The guitarist and songwriter, who recently released an album of material initially earmarked as potential new System of a Down music, shares his impressions of his trajectories as both a lyricist and a vocalist, his next batch of songs, and why professional wrestling is “the greatest sport of all.”
A classical work about the first atom bomb test? Musical portraits of Faust? The writings of 6th century Roman philosopher Boethius set to music? Our classical editors dug into some high-concept recordings in August.
Country singer-songwriter Blaze Foley gets the biopic treatment from director Ethan Hawke in Blaze, which arrives accompanied by a soundtrack featuring reinterpretations of Foley’s material by the film’s stars, including Ben Dickey, Alia Shawkat, and Charlie Sexton.
Editor Mark Deming traces the career of the late Queen of Soul, from her roots as a preacher’s daughter to her rough start with Columbia Records to her breakthrough with Atlantic and subsequent torrent of iconic songs.