songwriting

A Salute to ‘We Don’t Need Another Hero (Thunderdome),’ Tina Turner’s Forgotten ‘Mad Max’ Anthem

In the midst of her well-deserved 1980s comeback, the iconic singer decided to play the villain in ‘Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome.’ The soundtrack smash that accompanied the film may be a bit cheesy, but it’s had a surprising afterlife in the worlds of high art and indie-rock.

Craig Finn Looks Back at a Year in Lockdown

The Hold Steady frontman reflects on staying sane during COVID, deciding not to be a father and why his band’s new album is the rock ‘n’ roll we need right now

How a Snowstorm and Rick James Conspired to Create Eddie Murphy’s Unlikely Radio Smash ‘Party All the Time’

In the 1980s, Eddie Murphy could do anything. And so, he decided to become a pop star.

The Civil Rights Anthem ‘Strange Fruit’ Is Never Easy to Hear

With the release of ‘The United States vs. Billie Holiday,’ it’s time to remember that one of America’s greatest protest songs is also one of its most painful. It’s as ugly and discomforting as the racist violence it depicts.