Shy Girls: 4WZ Mixtape

Dan Vidmar’s R&B project Shy Girls has returned with a moody mixtape 4WZ (following his 2013 EP Timeshare), and it’s everything we’ve grown to expect from the Portland-based musician. Featuring guest spots from Junglepussy, Rome Fortune and Tei Shi—and a tiny cover of Stevie Wonder’s “Isn’t She Wonderful”—the mixtape is unashamedly melancholy, spacey and sleazy—all at once.

Bob Dylan’s Revealing Acceptance Speech

At an event for the Grammys’ MusiCares organization—a charity that benefits musicians in critical need of assistance—Bob Dylan delivered a riveting 35 minute acceptance speech after being named the 2015 Person of the Year. The 73-year-old chronicled his storied career as an artist and didn’t hold back as he called out his critics and other songwriters who gave in to commercial music. Read the full …

HarperCollins Takes Heat for “Watchman”

After announcing the upcoming release of Harper Lee’s second novel, “Go Set a Watchman,” publisher HarperCollins has taken some heat regarding the details of the book deal. Some speculators point out the health issues affecting Lee that have made her “increasingly blind and deaf,” and question how HarperCollins was able to convince the usually reclusive author to step out into the spotlight to publish her …