Adonis Releases New Song, "Bent el Hawa"

Adored Arabic pop-folk band Adonis released a new song Wednesday called, “Bent el Hawa.” The song is Adonis’s reinterpretation of “L’accordeoniste” by Edith Piaf, originally composed by...

 

Acoustic Bliss and Folk Revival: An Interview with Two Wooden Stones

Those who were lucky enough to catch Two Wooden Stones at their intimate Beirut gig last October can attest to their musical genius, and those who didn't, fret no more, they’re back. They’ll be...

 

An Artist for the Ages: Pop Philosoper and Cultural Nomad Thomas Azier

If you haven’t heard of Thomas Azier yet, I suggest you pause whatever you’re doing, get on YouTube, and check out Rukeli's Last Dance. Then thoroughly enjoy the next three minutes and 34 seconds ...

 

Artist Profile: Bass Breche and the Politics of Telling Stories

(Photo via Instagram.com) “A story can change a person’s life. Artists should be aware of that. Stories cross borders. They’re like acupuncture -- cultural acupuncture, with the story as...

 

Taking on These "Twisted Times," Pindoll Releases Debut Album

“We don’t make music, it makes us. That’s just the way it is,” explains guitarist Miran Gurunian. Perhaps what makes Pindoll’s new album, Twisted Times, so prodigious is the genuine autonomy...

 

The Absolute Worst Lebanese Music Videos Ever Made

I realize I probably come off as a hater of Arabic music, what with my recent post about The Six Most Utterly Bizarre Lebanese Song Lyrics, but I should clarify that I am actually a huge fan of Arabic...

 

Stolen Guitars, Kafta and UFOs: The Evolution of Lazzy Lung

For a band with a lead singer that spent most of his childhood believing that UFOs are God (ironically, he originally hails from a Canadian town with the most reported UFO sightings in the world), and...

 

The Six Most Utterly Bizarre Lebanese Song Lyrics

It’s official: there is something very weird going on in the Lebanese music industry. Fair enough, art is subjective, but these lyrics in particular... these lyrics are something else. And the...

 

Sandmoon Reveals ‘Walk’ Video

Yesterday, Lebanese folk-rock group Sandmoon released a music video for the song Walk, the second from their second album Home, which came out back in November 2013. The video is directed by...

 

MC El Rass: Finding a Voice for Tripoli through Hip Hop

The city of Tripoli is, to a certain extent, shrouded in media-fabricated illusion. Whenever it’s on the news, it’s often bad news: from the ongoing armed clashes between supporters and detractors...