Shintaro Sakamoto: Birth of the Super Cult

Schoolhouse Rock!, Dolly at Glastonbury, a Bobby Womack tribute and more in this week's look at music

Shintaro Sakamoto further distances himself from his past life as the lead singer of the Japanese psychedelic rock trio Yura Yura Teikoku (which broke up after two decades) with his second solo album Let’s Dance Raw. The first single, “Birth of the Super Cult,” has a simple yet eerie video (featuring Sakamoto on pedal steel guitar, accompanied by a high-pitched ventriloquist dummy) to go along …

Schoolhouse Rock!: The Shot Heard ‘Round The World

Schoolhouse Rock!, Dolly at Glastonbury, a Bobby Womack tribute and more in this week's look at music

Airing 200 years after America signed the Declaration of Independence, on educational television program Schoolhouse Rock!, “The Shot Heard ‘Round The World” taught young ones—and likely a fair amount of adults—about how the United States gained its liberty from Great Britain in one catchy song, backed by a correlating cartoon. As Americans celebrate their independence on the 4th of July, it’s important for the entire …