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Annie Zaleski


Cleveland, OH, United States

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Recent articles by Annie:

Linda Ronstadt Tribute Reveals Her Depth and Artistry: Interview

An interview with Linda Ronstadt from November 2020. → Read More

35 Years Ago: Duran Duran Members Enlist All-Stars for Arcadia

Arcadia released 'So Red the Rose' in November 1985. → Read More

Ariana Grande finds her bliss with Positions

Although Positions’ orchestral flourishes add a fanciful vibe, the album's music overall is cohesive to the point of homogeneity. Ariana Grande and her team keep things almost too simple, with minimal trap beats and forgettable production. → Read More

When Warren Zevon and Members of R.E.M. Covered 'Raspberry Beret'

The Hindu Love Gods released a cover of Prince's Raspberry Beret in October 1990. → Read More

Flaming Lips' Wayne Coyne: We're the only band "used to playing in space bubbles"

The frontman spoke to Salon about writing the band's "intense" album "American Head" and COVID concerts → Read More

From the Beatles influence to personal strife, revisiting Tears for Fears' complex "Seeds of Love"

The English band expands its formidable legacy with a deluxe reissue of their most brilliant, intricate album → Read More

The enduring resonance of Kate Bush's "Running Up That Hill," 35 years later

Futuristic with a propulsive underbelly, evocative and spiritual, the song has been covered by a variety of artists → Read More

Taylor Swift writes her own version of history on folklore

folklore may or may not reflect a permanent musical shift for Swift. But it doesn’t necessarily need to be a grand step forward—that it’s a whimsical and intriguing album offering new insights into Swift’s work is completely enough. → Read More

An appreciation of Ringo Starr's dynamic and joyful musical gifts – despite the naysayers

The lowest-profile Beatles member turns 80, but his musical & humanitarian career continues as consistently as ever → Read More

"The original rage was intact": Bob Geldof on The Boomtown Rats' comeback, even during the pandemic

"It's the only thing that makes sense for us is to play through the confusion and chaos," Geldof told Salon → Read More

For disabled and other marginalized fans, online events aren’t a compromise—they’re a lifeline

The A.V. Club digs into how online events during the COVD-19 pandemic can push the industry toward more accessible entertainment. → Read More

How Airborne Toxic Event's album "Hollywood Park" became the "soundtrack" to Mikel Jollett's memoir

Jollett spoke to Salon about grieving for his father and how this led to writing his memoir and TATE's new album → Read More

The 1975 gets restless on the sprawling, unfocused Notes On A Conditional Form

Nobody would ever accuse The 1975 of cutting corners or resting on its laurels. The British band spent time in a whopping 15 different studios during the nearly two-year genesis of Notes On A Conditional Form. Unsurprisingly, as what happens with many creative projects, the album expanded to fit this lengthy gestation. All told, the full-length clocks in at 22 songs and 80 minutes. → Read More

"Beastie Boys Story" film pays bittersweet tribute to the trio's iconic career and friendship

The absence of Adam Yauch renders lively storytelling by Adam Horowitz and Mike Diamond all the more poignant → Read More

11 Lesser-Known Songs That Showed Adam Schlesinger Was A Power-Pop Master

If Adam Schlesinger had only been in Fountains Of Wayne -- even if he'd only penned the title song from Tom Hanks' directorial debut That Thing You Do! -- his → Read More

Squeeze is no nostalgia act – the UK band is thriving four decades later with its flawless songcraft

The British rock band has an eclectic discography that defies simple labels and apparently, time → Read More

From "Batman" to Coachella, Danny Elfman reflects on 35 years of TV and film scoring

"Me getting into film music was a case of a fan getting pulled into the sport," the composer tells Salon → Read More

Changes finds Justin Bieber on the bumpy road to maturity

Overall, Changes sounds like the kind of inoffensive music you’d hear while trying on clothes in a store dressing room lit by harsh fluorescent lighting. → Read More

Kesha strikes a self-assured pop balance on High Road

Kesha’s continued willingness to redefine pop on her own terms mitigates High Road’s occasionally jarring sonic segues. → Read More

Kesha strikes a self-assured pop balance on High Road

Kesha’s continued willingness to redefine pop on her own terms mitigates High Road’s occasionally jarring sonic segues. → Read More