Throwaway | What?

WHO ARE THEY? Remember The Gong Show? Remember The Unknown Comic? The guy who told jokes with a paper bag over his head? This is sorta like that. Except...

Wild Billy Childish & CTMF | Last Punk Standing

WHO ARE THEY? The ridiculously prolific English singer-guitarist — who is also a painter, writer, poet, photographer, filmmaker, rabble-rouser, iconoclast and all-around shit-disturber when he isn't making music with...

Violent Femmes | Hotel Last Resort

WHO ARE THEY? The Milwaukee folk-punk oddballs who debuted more than 35 years ago with the immortal cuts Blister in the Sun and Gone Daddy Gone — and who...

Brian Eno | Apollo: Atmospheres And Soundtracks Extended Edition

WHO IS HE? The onetime Roxy Music keyboardist, longtime ambient soundscapist and visionary superstar producer of U2, Talking Heads, Devo and others — accompanied here by his multi-instrumentalist brother...

Mike Love | 12 Sides of Summer

WHO IS HE? The Beach Boys’ co-founding vocalist, longtime live frontman, frequently overlooked songwriting contributor and more outspoken yang to the introverted yin of cousin, collaborator and sometime competitor...

Replacements, Blink, Goo Goos & More Announce Upcoming Releases

It's another big day on the fall album calendar — assuming you care about new releases from pop-punk vets, singer-songwriter supergroups, Canadian country stars, classic rockers and pretty much...

Beyonce | The Lion King: The Gift

WHO IS SHE? The queen of all she surveys. And — more pointedly — the voice of leonine love interest Nala in this critically panned but commercially successful computer-animated...

Nas | The Lost Tapes 2

WHO IS HE? Nasir Jones, the Queensbridge rap legend who kicked off his recording career 25 years ago with the groundbreaking debut Illmatic — and went on to deliver...

Iggy Azalea | In My Defense

WHO IS SHE? Well, no wonder you've forgotten. It's been more than five years since provocative, swaggering Australian rapper Iggy Azalea released her debut The New Classic. Even in...
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Iggy Pop’s Free Tops This Morning’s New Album Announcements

Your bout of post-Pop depression is officially over. Three years after Iggy Pop announced he was going to retire from recording, he's returning to active duty with a new...

Chance the Rapper’s The Big Day Tops Today’s Album Announcements

When is a debut album not really a debut album? When it's Chance the Rapper’s disc The Big Day. Sure, the disc (pictured above) will be the Chicago artist's...

Back Stories | My 2016 Interview With David Crosby

With the David Crosby documentary Remember My Name opening this week, it seems like a good time to revisit my fall 2016 interview with the folk-rock legend. I had...

Back Stories | My Album Reviews From July 16, 1999

Two decades ago, new albums from Los Lobos, Lyle Lovett and others were spinning away in my portable CD player. Here’s what I had to say about them back...

Wilco’s Ode to Joy Tops This Morning’s New Album Announcements

We could all use a little more joy in our lives. And Wilco are happy to oblige. Jeff Tweedy and his bandmates have announced their next album Ode to...

Short Subjects | Four Recent EPs That Won’t Waste Your Time

There's a good reason that major-label music releases taper off in the summer: People have better things to do than sit and listen to a jillion albums. With that...

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