. But in 2012, he was accused of plagiarism, and he disappeared from the scene. Only now, nearly a decade later, is Golijov reemerging — with a work that could not have a more timely subject: it's a meditation on grieving and loss. Osvaldo Golijov says his own thoughts about grief go back to his childhood in Argentina, when his Eastern European Jewish immigrant great-grandfather was mourning the imminent death of his son. ...

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