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  • Linda Vista

    Linda Vista | ALBUM REVIEW

    If its backstory is to be believed, Linda Vista, the debut by California singer/songwriter (and son of Meryl Streep) Henry Wolfe, took shape on a cross-country drive during which Wolfe played only two albums: Paul McCartney's...

    June 29, 2011 11:20 AM ET
  • Get Out The Lotion

    Get Out The Lotion | ALBUM REVIEW

    Low Cut Connie imagine what indie rock might sound like were it invented in Alabama in the late Fifties. The product of two songwriters – New Jersey's Adam Weiner and Birmingham England's Dan Finnermore -- Get Out...

    June 21, 2011 11:50 AM ET
  • I Am Very Far

    I Am Very Far | ALBUM REVIEW

    The sixth album from this Texas sextet opens wide on "the valley of the rock & roll dead," frontman Will Sheff baying in anguish over a booming backbeat. Past records may have favored a more literal approach,...

    June 7, 2011 12:00 AM ET
  • How to Do Bonnaroo

    How to Do Bonnaroo | BLOG ENTRY

    Since its inception in 2002, the Bonnaroo festival has evolved from a jam-band-heavy, new millennium neo-hippie hoedown to four days and nights of performances that are staggering in their diversity. Indeed, it's...

    June 1, 2011 10:55 AM ET
  • Listen: The Essential Bonnaroo 2011 Playlist

    Listen: The Essential Bonnaroo 2011 Playlist | BLOG ENTRY

    Trying to tackle a schedule as sprawling and all-encompassing as Bonnaroo's can be a daunting task. Over the course of the last decade, the festival has expanded its lineup to reach every conceivable taste. Just thinking about...

    June 1, 2011 10:50 AM ET
  • Brilliant! Tragic!

    Brilliant! Tragic! | ALBUM REVIEW

    Art Brut's Eddie Argos: A close observer of pop culture minutiae, with a voice like an auctioneer's. He doesn't sing his lyrics so much as announce them, hollering about hack comedians, comic books, and, of course, rock...

    May 23, 2011 1:28 PM ET
  • I Am Very Far

    I Am Very Far | ALBUM REVIEW

    The sixth album from Okkervil River opens wide on "the valley of the rock and roll dead," frontman Will Sheff baying in anguish over a booming backbeat. The band's past records may have favored a...

    May 23, 2011 12:49 PM ET
  • Artist to Watch: EMA’s Spellbinding Noise-Folk Confessionals

    Artist to Watch: EMA’s Spellbinding Noise-Folk Confessionals | ARTICLE

    This stream is no longer available. Who: EMA is Erika M. Anderson, a 28-year-old South Dakota native whose solo debut, Past Life Martyred Saints, mixes up slow-boil acoustic intensity, blasts of fuzz, and stick-in-your-head alt-rock melodies. Anderson used...

    May 17, 2011 5:20 PM ET
  • Cherish the Light Years

    Cherish the Light Years | ALBUM REVIEW

    In Wesley Eisold's universe, anything worth saying is worth saying loud. The New York musician's second proper record as Cold Cave is as bright and emphatic as a field of neon exclamation points, full of frantically palpitating...

    April 25, 2011 12:30 PM ET
  • Hall of Fame 2011: Alice Cooper and Neil Diamond Get Irreverent

    Hall of Fame 2011: Alice Cooper and Neil Diamond Get Irreverent | ARTICLE

    If the first half of Monday's Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction struck a note of awe and reverence, its second half, kicking off with an appropriately raucous and randy performance by Alice Cooper, was...

    March 14, 2011 11:59 PM ET
  • Hall of Fame 2011: Elton John, Bette Midler and More Pay Tribute to Their Heroes

    Hall of Fame 2011: Elton John, Bette Midler and More Pay Tribute to Their Heroes | ARTICLE

    Appropriately, the 26th Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductions began Monday night with an eye cast firmly toward the past. The evening's first inductee, Dr. John, who inductor John Legend described as "a living link to...

    March 14, 2011 10:10 PM ET
  • Tao of the Dead

    Tao of the Dead | ALBUM REVIEW

    ...And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead long ago abandoned the kind of hammering post-hardcore that characterized their third (and best) record, 2002's Source Tags & Codes, in favor of increasingly ambitious forays into...

    March 10, 2011 10:55 AM ET
  • Demons

    Demons | ALBUM REVIEW

    The music of the late Vic Chesnutt radiated black humor, ragged charm and a vulnerability that was often alarming. Cowboy Junkies successfully retain those qualities on Demons, a collection of Chesnutt covers that sets his striking lyrics...

    March 10, 2011 10:30 AM ET
  • Yuck

    Yuck | ALBUM REVIEW

    Click to Listen to Yuck's Yuck The members of Yuck were in diapers when indie rock was exploding in the early Nineties, but from the...

    February 8, 2011 12:20 AM ET
  • Sidewalks

    Sidewalks | ALBUM REVIEW

    This Brooklyn duo are one of the perkiest bands in indie rock, routinely whipping crowds into a crazy-dancing frenzy with their cheerfully spry keyboard-and-drums tunes. On their third album, simplicity is key: Most songs are built around...

    November 1, 2010 12:00 AM ET
  • Kanye West Tears Through Surprise Set in Brooklyn

    Kanye West Tears Through Surprise Set in Brooklyn | ARTICLE

    Kanye West appeared onstage at New York"s Brooklyn Bowl at roughly 2:30 Sunday morning, wearing a hubcap-sized gold eagle's...

    October 24, 2010 11:32 AM ET
  • The Incredible Machine

    The Incredible Machine | ALBUM REVIEW

    Any remnants of country music left in Sugarland are wiped clean on The Incredible Machine, replaced by spit-shined arena pop that puts a premium on sky-high choruses and proves that Jennifer Nettles learned just as much from...

    October 18, 2010 5:00 PM ET
  • Tiger Suit

    Tiger Suit | ALBUM REVIEW

    KT Tunstall turned heads in 2004 with just the power of her voice and her guitar, but the intervening years have found her showing little interest in being just another worked-up folkie. On her third album, Tiger...

    October 5, 2010 12:00 AM ET
  • Devil's Made a New Friend

    Devil's Made a New Friend | ALBUM REVIEW

    Brooklyn singer-songwriter Jarrod Gorbel got his start moaning about heartache with dour indie-rock band the Honorary Title. Gorbel has shed his old group for the folky Devil's Made a New Friend, but his mood remains as dark...

    September 27, 2010 6:53 PM ET
  • Asylum

    Asylum | ALBUM REVIEW

    Early metal bands drew inspiration from the netherworld, but on the fifth album from Chicago hard-rock band Disturbed, all the demons live within. "Now if I am to survive/The infection must die," howls...

    August 31, 2010 12:00 AM ET
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