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  • Krist Novoselic on Kurt's Writing Process and the 'In Utero' Aesthetic

    Krist Novoselic on Kurt's Writing Process and the 'In Utero' Aesthetic | ARTICLE

    "I listened to a lot of Nirvana lately," bassist Krist Novoselic says one morning in early September. It is a couple of weeks before the release of a deluxe 20th-anniversary reissue of that band's 1993 album,

    October 3, 2013 3:24 PM ET
  • Krist Novoselic on Kurt's Writing Process and the 'In Utero' Aesthetic

    Krist Novoselic on Kurt's Writing Process and the 'In Utero' Aesthetic | BLOG ENTRY

    "I listened to a lot of Nirvana lately," bassist Krist Novoselic says one morning in early September. It is a couple of weeks before the release of a deluxe 20th-anniversary reissue of that...

    October 3, 2013 2:50 PM ET
  • Reflektor

    Reflektor | ALBUM REVIEW

    "If this is heaven/I need something more," Win Butler and Régine Chassagne, Arcade Fire's founding singers, declare in close, almost whispered harmony as the opening title song of their band's extraordinary new album goes into high...

    September 27, 2013 10:35 AM ET
  • Q&A: Dave Grohl on Kurt's Last Days and the Making of 'In Utero'

    Q&A: Dave Grohl on Kurt's Last Days and the Making of 'In Utero' | BLOG ENTRY

    "There are a few ways you can look at it," Dave Grohl says of In Utero, the last studio album he made as the drummer in Nirvana and the group's back-to-punk triumph after its 1991 multi-platinum...

    September 24, 2013 12:00 PM ET
  • Q&A: Dave Grohl on Kurt's Last Days and the Making of 'In Utero'

    Q&A: Dave Grohl on Kurt's Last Days and the Making of 'In Utero' | ARTICLE

    "There are a few ways you can look at it," Dave Grohl says of In Utero, the last studio album he made as the drummer in Nirvana and the group's back-to-punk triumph after its 1991 multi-platinum...

    September 24, 2013 11:48 AM ET
  • The Evil One

    The Evil One | ALBUM REVIEW

    Erickson, the bleating voice of psychedelic pilgrims the 13th Floor Elevators, was only a few years past a ruinous stay in a Texas mental hospital when he made this improbably magical 1980 LP, first issued in...

    September 9, 2013 4:35 PM ET
  • Solar Secrets

    Solar Secrets | ALBUM REVIEW

    Here is garage-glam heaven on a platter: Tony Visconti, who produced hot glitter for David Bowie and T. Rex 40-plus years ago, doing it again with the fine trio Capsula, from Bilbao, Spain. Visconti sets Capsula's dynamic...

    September 9, 2013 4:25 PM ET
  • Hesitation Marks

    Hesitation Marks | ALBUM REVIEW

    "Thrive/Just become/Your disease," Trent Reznor shouts on this record, across crusty electronics and irritated-­guitar chatter in a song called "In Two." Reznor is an excellent advertisement for that advice, a resilient, multiplatinum icon of feral machine...

    September 3, 2013 12:25 AM ET
  • Imagine Dragons' Fast, Steep Flight to the Top

    Imagine Dragons' Fast, Steep Flight to the Top | ARTICLE

    Dan Reynolds of Imagine Dragons has a baby daughter, Arrow, named after the Harry Nilsson song "Me and My Arrow." She's 10 months old, but, Reynolds says, "I've been with her about a month and a half...

    August 29, 2013 12:00 AM ET
  • Another Self Portrait (1969-1971): The Bootleg Series Vol. 10

    Another Self Portrait (1969-1971): The Bootleg Series Vol. 10 | ALBUM REVIEW

    This two-CD set of previously unissued demos, alternate takes, scrapped arrangements and discarded songs from more than 40 years ago is one of the most important, coherent and fulfilling Bob Dylan albums ever released. The...

