Throwaway | What?

WHO ARE THEY? Remember The Gong Show? Remember The Unknown Comic? The guy who told jokes with a paper bag over his head? This is sorta like that. Except...

Wild Billy Childish & CTMF | Last Punk Standing

WHO ARE THEY? The ridiculously prolific English singer-guitarist — who is also a painter, writer, poet, photographer, filmmaker, rabble-rouser, iconoclast and all-around shit-disturber when he isn't making music with...

Violent Femmes | Hotel Last Resort

WHO ARE THEY? The Milwaukee folk-punk oddballs who debuted more than 35 years ago with the immortal cuts Blister in the Sun and Gone Daddy Gone — and who...

Brian Eno | Apollo: Atmospheres And Soundtracks Extended Edition

WHO IS HE? The onetime Roxy Music keyboardist, longtime ambient soundscapist and visionary superstar producer of U2, Talking Heads, Devo and others — accompanied here by his multi-instrumentalist brother...

Mike Love | 12 Sides of Summer

WHO IS HE? The Beach Boys’ co-founding vocalist, longtime live frontman, frequently overlooked songwriting contributor and more outspoken yang to the introverted yin of cousin, collaborator and sometime competitor...

Beyonce | The Lion King: The Gift

WHO IS SHE? The queen of all she surveys. And — more pointedly — the voice of leonine love interest Nala in this critically panned but commercially successful computer-animated...

Nas | The Lost Tapes 2

WHO IS HE? Nasir Jones, the Queensbridge rap legend who kicked off his recording career 25 years ago with the groundbreaking debut Illmatic — and went on to deliver...

Iggy Azalea | In My Defense

WHO IS SHE? Well, no wonder you've forgotten. It's been more than five years since provocative, swaggering Australian rapper Iggy Azalea released her debut The New Classic. Even in...

Back Stories | My Album Reviews From July 16, 1999

Two decades ago, new albums from Los Lobos, Lyle Lovett and others were spinning away in my portable CD player. Here’s what I had to say about them back...

Short Subjects | Four Recent EPs That Won’t Waste Your Time

There's a good reason that major-label music releases taper off in the summer: People have better things to do than sit and listen to a jillion albums. With that...

Girlfriend Material | Cool Car

WHO ARE THEY? The latest CanRock sorta-supergroup side project, Girflfriend Material co-stars Tokyo Police Club keyboard player Graham Wright and guitarist Josh Hook, along with Hollerado drummer Jake Boyd...

Pretty Vicious | Beauty of Youth

WHO ARE THEY? Four baby-faced Welsh rockers who reportedly snagged a major-label deal after playing just four gigs — and despite being too young to drink in much of...

Metz | Automat

WHO ARE THEY? The rightfully respected, long-serving noise-punk trio from Toronto. WHAT IS THIS? Their fourth full-length release and first anthology is a chronologically sequenced compilation of singles, demos and...

Bones UK | Bones UK

WHO ARE THEY? The dynamic, daring and dangerous duo of Rosie Bones and Carmen Vandenberg, last seen (and heard) lending their talents (and attitude) to guitar hero Jeff Beck...

Africa Express | EGOLI

WHO ARE THEY? A unique, shapeshifting musical collective — launched by Blur/Gorillaz/The Good, The Bad & The Queen frontman Damon Albarn in 2013 — that unites African artists with...

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