Next Week in Music | June 17-23 • New Books

If you're like me — and heaven help you if you are — you're probably reading about music when you're not listening to it. Here are the latest titles to...

Mike Love | Reason For the Season

Christmas is always a family affair. Especially for Mike Love. Though this time, it might not be the family you expect. Or at least not the same branch. After...

Eiko Ishibashi | The Dream My Bones Dream

The title of Eiko Ishibashi’s The Dream My Bones Dream sounds like it belongs to a movie. Or perhaps an autobiography. That might not be coincidence. You'll find elements...

Ramones | Road to Ruin 40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition

In 1978, The Ramones wanted everything. Or at least more than they had. You can't blame them. Two years earlier, the Queens foursome had kickstarted the American and British...

Tenacious D | Post-Apocalypto

It's the end of the world as we know it. And Tenacious D feel fine. Too bad Jack Black and Kyle Gass also felt like putting most of their...

Back Stories | The Evolution of the Concert Ticket Rip-Off

Ticket scalping is back in the news this week, thanks to the Toronto Star's excellent report on Ticketmaster's latest round of skullduggery and scumbaggery. That reminded me of a...

Back Stories | My Review of XTC’s 1999 Masterpiece Apple Venus Vol. 1

Two decades ago this week, XTC’s eagerly awaited comeback album Apple Venus Vol. 1 was released. Here's a slightly edited what I had to say about it back then....

Dave Alvin | King of California 25th Anniversary Edition

WHO IS HE? The singer-songwriter and guitar-slinger with the woodsmoke voice who got his start with brother Phil in L.A. retro-rockers The Blasters, then went on to a storied...

Orville Peck | Pony

This is not your mom's Masked Singer. Unless your mom is way cooler than I think she is. For those who haven't been paying attention, newcomer Orville Peck has...
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Ron Davis’ SymphRONica | Whirlycurl: Exclusive Video Premiere!

Virtuoso pianist and musical mash-up artist Ron Davis is revving up the Whirlycurl — and we're taking you along for the ride exclusively on Tinnitist #MusicMondays! We're showcasing a new live...

Purple Mountains | Purple Mountains

WHO IS HE? Indie-rock singer-songwriter David Berman, the former Silver Jews leader who retreated from music in 2009, saying he wanted to a) "stop before (he) got bad," and...
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The Beatles’ Abbey Road 50th Anniversary Box Tops Today’s Album Announcements

Fifty years ago today, The Beatles shot the iconic cover of Abbey Road on the crosswalk outside the famed London recording studio. So there really could be no better...

The Beatles | The Beatles (White Album) 50th Anniversary Box: 27 Unreleased Gems

"It was great. It sold. It's the bloody Beatles’ White Album. Shut up!" So said Paul McCartney when someone suggested The Beatles’ self-titled magnum opus should have been a...

New Pornographers’ In the Morse Code of Brake Lights Tops Album Announcements

Every artist ends up writing about cars at some point. Even The New Pornographers. The Vancouver indie-pop supergroup just announced that their upcoming eighth album will be titled In...

Next Week in Music | March 25-31, 2019 • Birthdays & Anniversaries

I wouldn't want to live in the past. But I still like to visit every now and then. Here are the musical birthdays we'll be celebrating and the anniversaries...

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