Tag: music

A Raised Voice

How Nina Simone turned the movement into music…   My skin is black,” the first woman’s story begins, “my arms are long.” And, to a slow and steady beat, “my hair is woolly, my back is strong.” Singing in a…

First Listen: Phish, ‘Fuego’

See you at Merriweather…   Whether you know its work or just its reputation, you’ve probably already made up your mind about Phish. Maybe you love the band and its music, maybe you can’t stand them, or maybe you liked them…

That Chop on the Upbeat

Searching for the origins of reggae…   Become fixated on Jamaican popular music and stay that way long enough, and sooner or later you’ll run into the legend of Franklin Delano Alexander Braithwaite, aka Junior Braithwaite, aka Bratty (1949–99). In…

Why Did Humans Invent Music?

Why did humans invent music? Until the hot tub time machine becomes a reality, the answer to that question will remain as mysterious as the true identity of the ’60s garage band ? and the Mysterians. Nonetheless, academic minds are…