Sarah Jarosz has been playing music for as long as she can remember. Adept at mandolin by the time she was 10, Jarosz got hooked on songwriting in her early teens. Now 22, she has put out three albums. And like many songwriters, she draws most of her lyrics from personal experience, which, she admits, can make them difficult to share. Read More

 

The trick with synth-pop is to make it in such a way that it reminds people that there are actual, breathing people behind all the shimmer and glow.

Kye Kye achieves this in two ways: First, by virtue of their production values, which are meticulous, but not so perfectionist that you lose a scrappy human element to the proceedings.

Secondly, with achingly heartfelt lyrics, which could come from no place except the bottom of an honest-to-goodness heart.  Read More

 
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Whether or not you've heard his name, you're undoubtedly familiar with the work of ubiquitous fashion photographer Terry Richardson. His frequently hyper-sexual, disturbingly pubescent photographs have been featured on the cover of almost every major fashion magazine of note, from GQ to Rolling Stone to Vogue—and he's also the man behind music videos like Miley's "Wrecking Ball" and Lady Gaga's "Do What You Want." Indeed, getting your picture taken by Richardson has become almost a rite of passage for American celebrities. And it's all happened despite his long history of very serious allegations from models about his inappropriate behavior, which include everything from forcing his subjects into sexual poses to lewd acts on set.

Over the weekend, another allegation surfaced from model Emma Appleton, who tweeted a screenshot from her phone of an alleged message from Richardson, offering to trade her a spread in Vogue for sex. Richardson has flat-out denied that he sent the message (his denials have not always been so explicit) and Appleton later tweeted that she was “beginning to wish I hadn't posted that… it doesn't matter who you are or what the industry is, just be a decent human being.” She then deleted her account, so the veracity of the message remains in question. Nevertheless, Vogue has announced that it won't be working with Richardson anymore ... Discuss

 

This week our good friend John Mark McMillan performs 2 songs live from the RELEVANT Studio, we get a global perspective on Easter from Pastor Oscar Muriu of the Nairobi Chapel in Kenya, we recap the week's news and entertainment, read your feedback and so much more ... Read More

 

Because it’s Friday and you’re probably actively looking for a completely pointless way to waste the next five minutes, here’s a “Drum Fill Friday” music quiz from NPR. This time, they commissioned musician S. Carey, the former drummer for Bon Iver (Bon Iver songs have drums?), to select five classic fills with a multiple choice quiz to test your percussion knowledge ... Discuss