One Year Later: Looking Back on Five Albums from Lockdown
Tame Impala’s The Slow Rush brought Kevin Parker’s psychedelic flavors all the way into the ‘80s alongside Hours and Nostalgia. Now a year into lockdown, plenty of you have likely made pandemic playlists full of music you forged a relationship with. The Slow Rush was likely never meant to re-contextualize itself in a pandemic landscape. Those upward career trajectories halted when COVID forced the band offstage and The Slow Rush into new meaning. One reading of the album’s liner notes alone might point to Nostalgia being the most notable entry in pop album literature since Katy Perry’s Teenage Dream.houstonpress.com
Pick me up off the floor, Norah Jones asks on her new album
In this June 8, 2020 photo, singer-songwriter Norah Jones poses for a portrait in Hudson, N.Y., to promote her latest album "Pick Me Up Off the Floor." (Photo by Victoria Will/Invision/AP)NEW YORK The title of Norah Jones new album, Pick Me Up Off the Floor, has two chief meanings. Its the extremely literal one: the songs were sad, and Jones needed a hand getting up. Getting the sad songs out of her system was healing, she explained. It feels really good to write songs when youre feeling things deeply because you have somewhere to put all that energy.
New this week: Spike Lee flick, 'Artemis Fowl,' Norah Jones
This image released by Netflix shows, from left, Isiah Whitlock Jr., Norm Lewis, Clarke Peters, Delroy Lindo and Jonathan Majors in a scene from the Spike Lee film "Da 5 Bloods." (David Lee/Netflix via AP)Heres a collection curated by The Associated Press entertainment journalists of whats arriving on TV, streaming services and music platforms this week. MOVIESDa 5 Bloods: Its always the right time for a Spike Lee joint and thankfully Netflix has his latest ready to debut Friday. AP Music Editor Mesfin FekaduTELEVISIONGabrielle Union, engaged in a battle with NBC over her firing from Americas Got Talent, is firmly in control on L.A.s Finest, the drama she produces and stars in with Jessica Alba. Also back are closeted man of the cloth Leonard (Al Weaver) and Tessa-Peake Jones as an indispensable if stern housekeeper.
Streaming Concert Watch 5/20: Haim and More
Welcome to the Houston Press' streaming concert watch. As always, if you're a Texas musician planning on live streaming a concert between May 27 and June 2, I hope you reach out to me on Facebook or Twitter with details. Haim7 p.m. CST May 20Perhaps best known for their retro sound, Haim boasts an aptitude for quite a few other genres as well. Fans eagerly anticipating the bands third studio album can watch them perform via live stream tonight. Norah Jones3 p.m. CST May 21Norah Jones became a household name in 2002 with the release of Come Away With Me.houstonpress.com
Streaming Concert Watch 5/6: Midland and More
It has been nearly two months since I attended a concert. Post Malone's performance at the Toyota Center in March was my last, and I've lost track of how many I've missed during this pandemic. Norah Jones3 p.m CST - May 7Norah Jones became a household name in 2002 with the release of Come Away With Me. Wade Bowen8 p.m. CST - May 8A frequent collaborator of Randy Rogers, Wade Bowens solo work is both fantastic and underappreciated. In 2014 and 2017, the California native performed alongside the Houston Symphony Orchestra with the express goal of introducing younger fans to classical music.houstonpress.com