The Hold Steady Top This Morning’s New Album Announcements

Looks like it's going to be another big day for new-album announcements. Within an hour this morning, I already had a slew of them to compile — topped by...

Back Stories | My Album Reviews From June 18, 1999

Two decades ago, new albums from Chemical Brothers, Rick Springfield and others were spinning away in my portable CD player. Here’s what I had to say about them back...

Next Week in Music | June 17-23 • 150 New Releases Headed Your Way

It's another one of those odd weeks in the new-music game. While there are more than 150 albums, EPs and singles dropping between now and next Friday, only a...

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...
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Next Week in Music | June 17-23 • Music on TV

I know you like to watch. So here's a list of the musicians who will be singing for their supper next week on the boob tube. Of course, everything...

The Jackets | Queen of The Pill

WHO ARE THEY? A ferocious garage-punk power trio hailing from Bern, Switzerland (of all places), The Jackets are fronted by mascara-loving female singer-guitarist Jack Torera — and deservedly endorsed...

Mattiel | Satis Factory

WHO IS SHE? Mattiel Brown, a Georgia-born indie singer-songwriter who toiled until recently as art designer for the mass-marketing email company Mailchimp. WHAT IS THIS? Her sophomore collection of songs...

Kate Tempest | The Book of Traps and Lessons

WHO IS SHE? The 33-year-old London poet, playwright, novelist and spoken-word performer who has also carved out an unlikely career as an acclaimed and respected musical artist in her...

The Minus 5 | Stroke Manor

WHO ARE THEY? The loose alt-rock collective centered around singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Scott McCaughey, a Pacific Northwest cult hero and eccentric popster whose resume includes bands like Young Fresh...

Mitch Ryder | Detroit Breakout!

WHO IS HE? The original Motor City Madman and frontman of the Detroit Wheels whose rock ’n’ roll resume includes bar-band standards and soul-powered classics like Devil With the...

Peter Frampton Band | All Blues

WHO IS HE? The former Humble Pie guitarist, talk-box aficionado and mega-selling ’70s arena-pop heartthrob who spent decades slowly rebuilding his musical credibility — only to be diagnosed recently...

Chris Shiflett | Hard Lessons

WHO IS HE? The longtime Foo Fighters guitar slinger, former member of punk rock upstarts No Use For a Name and Me First and The Gimme Gimmes, and sometime...

ZZ Top | Goin’ 50

WHO ARE THEY? That Little Ol' Band From Texas — aka The World's Biggest Band From Texas — and power trio whose membership has remained unchanged for half a...

Chris Robinson Brotherhood | Servants of the Sun

WHO ARE THEY? The psychedelic California hippie-rock jammers led by the former (and possibly future) Black Crowes frontman and former (but unlikely to be future) husband of Kate Hudson. WHAT...

Roger Daltrey | The Who’s Tommy Orchestral

WHO IS HE? Who indeed. The leather-lunged frontman of British rock legends The Who, Roger Daltrey can still huff and puff and blow the house down at age 75. WHAT...

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