Category Archives: Music

Bob Dylan’s Nobel Literature Prize and Context

I’ve been reading a lot of articles about how Dylan’s Nobel win is a travesty, a slight to great literature. At best, some see it as a missed opportunity for a lesser-known writer whose career could have been made by the win.   As much as I feel for Ngugi Wa’Thiongo (or my personal favorite Salman Rushdie), I must disagree. I could write a whole article regarding the idea of the Nobel Prize and quantifying literature; I could write another article about our human desire... Read More

Let the Kawaii Metalocalypse Begin – Babymetal’s Getting Animated

Back in 2010, as the legend goes, the Japanese fox god Kitsune brought together three young idols through divine messages, and the world of heavy metal music hasn’t been the same since. At least, that’s how Kei “Kobametal” Kobayashi, executive producer of the J-pop idol/heavy metal fusion band Babymetal describes it. Since the debut of the band’s self-titled album in 2014, Su-metal (Suzuka Nakamoto), Yuimetal (Yui Mizuno), and Moametal (Moa Kikuchi) have been... Read More

Disturbed Rocked the PNC Bank Arts Center This Summer

After the rain ruined my first attempt at finally seeing Disturbed live at the MMRBQ Music Festival back in May, I was pumped to finally “get down with the sickness” at the PNC Bank Arts Center during their summer tour. The band co-headlined the nationwide rock showcase with Breaking Benjamin and supporting acts Saint Asonia and Altar Bridge. While the other three bands definitely contributed to a kick-ass night (and have much more of my attention), it was the headliner that... Read More

James Felice of the Felice Brothers Talks Life in the Dark

I am very pleased to be joined by James Felice of the Felice Brothers. They are one of my absolute favorite bands. Their new album, Life in the Dark, comes out today, June 24th. James, welcome to the program. James: Thanks for having me. For those who may not be familiar with you music, can you start off my introducing yourself and the group? James: Sure, yeah. I am James Felice of the Felice brothers, and the band is myself, my older brother Ian, and three of our really close friends, and... Read More

Gaiman’s NEVERWHERE is Back on BBC Radio 4!

Ladies and gentlemen, you absolutely cannot miss this, BBC’s radio production of Neil Gaiman’s novel Neverwhere. If you were unaware of its brilliance, take advantage now!  The BBC produced an amazing piece of audio art, and you really, really, really need to go and take a listen to it.   Not convinced?  Gaiman’s fantasy novel Neverwhere is set in London, and then in something called London Below – where lost people fall, where pieces of time seem to not move forward,... Read More

Farewell, Goblin King, Adieu, Ziggy Stardust, Goodbye, David Bowie

When I was thirteen years old I watched Jim Henson’s Labyrinth for the very first time, and it changed my life forever. Labyrinth was like nothing I’d ever seen before in my relatively short time on this spinning blue gem we’re all passengers of; it had a sense of wholeness that made its grandeur all the more engrossing and fantastic. I’d never imagined such masterful puppetry was possible to the point where it felt real, but that wasn’t the most amazing thing... Read More

Album Preview: David Bowie’s Blackstar

  David Bowie’s album Blackstar comes out January 8th from Columbia records. He is re-teaming up with longtime producer Tony Visconti (Low, Heroes) as well as new collaborators, including jazz saxophonist Donny McCaslin and James Murphy (LCD Soundsystem) on drums. While Bowie is declining interview requests and has not performed publicly since 2006, it seems that he is sitting back and letting his recent output speak for itself. The past few years are showing a late career revival and... Read More

The Top 10 Albums of 2015

When we look back at years past, one thing that always defines the quality of any particular three-hundred-and-sixty-five days entertainment-wise is its music. Songs are more than just the soundtrack to a catchy television commercial, show, or film; they’re what help shape our outlook on life, whether internal or external. With that in mind, nerdslant’s very own music expert resident Will Coleman has compiled his list of the Top 10 Albums of 2015, examining the year that was in... Read More