On today's show:
The Beatles' "White Album," 50 years on
New York Times pop music critic Jon Pareles says it took a remarkable effort for The Beatles to sound so casual on what's come to be known as "The White Album." That’s one lesson of the hugely expanded 50th anniversary reissue that includes six CDs — two with remixes of the original LPs, and four with mostly unreleased recordings. John Horn gets the details from Pareles.
Yep, they go by "They"
Singer Drew Love had just moved to L.A. from Maryland when he met Grammy-winning producer Dante Jones. The two clicked immediately, and within six months had formed the hip-hop duo knwon as They. Their distinct sound, which blends R&B with grunge-rock influences, eventually caught the attention of people at L.A.’s Mind of Genius label. The duo was soon collaborating with various prominent artists, prompting the launch of their three-track EP, “Nu Religion.” Love and Jones don’t shy away from heavy topics and are know to speak openly about racial injustice and mental health. The Frame’s John Horn spoke to them recently about how their sound and careers have developed over the years.
This isn't your abuelo's flamenco
The Spanish singer Rosalía is an artist you’ll be hearing a lot about. In the past year, her career has skyrocketed – she’s recorded with Pharrell Williams, she's appearing in Pedro Almodóvar’s next film, and she has five nominations at the upcoming Latin Grammy Awards. On the eve of her new album release, The Frame contributor Betto Arcos spoke with Rosalía in Madrid and has this profile.