The first time Stella Donnelly sang about her vibrator, her parents were in the crowd. “It was very classic,” she says, laughing. “A really funny moment of like, ‘Well, here I am!’” After years of singing in a corporate cover band, the 26-year-old Welsh-Australian singer has fully embraced her brazen, no-fucks-given songwriting attitude. “I’d gone for so long singing other people’s songs and pretending to be happy when I’m not,” Donnelly says. “I have no other way of being able to write now than to be real. Everything else just feels too contrived.” It’s a spring afternoon in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, and Donnelly is at her Airbnb waiting for sushi to be delivered. Sporting straight-across bangs and a magenta jumpsuit, she sits cross-legged on the couch and thinks about the night before, when she sang to a packed house at Rough Trade Records. She was surprised to find that the crowd knew the words to her … [Read more...] about Stella Donnelly Is as Fearless as She Is Funny
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Ajith Kumar will once again team up with Nerkonda Paarvai director H Vinoth and the film has been named Valimai. While the shoot of the film is all set to kick-start, a few reports have come up regarding the genre of the movie. Earlier, it was being said that the 'Thala' flick will be an action thriller. Now, a report that has come up in an online media reveals that the film will be on the lines of an edge-of-the-seat thriller. More importantly, it is also being said that the film will have a mystery element, which will only be unveiled towards the end. The hearsay has it that Ajith Kumar will be seen playing a cop in this film and the rumours that have come up have added to the excitement of the fans. Ajith had previously donned the cop's hat for Yennai Arindhaal, which was directed by Gautham Vasudev Menon. H Vinoth is a very good craftsman and with Valimai, the director is expected to give a flick, which will be on par with the top cop movies of Kollywood. However, we have to wait … [Read more...] about Ajith Kumar’s Valimai To Be A Thriller Sprinkled With Mystery Elements?
Unwrapping a new Mary Chapin Carpenter album is not unlike the experience of cracking the spine on a highly anticipated memoir. While the Grammy winner’s 14 albums have been less linear autobiography and more a resolute collection of sharply observed sketches, each has offered glimpses into the artist’s life, brimming with literary detail and ringing with universal truth. With the recently released The Things That We’re Made Of, the five-time Grammy winner broaches the subject of middle age, embracing change in its myriad forms. “Over the last few years, I moved to a new town and I ended a relationship. I started over,” Carpenter tells Rolling Stone Country. “It’s an enormous amount of change in my life and I think this is what these songs reflect. It’s just sort of a declaration: This is what it looks like from here.” One of the changes reflected on the new LP is the commission of producer Dave Cobb, whose career-making … [Read more...] about Mary Chapin Carpenter Makes Musical, Political and Personal Declarations
When Rolling Stone Country first encountered Maddie & Tae, they were a teenaged duo, so new to the spotlight that they hadn’t quite worked out the elegant dance of taking turns responding to interviewers’ questions. They’d only just released their clever, catchy inversion of a certain bro-country template, “Girl in a Country Song,”and were watching it begin to register at radio and ripple through the media — even the outlets that don’t typically give country music the time of day. Just over a year later, Maddie Marlow and Tae Dye are old pros, dispensing familiar hugs and holding court at an intimate tea-and-cookies gathering of press types in the loft of a rustic-chic event space in Nashville. They have a Number One hit under their belts, a second single making its climb up the charts and an album, Start Here (out today on Dot Records), that veers from topical sass, instead painting a picture of powerfully confessional, youthful, … [Read more...] about Maddie & Tae on ‘Start Here’ Album: ‘It’s Not Just Love, Boys and Rainbows’
So, How Was Your Decade is a series in which the decade’s most innovative musicians answer our questionnaire about the people, places and things that shaped their decade. We’ll be rolling these pieces out throughout December. Few artists can truly stake a claim to the James Brown Honorary “Hardest Working Person in Show Business” Title, but Questlove is certainly a contender. At the top of his docket, of course, remains the Roots, with whom he released four studio albums in the 2010s, plus three collaborative LPs with John Legend, Betty Wright, and Elvis Costello. And of course, the Roots did all that while serving as the house band on Late Night before making the jump with Jimmy Fallon to the big time when the comedian took over The Tonight Show in 2014. But that was just the tip of the Questlove iceberg. In 2013, he published two books – a memoir, Mo’ Meta Blues, and a book on Soul Train – and would write three more (including … [Read more...] about So, How Was Your Decade, Questlove?