La Chinga | Beyond the Sky

Several years ago, I was chatting with Gordie Johnson of Big Sugar about Van Halen’s impact on rock. The secret to their sound, he believed — and the element...

DIY Discovery | Spacecadet Lullabies

Most of the music I hear is sent to me by labels and publicists. But there's nothing like getting it straight from the source. Welcome to DIY Discovery, where...

Indie Roundup | Four Tracks to Check Out Today

Every day I get press releases from indie bands and labels with new songs, albums, videos and tours to hype. Here's the latest batch: 1 | Singer-songwriter and actress Sharon...

Rod Stewart | Blood Red Roses

"I'm a lazy git, this I must admit," rasps Rod Stewart a few minutes into his 30th studio album Blood Red Roses. There was a time not long ago...

Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs | King of Cowards

For those who find Sabbath too soft, Killing Joke too kitschy and The Melvins too milquetoast, there's Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs. The surprisingly clean and well-groomed...

Tony Joe White | Bad Mouthin’

David Letterman said it best. "If I was this guy, you could all kiss my ass," he remarked after Tony Joe White was on his show a few years...

The Dirty Nil | Master Volume

Rock is dead, they say. Clearly, they haven't had The Dirty Nil experience. And they really should. After all, the members of this Hamilton power trio have been faithfully...

Joe Strummer | Strummer 001

The Clash will always be the central chapter in Joe Strummer's musical biography. But his story didn't begin there. Nor did it end there. As dedicated fans know, there's...

Various Artists | Rick & Morty Soundtrack

It's time to get schwifty in here. Frankly, it's long overdue. After all, it's been nearly five years since Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland introduced us to misanthropic mad...

The Joy Formidable | AAARTH

Welcome to The Bigger Roar. If not The Biggest. This Welsh power-trio fronted by pint-sized guitar goddess Ritzy Bryan have never been afraid to go off the beaten track...

Mudhoney | Digital Garbage

Enraged and engaged. Seems like almost everybody is one or the other these days. Except for the people who are both. Mudhoney frontman Mark Arm is in the latter...

Loretta Lynn | Wouldn’t It Be Great

"It was awful," Loretta Lynn admitted to me in 2016. "I went right down on my face. My head hit the floor too. I think it might have knocked...

Tom Petty | An American Treasure

How do you sum up the career of an artist like Tom Petty? And perhaps more importantly, how do you do it in a way that the famously principled...

Indie Roundup (CanCon Edition): Four Videos to Watch Right Now

Every day I get press releases from indie bands and labels with new songs, albums and videos to hype. Here's the latest batch, which all just happen to be...

Christine & The Queens | Chris

The definition of genius is taking the complex and making it simple. That's not me talking. That's Albert Einstein. And he was definitely no dummy. So I'm not going...

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