ZZ Ward Has the Hip-Hop Blues

"You asked me how long I'd stay by your side," ZZ Ward sings. "So I answered with only just one reply / 'Til the casket drops / Till my dying day." The song is the title track from Til the Casket Drops, the debut album by the young Los Angeles-based blues singer. Before that, she released the Criminal EP last spring and a mixtape, Eleven Roses, last February.

Last Night: Fiona Apple Swears She's Not Crazy

[Updated] I never understood how painful making music might be for Fiona Apple. It makes sense that the 35-year-old singer who found quick fame in the mid-'90s with her song “Criminal” hasn’t released new material since 2005 or toured extensively since 2007. Her songs require brutal, emotional honesty in a studio and on a stage, as proven by her set last night at House of Blues.