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Wondering Sound

Wondering Sound

Wondering Sound is an online music publication focused on long-form storytelling, spirited interviews and rousing criticism.

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Sam Cooke: Soul and Inspiration

Retrospective by Lenny Kaye, Wondering Sound, 31 August 2010

Possessed of a purity of voice and an unerring sense of pop metaphysics, the incomparable Sam Cooke was a singer of soul and inspiration who ...

Frank Sinatra: The First Definitive Performances

Review by Lenny Kaye, Wondering Sound, 22 April 2011

MEET Young Frank, before the N. Stein that is his iconic cross to bear. Sometimes the Rat Pack genuflect and sharkskin persona that characterizes mid-century-and-beyond ...

Coldplay: Mylo Xyloto

Review by Wayne Robins, Wondering Sound, 24 October 2011

LIKE ANY prosperous band with a global audience entering its second decade, Coldplay seems to want to venture away from its enchanted cottage, albeit not ...

The Chitlin' Circuit: Celebrating a Secret History of American Music

Book Review by John Morthland, Wondering Sound, 1 November 2011

FOR YEARS, the Chitlin' Circuit — the network of mostly-Southern, mostly-rural clubs where black artists performed from the 1930s into the '60s — has been ...

Chet Baker: The Heartbreaking Beauty Of Chet Baker

Retrospective by Lenny Kaye, Wondering Sound, 13 November 2012

IT'S AUTUMN IN NEW YORK, and as I always do at this time of year, I pull Chet Baker from the shelf.  ...

Doc Pomus: It's Great to Be Young and in Love

Review by John Morthland, Wondering Sound, 3 January 2013

YEAH, that Doc Pomus, the one who wrote such '50s and '60s rock 'n' roll standards as 'Save the Last Dance for Me' for the Drifters, 'Teenager ...

Elmore James: How Elmore James Invented Metal

Retrospective by John Morthland, Wondering Sound, 25 January 2013

ELMORE JAMES is often demeaned as a one-trick pony — or, in his case, a one lick pony. That would be the swooping, stinging slide ...

Katy Perry: Prism

Review by Lenny Kaye, Wondering Sound, 30 October 2013

TO MY EARS AND HEART, there is nothing more rousing than a well-crafted single, whatever its source. And whenever Katy Perry's Queen-of-the-Jungle anthem 'Roar' swings ...

Kate Bush: The Continuing Allure of Kate Bush

Comment by Gillian G. Gaar, Wondering Sound, 26 September 2014

IMMIGRATION AGENTS aren't known for their friendliness. But when my plane touched down at Heathrow Airport in early September, I felt I had a pretty ...

Barbara Lynn: How Barbara Lynn Changed The Blues Forever

Interview by John Morthland, Wondering Sound, 12 November 2014

BARBARA LYNN, who topped rhythm and blues charts in 1962 with 'You'll Lose a Good Thing', which also crossed over to the pop Top 10, ...

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