Buffalo Rose covers Madonna, White Stripes on one-mic album

For Buffalo Rose, covering Madonna’s “Borderline” did not come without some internal discussion. The Pittsburgh string band does a loving take on the 1983 Madonna hit on “Borrowed & Blue: Live Around One Microphone” a new EP that found them recording, just like they practice, around one mic in the grand folk/bluegrass tradition. “It was…

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How Madonna Blurred the Lines Between Personal and Persona on ‘I’m Breathless’

Tied to her turn in Dick Tracy, the album offered a sneakily subversive spin on the Disney blockbuster, with songs like “Vogue,” “Hanky Panky,” and more Moviestore/Shutterstock Thirty years ago this month, Madonna released one of the most fascinating records in her catalogue, I’m Breathless. Attached to her role as the nightclub singer/femme fatale in Warren Beatty’s 1990 film Dick Tracy, I’m…

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30 Years Of Madonna’s ‘I’m Breathless’

CREDIT: Warner Music   Exactly 30 years ago, Madonna turned the music world upside down by releasing an album of show tunes called I’m Breathless. Doubling as one of three (!) soundtracks to Dick Tracy, the staggeringly ambitious collection is a mix of Stephen Sondheim originals and campy, pop pastiches courtesy of regular collaborators Patrick Leonard and Shep Pettibone. The emphasis is on vocals and…

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Why Madonna Brought 14 Cape Verdean Drummers on Tour – And What They Taught Her

Ricardo Gomes Madonna onstage with Batukadeiras Orquesta in Brooklyn in 2019. In 2017, Madonna thought she was moving to Portugal to “be a soccer mom,” but instead, the 61-year-old icon found inspiration for her then-upcoming album, Madame X, thanks to a friend she calls her “musical plug,” Dino d’Santiago. One night, the Cape Verde-born, Lisbon-based singer —…

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