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R.I.P. Jazz Pianist Austin Peralta

May 16, 2013

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He was the son of Stacy Peralta, the world’s most famous skateboarder not named Tony. Barely out of high school, big pop stars such as Erykah Badu and Frank Ocean actively pursued musical collaborations with him. But please don’t discredit him as some celebrity’s kid: Austin Peralta just may have been the best living jazz […]

Robyn and Jessie: There are Rock Stars, and There Are Pop Singers

May 15, 2013

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Summer 2012. I begin hearing buzz about a young, British R&B singer whose songs draw comparisons to those of the late, great Aaliyah. Naturally, I consult YouTube for confirmation. After a pair of highly-stylized-yet-vapid music videos, I’m over it. The songs are fine; I just don’t believe her. This Jessie Ware is not for me. […]