On September 9, 2014 U2’s thirteenth record exploded as a viral topic. The buzz was not for its music, but the LP’s surprising format: the band and Apple had the audacity to drop Songs of Innocence onto millions of iPhones and iTunes libraries overnight.
Cover albums are often anti-climatic. Ten-ish artists are randomly thrown onto a record honoring a classic achievement or artist. Usually only one or two songs are worth the cost or time. One cover album that defies this norm is AHK-toong BAY-bi.
September 6 was a strong day for new music. Three singles from big name artists who are at different stages of their careers provided a small sample of a promising crop of albums. Indie goddess St. Vincent, the prolific Beck, and Irish rock staple U2 all released singles ahead of new records that are due... Continue Reading →