Dance Music

Armando Perez, of Esso Afrojam Funkbeat: Something Else! Interview

Armando Perez, of Esso Afrojam Funkbeat: Something Else! Interview

Armando Perez discusses the new project by the Chicago-based funk band Esso Afrojam Funkbeat, and how the issues facing immigrants shape their work.

LCD Soundsystem, Aug. 5, 2016: Shows I’ll Never Forget

LCD Soundsystem, Aug. 5, 2016: Shows I’ll Never Forget

Fortunately for the music world, LCD Soundsystem are back. Let’s hope they remain – on record, and in lights.

Brand New Heavies’ self-titled debut defined a now-lost acid-jazz cool

Brand New Heavies’ self-titled debut defined a now-lost acid-jazz cool

As brilliant as N’Dea Davenport is, I’m drawn more these days to feel-good instrumentals on the Brand New Heavies’ self-titled album from 25 years ago.

Hall and Oates’ Big Bam Boom was sparked by moment of experimentation: ‘I was just fooling around with it’

Hall and Oates’ Big Bam Boom was sparked by moment of experimentation: ‘I was just fooling around with it’

John Oates accidentally found a new sound that helped shape the lead single from Hall and Oates’ ‘Big Bam Boom,’ released on October 12, 1984.

Novalima's new album, Planetario, is out now.

Novalima – Planetario (2015)

‘Planetario’ may be Novalima’s most accessible release to date, but the Afro-Peruvian electronica group still packs quite a wallop.

Todd Rundgren, “Rise” from Global (2015): One Track Mind

Todd Rundgren, “Rise” from Global (2015): One Track Mind

The sweeping, deeply inspiring “Rise” keeps the synths, even as Todd Rundgren begins looking outward rather than inward.

Chic featuring Nile Rodgers, “I’ll Be There” (2015): One Track Mind

Chic featuring Nile Rodgers, “I’ll Be There” (2015): One Track Mind

When others are building newfound fame around your essential disco vibe, it’s time for a return in full. And that’s just what Chic has done.

Beastie Boys’ ‘Some Old Bullsh*t’ found them at a crossroads

Beastie Boys’ ‘Some Old Bullsh*t’ found them at a crossroads

Twenty years ago, we got a more complete look at the punk-thrash beginnings of the Beastie Boys — and a hint as to what would come next.

The Big Sexy, “Better Soon” from Batsu (2014): One Track Mind

The Big Sexy, “Better Soon” from Batsu (2014): One Track Mind

When I heard the Big Sexy’s theme song of comedian J-L Cauvin, I was intrigued. Figuring out who actually performed it was another matter.

Stevie Wonder, December 20, 2014: Shows I’ll Never Forget

Stevie Wonder, December 20, 2014: Shows I’ll Never Forget

Stevie Wonder’s 2014 stop at Los Angeles was more than just a concert. It was a reminder of his gifts, his passion and his humanity.