    August 14, 2013 3:25 PM ET
  • Nick Lowe, Shuggie Otis Offer Peeks at Vintage American Music

    Nick Lowe, Shuggie Otis Offer Peeks at Vintage American Music | BLOG ENTRY

    Everything was vintage, free and rendered fresh on August 10th, during the evening segment of the Roots of American Music Festival at Lincoln Center's Damrosch Park bandshell. It is hard to imagine a finer roots experience in...

    August 12, 2013 4:40 PM ET
  • The RCA Albums Collection

    The RCA Albums Collection | ALBUM REVIEW

    This box contains 14 studio albums Harry Nilsson made between 1967 and 1977, extended with hours of rarities. It is not overkill. It is the necessary account of a brilliant, wayward pop life still best known...

    July 30, 2013 12:15 AM ET
  • Hardcore

    Hardcore | ALBUM REVIEW

    Before they were totally Eighties, Devo were genuinely subversive: wickedly funny avant-nerds peddling evolutionary apocalypse (we're literally going ape again) in a brittle, hooky garage rock. These 1974-77 demos – first issued in the Nineties and...

    July 29, 2013 5:50 PM ET
  • The Complete Motown Singles, Vol. 12A: 1972 Motown Select

    The Complete Motown Singles, Vol. 12A: 1972 Motown Select | ALBUM REVIEW

    Motown's first single of 1972 all but declared the end of the label's life in Detroit. The B side of the Four Tops' "A Simple Game" (a Moody Blues cover, cut in London with the Moodies...

    July 29, 2013 5:35 PM ET
  • Heavy Soul and Vintage Values: Paul Weller Opens U.S. Tour at New York's Apollo Theater

    Heavy Soul and Vintage Values: Paul Weller Opens U.S. Tour at New York's Apollo Theater | BLOG ENTRY

    The stakes went up as soon as the lights went down. "What an introduction," Paul Weller said with a hint of worry after Billy Mitchell – a fixture at New York's Apollo Theater since 1965, as an...

    July 27, 2013 5:50 PM ET
  • Afrobeat, Hip-Hop and Kronos Quartet: 'Red Hot + Fela' Debuts at Lincoln Center

    Afrobeat, Hip-Hop and Kronos Quartet: 'Red Hot + Fela' Debuts at Lincoln Center | BLOG ENTRY

    When you throw your own birthday party, you get to call the tunes. On July 24th, Kronos Quartet, the acclaimed and exploratory string ensemble, initiated Kronos at 40, their five-day anniversary celebration at Damrosch Park Bandshell in...

    July 26, 2013 11:10 AM ET
  • A Night at the Chinese Pop Opera: Damon Albarn's 'Monkey' Music Jumps and Shimmers at Lincoln Center

    A Night at the Chinese Pop Opera: Damon Albarn's 'Monkey' Music Jumps and Shimmers at Lincoln Center | BLOG ENTRY

    The star wears a mustard-yellow tracksuit, scratches his crotch a lot and thrown half-eaten peaches all over the place. He disrespects royalty and sages, starts fights when he doesn't get his way and serves 500 years in...

    July 16, 2013 5:40 PM ET
  • An Alternate Pink Floyd Playlist

    An Alternate Pink Floyd Playlist | BLOG ENTRY

    It only took one million streams of Pink Floyd's "Wish You Were Here" to unlock the band's saucerful of trips and conceptual rock theater on Spotify. There are still limits to how far you can go...

    June 24, 2013 10:00 AM ET
  • Bruce Springsteen Working on 'Wrecking Ball' Follow-Up

    Bruce Springsteen Working on 'Wrecking Ball' Follow-Up | ARTICLE

    "I have stuff I'm working on that I'm very happy about," Bruce Springsteen said backstage before his June 3rd concert in Milan, Italy, during a rare interview for a story about his European tour in the...

    June 24, 2013 8:00 AM ET
  • Q&A: Bruce Springsteen on Touring Europe, the E Street Band and a Half-Century of Rock

    Q&A: Bruce Springsteen on Touring Europe, the E Street Band and a Half-Century of Rock | BLOG ENTRY

    In the new issue of Rolling Stone, Bruce Springsteen gives his first major interviews in nearly a year – in the middle of the live action and euphoria of his current European stadium and festival tour....

    June 20, 2013 9:30 AM ET
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