The Cars: You Might Think

Ric Ocasek, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and frontman for iconic New Wave band The Cars, has passed away. The pioneering act—which also included Benjamin Orr, Elliot Easton, Greg Hawkes and David Robinson—was founded in Boston circa 1976. They garnered commercial attention and critical praise over the next decade, satisfying a range of listeners with their complex, polished pop tunes. Ocasek also had a …

Farewell to Pioneering Filmmaker, Agnès Varda

Boundary-breaking French filmmaker Agnès Varda has passed away. Radical, feminist, experimental and spirited, her films explored taboo subjects and while they weren’t commercially successful, they remain powerfully influential and rich with wisdom. One of her earlier films, Cléo de 5 à 7 (1962) explores existentialism, narcissism and pain through a decidedly feminine lens—Peter Bradshaw writes, the film “is news that stays news.” He continues, “Her …

Talk Talk: Eden

Founder of the influential band Talk Talk, Mark Hollis has passed away at 64 years old. Widely credited with inventing post-rock—specifically through 1988’s Spirit Of Eden and 1991’s Laughing Stock—Talk Talk is best known for their 1984 new wave, synthpop masterpiece “It’s My Life,” but their endeavors with the aforementioned records propelled a genre. Hollis, who was born in Tottenham, wrote the majority of the …