NPR Music TINY DESK: Alfredo Rodríguez

Cuban pianist Alfredo Rodríguez gave our office audience a very quick lesson on why pianists from that island nation are so impressive: they treat the piano as the percussion instrument it is. Rodríguez immediately let fly with an intense flurry of notes that were as melodic as they were rhythmic. The mash up of European lyricism and […]

Exclusive: Watch David Messier Sing TV’s Praises in “Television Is Better Than Love” Video

Austin-based singer-songwriter and producer David Messier has released the music video for his latest single, “Television is Better Than Love,” premiering exclusively at Paste. Serving as the lead single from Messier’s sophomore album Time Bomb, the track is full of cheesy, TV-influenced puns juxtaposed with the harsh realities of modern dating (in a world where “Netflix and chill” […]

I-D: Interview with Xiuhtezcatl

xiuhtezcatl dropped the perfect soundtrack for indigenous peoples’ day The young activist/rapper discusses his debut album, ‘Break Free’ — and how he got Shailene Woodley to sing on it. Since he was six years old, Xiuhtezcatl Martinez has been an outspoken environmentalist. Born to an activist mother — she founded the conservation organization Earth Guardians in the 1990s — […]