Blogging at the intersection of urban studies and popular music

Monthly archive March, 2014
music for being: notes from an adult rock band party

music for being: notes from an adult rock band party

In urbanists’ excitement over music scenes and the desirability of “social and interactive street-level culture” (to invoke Richard Florida), it’s easy to lose sight of whether there’s any value to all of this besides promoting careers and urban economies.  Does “enriching creative communities” actually involve extending the practice of creativity into people’s everyday lives?  Or...
artistic/career reinventions: a research question

artistic/career reinventions: a research question

For a future post, I’m crowdsourcing a topic: performers, bands, or other musical units whose work received a significant artistic or commercial boost by reinventing themselves.  What examples come to mind for you? Sure, lots of musicians adopt new approaches with virtually each album.  Others have pursued new styles or found greater success through a...