Beautiful Dudes | Radio

WHO ARE THEY? A quartet of alt-rock everymen from the hinterlands of Nevada City, Calif. And before you get the wrong impression, their ironically narcissistic handle was actually bestowed...

Nico Duportal & The Sparks | Dog, Saint & Sinner

WHO ARE THEY? A Parisian singer-guitarist who plays the blues so perfectly you'd think he hails from Paris, Texas — and spent years studying at the feet of Doug...

Gang Starr | One Of The Best Yet

WHO ARE THEY? Boston's legendary hip-hop duo of MC Guru and DJ Premier, who are "duelling again and ruling again" — despite the fact that Guru died in 2010...

The Stooges | The Stooges 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition

WHO ARE THEY? Living legend Iggy Pop, guitarist Ron Asheton, drummer Scott (Rock Action) Asheton and bassist Dave Alexander. AKA Four Detroit dum-dum boys-turned-demigods who could barely play their...

Soundwalk Collective With Patti Smith | Mummer Love

WHO ARE THEY? A multi-disciplinary meeting of minds between legendary punk poet Patti Smith and the experimental NYC/Berlin duo Soundwalk Collective. WHAT IS THIS? The second instalment in a triptych...

Allen Stone | Building Balance

WHO IS HE? The least likely soul singer in existence — a white, blonde-tressed hippie who is also a minister's kid from rural Washington State and got his start...

Simply Red | Blue Eyed Soul

WHO ARE THEY? British singer-songwriter and sole permanent member Mick Hucknall — who is both the world's second-most-popular musical ginger and a self-confessed sex addict who once claimed to...

Kele | 2042

WHO IS HE? The singer-guitarist and leader of long-running British post-punk indie-rockers Bloc Party — who generally drops his last name Okereke for his extracurricular activities. WHAT IS THIS? His...

Taylor Hawkins & The Coattail Riders | Get the Money

WHO ARE THEY? The on-again, off-again (but mostly just off) side project led by longtime Foo Fighters drummer (and former Alanis Morissette sideman) Taylor Hawkins, accompanied by his latest...

FKA Twigs | Magdalene

WHO IS SHE? The British artist formerly known as Tahliah Barnett, who also went by the handle Twigs until a similarly named pop group complained — though she has...

DIY Discovery | Seven Artists You Have To Hear Right Now

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 the latest instalment...
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Indie Roundup | 16 Tracks For A Better Tuesday

Black Royal are late for Halloween, Taraban are plagued by twerkers, Matt Steele and Corvette Sunset assure you this is a one-time thing, Close Talker double down on an...

Back Stories | My Album Reviews From Nov. 5, 1999

Two decades ago, new albums from Foo Fighters, Bush, XTC and others were spinning away in my portable CD player. Here’s what I had to say about them back...

Grace Potter | Daylight

WHO IS SHE? The rebellious, raspy blues-rock singer-songwriter and former frontwoman of The Nocturnals who has collaborated with everyone from Kenny Chesney to The Flaming Lips over the course...

The Mavericks | Play The Hits

WHO ARE THEY? The Tex-Mex roots-rockers who were co-founded by hulking, Orbisonian singer-guitarist and songwriter Raul Malo 30 years ago in Florida — and who are currently seven years...

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