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  • Bombino's Rough, Sweet Desert Blues Goes West

    Bombino's Rough, Sweet Desert Blues Goes West | ARTICLE

    Welcome to Young Guns, our series exploring the most notable guitarists from the next generation of six-string legends. For more interviews with the guitarists inspiring us right now, click here. WHO: A 34-year-old guitarist and singer from Niger, in West...

    June 23, 2014 11:40 AM ET
  • Fabric 75

    Fabric 75 | ALBUM REVIEW

    On last year's breakthrough Comfort, London house wunderkind Maya Jane Coles proved herself an impressive singer-songwriter. But she remains a DJ first and foremost. Where her superb 2012 volume of DJ-Kicks glimmered nonstop, Coles' new...

    May 15, 2014 11:15 AM ET
  • Hyperdub's Kode9 on Losing DJ Rashad and Dubstep's Pop Turn

    Hyperdub's Kode9 on Losing DJ Rashad and Dubstep's Pop Turn | ARTICLE

    When Steve Goodman started Hyperdub — "A web magazine to focus on Jamaican influence on electronic music in London," he says — he didn't figure it would become his life's work. But Goodman liked making music as...

    May 14, 2014 12:00 PM ET
  • Frankie Knuckles, 'Godfather of House Music,' Dead at 59

    Frankie Knuckles, 'Godfather of House Music,' Dead at 59 | ARTICLE

    Nobody can agree on who invented the blues or birthed rock & roll, but there is no question that house music came from Frankie Knuckles, who died Monday afternoon of as-yet-undisclosed causes at age 59. One of...

    April 1, 2014 3:15 AM ET
  • Glow


    Hamburg producer Tensnake is part of the same heavyhitting label roster as superstar DJs like Sebastian Ingrosso and Eric Prydz, but he's not really EDM. On his first full LP, he makes sharp-lined, songoriented house...

    March 11, 2014 12:00 AM ET
  • Vapor City

    Vapor City | ALBUM REVIEW

    As the name suggests, much of Vapor City, the second album from EDM whiz Travis Stewart's Machinedrum project, is bathed in aural fog. But where 2011's Room(s) messed with hyper, drum-machined-driven Chicago footwork, here the rhythms veer...

    December 11, 2013 4:00 PM ET
  • His Life, His Music

    His Life, His Music | ALBUM REVIEW

    In the Sixties and Seventies, Le Grand Kallé remapped an entire continent's music. He adopted Cuban rumba and became the first Congolese musician to record with an electric guitar. His "Independance Cha Cha" (1960) was the soundtrack...

    November 18, 2013 12:50 PM ET
  • Hot DJs the Martinez Brothers Keep New York's House Tradition Alive

    Hot DJs the Martinez Brothers Keep New York's House Tradition Alive | ARTICLE

    Dance music thrives on young blood – but when the Martinez Brothers began spinning house music a decade ago, they weren't even in high school. Now, Bronx-bred Steve, 25, and Chris, 21, are globe-trotting DJ superstars –...

    November 13, 2013 1:40 PM ET
  • "Apollo"

    "Apollo" | SONG REVIEW

    This electronic brother duo from the U.K. usually go in for body-jackin' garage beats. Here, they try something even more basic: a straight-up main-room house banger with menacing synths and gauzy vocal samples. It's well made, but...

    October 31, 2013 4:55 PM ET
  • "Suckfest9001"

    "Suckfest9001" | SONG REVIEW

    Joel Zimmerman and his rodent headpiece can be predictably commercial. But this buzzing electro-house jam breaks into a cool, extended trance build-up before the intro riff zooms back in around the five-minute mark – an unexpected move...

    October 23, 2013 3:05 PM ET
  • "Try It Out (Try Harder Mix)"

    "Try It Out (Try Harder Mix)" | SONG REVIEW

    American dubstep's biggest star teams up with D.C. up-and-comer Risk for a thrilling night drive through a neon city. The skidding FX and slam-dunk bass aren't surprising, but the way they leaven it with chilly keyboards gives...

    October 23, 2013 3:05 PM ET
  • Innocents

    Innocents | ALBUM REVIEW

    Moby's work since 1999's Play has tended to be singer-songwriter somnambulant, but Innocents suggests a way past it: working with others. It's still a Moby album – patient tempos, frosted with strings and comfortably melancholy melodies....

    October 7, 2013 5:45 PM ET
  • "Love Is Colder Than Death"

    "Love Is Colder Than Death" | SONG REVIEW

    Wry romantic travails have always ranked high on the former Luna frontman's musical priorities: "Are you dark? Or are you fair? Do you sit on stone for a chair?" he asks on this solo single. His gift...

    September 10, 2013 10:05 AM ET
  • "Bigger Than Prince"

    "Bigger Than Prince" | SONG REVIEW

    For this late-summer dance-floor monster, Chicago house figurehead Curtis Jones programmed drum machines and synth filigrees straight out of the 1999 playbook. But the sly shade of the muttered chorus – "Walk around like you're bigger than...

    August 28, 2013 11:45 AM ET
  • There's a Riot Goin' On

    There's a Riot Goin' On | ALBUM REVIEW

    Not even a 24k-gold disc – the centerpiece of this new deluxe edition of Sly and the Family Stone's 1971 touchstone, along with a stitched flower-flag cover – can fully brighten this Rosetta stone of dark funk...

    July 30, 2013 12:20 AM ET
  • The Remixes Vol. 1

    The Remixes Vol. 1 | ALBUM REVIEW

    This hip-hop-producer-turned-EDM-festival star operates under two guises. Live, he's a bombastic dervish; on record, he's mesmerizing, either glazing over limpid trance, or applying Molly'ed-up languor to a wider array of material. He takes the latter approach on...

    July 29, 2013 5:55 PM ET
  • A Color Map of the Sun

    A Color Map of the Sun | ALBUM REVIEW

    It's been nearly three years since Pretty Lights – Denver hip-hop producer and EDM-festival star Derek Vincent Smith – issued a new record, instead concentrating on his ultra-opulent­ live show. But his newest makes up for lost...

    July 2, 2013 12:00 AM ET
  • Top 20 DJ Mixes of 2013 So Far

    Top 20 DJ Mixes of 2013 So Far | ARTICLE

    Once upon a time, DJ mixtapes were for the faithful. Today, it's the opposite – everyone can access them, and more and more, they do. By the time you finish this sentence, 20 more livecasts and podcasts,...

    July 1, 2013 10:30 AM ET
  • Walking on Air

    Walking on Air | ALBUM REVIEW

    "Cinematic" is as much a part of EDM's musical lexicon as "drop," and Mt Eden – New Zealand dubsteppers Jesse Cooper and Harley Rayner – know it as well as anyone. Walking on Air, the duo's second...

    June 18, 2013 8:05 AM ET
  • Tom Jones a Vital Presence at Bowery Ballroom Concert

    Tom Jones a Vital Presence at Bowery Ballroom Concert | ARTICLE

    At 72, Tom Jones still sounds like Tom Jones – big as a sequoia, impossibly deep, occasionally full of ham. With a good four-piece band behind him, he was a startlingly vital presence on Saturday night during...

    May 20, 2013 11:10 AM ET