A Little Bit Country, a Little Bit Rock ā€˜Nā€™ Roll ā€“ 10 Music Acts Who Changed Genres

Monday, August 25, 2014 at 6:00 AM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music Maybe it’s an exaggeration to call Taylor Swift’s career a Kafka-esque Metamorphosis, but her evolution from country ingénue to bubblegum pop princess has been dramatic. (Some of the changes have been a might ugly— in aping Lily Allen’s misguided tongue-in-cheek twerking display, Swift demonstrates that two wrongs don’t make a right.) Other artists have struggled with genre hopping (lest we forget Brad Paisley’s head-slapping duet with LL Cool J, “Accidental Racist”). But here are 10 musicians... READ MORE

Going It Alone - 10 Essential Solo Albums

Monday, July 28, 2014 at 6:00 AM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music   The Smiths’ nimble guitarist, Johnny Marr, recently announced a new solo album, Playland, for release Oct. 7 on Warner Bros. His majestic work in and out of the confines of the marvelous mod group the Smiths is testament to the wide-ranging talents of many a musician. Sometimes an artist usually amid the ranks of his famous band might feel stifled by the requisite sound that outlet is best known for. So when he or she... READ MORE