Music

Yuletide Weirdness With Your Host, Bob Dylan

Nov 20, 2009
Is yet another Christmas album from a recording artist who just might be phoning it in really necessary? Bob Dylan apparently thought so. He's released his own holiday collection, "Christmas in the Heart," from which this odd little polka number -- and its even stranger accompanying video -- has sprung.

Yes We Can Can

Aug 30, 2008
New Orleans has figured into this election season as a reminder of the Bush administration's bungled, uncaring response to Katrina. Yet amid so much talk of hope and change, on this anniversary of disaster, many in New Orleans hope for a change of policy -- the kind of federal assistance that can make a dent in crises of housing, public safety, education, health care and levee protection. It makes sense for musicians to kick-start that conversation.
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Jazz Fest ’08: Homecoming on Muddy Ground

May 27, 2008
It's easy in New Orleans these days to read meaning and purpose into every lyric or song choice -- was Sheryl Crow commenting on the housing crisis by covering "Gimme Shelter," or was she just doing a Stones tune? Also, it's impossible to take in all the music and all the messages emanating from the Jazz Fest's 10 stages. Still, a good deal of what I did catch was timely, topical and worth remembering.

Iron Maiden Meets IEDs in ‘Heavy Metal in Baghdad’

Oct 2, 2007
Well, this particular motion picture decidedly won't be the feel-good family drama of the year -- and that's just one more excellent reason to go see "Heavy Metal in Baghdad," an inside glimpse into the Baghdad metalhead scene, when it (hopefully) comes to a theater near you. Meanwhile, check out the theatrical trailer here.

Iraqi-American Rap on the War

Mar 27, 2007
Iraqi-American rapper TIMZ responds to the war with this video, titled simply "Iraq." The first verse is meant to be from the perspective of an Iraqi, the second from an American. Both have the intensity that has made the genre such an effective avenue for political and social commentary.

Bush Drops the Ball

Feb 28, 2007
This isn't the most engrossing clip we've ever put up, but if you can sit through a few minutes of the Miami Heat rubbing elbows with Bush, there's a moment at the end that speaks volumes about our president.

Dixie Chicks Enjoy Grammy Revenge

Feb 12, 2007
The Dixie Chicks, who became country music pariahs after the band's lead singer criticized President Bush in 2003, swept the Grammys on Sunday, winning every award the band was nominated for -- five in all -- plus a standing ovation.

Madonna ‘Crucified’ in Italy, Angering Vatican

Aug 7, 2006
The pop queen staged a mock crucifixion in a stadium a mile away from Vatican City, ignoring accusations of blasphemy by the Catholic Church, and even inviting Pope Benedict to come and watch. Of course, Madonna has been fending off Vatican blasphemy accusations since 1989 -- in the pre-"covering up for child molestors" era, when many people still felt the Catholic Church held the moral high ground.

Pink’s Plea to Bush

Apr 23, 2006
The pop star Pink stretches a bit from her standard fare with this protest song about Bush--which includes the lyrics, "How can you say no child left behind? We're not dumb and we're not blind What kind of father would take his own daughter's rights away? What kind of father might hate his own daughter if she were gay?".