Arsenio Orteza

Arsenio is a music reviewer for WORLD Magazine and one of its original contributors from 1986. Arsenio resides in China. Follow him on Twitter @ArsenioOrteza.

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Making it up

Music | The Boss fails to convince in his Western Stars personae
by Arsenio Orteza
Posted 7/09/19, 10:16 am

“Standing before you,” said Bruce Springsteen during his 2018 show Springsteen on Broadway, “is a man who has become wildly and absurdly successful writing about something of which he has had absolutely no personal experience. I made it all up.”

The Boss was referring to his penchant for writing songs from a blue-collar point of view despite his never having worked a day job, a penchant that he referred to as his “magic trick.” And he played the confession for laughs.  

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Notable new releases

Music
by Arsenio Orteza
Posted 7/04/19, 03:35 pm

When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?

Billie Eilish

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Bolden and beyond

Music | Albums by Wynton and Branford Marsalis evocatively trace the evolution of jazz
by Arsenio Orteza
Posted 6/20/19, 10:37 am

Although they were conceived with entirely different goals, the latest albums by Wynton Marsalis and the quartet led by his younger brother Branford illuminate two parts of the same quintessentially American narrative: jazz’s disreputable birth in the sweltering fleshpots of late-19th-century New Orleans and its maturation into a high art form befitting the toniest venues of the present. 

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