Articles by David Hopper

Our Guide to SXSW Music Docs on Prime Video

April 9, 2020 by

Like every other event in the world, South by Southwest (SXSW), the annual culture conference and festival in Austin, Texas, was canceled in early March due to the coronavirus pandemic. I was going to cover the film festival portion of SXSW for 360°Sound and was really looking forward to reviewing the music documentaries making their […]

BÊNNÍ releases a new single

April 7, 2020 by

BREAKING NEWS: New Single Release! BÊNNÍ, the retro electronic artist who spoke with 360°Sound last month, has just released a new single on the Stockholm, Sweden label Savage Records. The A-side is “Diamond Man” and the B-side is “Heavy Metals.” “Everyone seems to like ‘Diamond Man,’” BÊNNÍ said of the new track, which he has […]

BÊNNÍ Talks with his Mouth: A 360°Sound Exclusive

March 18, 2020 by

360°Sound caught up with New Orleans-based electronic artist BÊNNÍ (pronounced like “Benny”). The 34-year-old, who plays vintage keyboards and synthesizers, describes his work as  80s synth-funk soundtrack music — think John Carpenter meets Zapp & Roger. For nearly two decades, BÊNNÍ (aka Benny Divine) has been playing drums, keys, guitar, and more in numerous bands, […]

New Order Decades: A Documentary Film

January 31, 2020 by

New Order: Decades is a fascinating look at the legendary new wave group that rose from the ashes of seminal post-punk band Joy Division following the suicide of singer Ian Curtis in 1980. Currently airing on Showtime, Decades is part retrospective music documentary, part concert film. “This is a film about the past, the present, […]

Duran Duran: There’s Something You Should Know

January 27, 2020 by

80s music lovers rejoice! Showtime has released new documentaries on two of the greatest bands of the decade — Duran Duran and New Order. While heavily associated with the 80s, these synth-heavy new wave acts from Britain carried on through the 90s and into the new millennium. Both bands continue to produce new material and […]

Top 30 Albums of 2019

January 10, 2020 by

I listened to a lot of new music in 2019 so I thought that, for the first time in my life I would (drum roll please) – rank my top 30 albums of the year! Yes, 2019 proved to be a very strong year indeed for music, arguably the best of the decade. There were […]

5 Killer Rock Albums of 2019

December 29, 2019 by

As 2019 draws to a close, it’s time to recap the best rock records of the year. Contrary to what Gene Simmons says, rock is far from dead. Hip-hop, pop and other genres may dominate the airwaves and the streams and the press coverage, but there were an abundance of great rock records released this […]