Various Artists | Blinded By the Light Soundtrack

WHO ARE THEY? The cast of the new jukebox movie musical about a working-class Pakistani teen growing up in 1980s Britain — and falling in love with the songs...

Pete Yorn | Caretakers

WHO IS HE? The journeyman Brooklyn singer-songwriter and occasional duet partner of Scarlett Johansson. WHAT IS THIS? His seventh solo studio album, the followup to 2016's Arranging Time and reportedly...

Slipknot | We Are Not Your Kind

WHO ARE THEY? The long-running, Halloween-masked metal nonet from the mean streets of Des Moines — now featuring a mysterious new percussionist known only as Tortilla Man. WHAT IS THIS?...

Bon Iver | i,i

WHO ARE THEY? The pride of Eau Claire, Wis. — musically speaking, anyway. More specifically, they are eccentric singer-songwriter/studio rat Justin Vernon and the latest incarnation of his experimental...
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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...

Guided By Voices’ Sweating the Plague Tops Today’s Album Announcements

Yeah, I know: The announcement of a new Guided By Voices album isn't exactly stop-the-presses news. Especially when Sweating the Plague will be their third full-length of 2019. But...

Back Stories | My Album Reviews From Aug. 6, 1999

Two decades ago, new albums from Macy Gray, Kristin Hersh, Basement Jaxx and others were spinning away in my portable CD player. Here’s what I had to say about...

Elliott Smith Reissues Top Today’s Album Announcements

Today would have been Elliott Smith’s 50th birthday. It's hard to believe he's already been gone for 15 years. And of course, it's impossible to imagine everything the singer-songwriter...

Next Week in Music | Aug. 5-11 • 110 New (& Old) Releases Headed...

It's a long weekend, so I'm not going to take up a bunch of your time (and mine) with a lot of blah-de-blah about new music. The short story:...
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Next Week in Music | Aug. 5-11 • Music on TV

Something is going on in TV land this week — most of the major late-night talk shows say they'll have a "Special Guest TBA" on Thursday night. There's baseless...

Thobbe Englund | Hail to the Priest

WHO IS HE? Finnish guitar hero Thorbjörn (Thobbe) Englund, perhaps best known among metalheads as a member of Swedish power metal veterans Sabaton a few years back. WHAT IS THIS?...

The Giraffes | Flower of the Cosmos

WHO ARE THEY? A hard-hitting indie-rock foursome from Brooklyn who have been in the trenches for more than 20 years — which makes them not just one of the...

The Drippers | Action Rock

WHO ARE THEY? A kick-out-the-jams Swedish power trio that proudly proclaims to be "Influenced by the shitty rock ’n’ roll of classic bands like The New Bomb Turks, Gluecifer,...

Grey Hairs | Health & Social Care

WHO ARE THEY? A descriptively (and only somewhat sardonically) named quartet of self-proclaimed "punk rock lifers" from Nottingham. WHAT IS THIS? Their third full-length release in six years, and a...

School of Language | 45

WHO ARE THEY? Actually, they're a him: British indie singer-songwriter David Brewis, who may be better known as a member of Field Music, the long-running, Mercury Prize-nominated pop-rock duo...

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