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  • The Black Keys' Big Apple Blues Explosion

    A day in the life of the supercharged blues-rock duo - with hot dogs

    • Music
  • Fans, Musicians Gather to Remember Odetta in New York

    New York's Riverside Church held an hours-long celebration of the life of folk singer and civil rights pioneer Odetta Tuesday night. More than a thousand fans, family members and loved ones filed into the Gothic cathedral to take part in an evening of music and remembrance for the iconic singer who died at 77 in […]

    • Music
  • Breaking: Anya Marina

    Who: Anya Marina, a pixie-ish Michigan-born California gal who ditched a sputtering film career (100 Girls, anyone?) to become a local disc jockey. Honing her songwriting chops by immersing herself in music all day allowed her to claim the San Diego local open-mike crown; a song on the *Grey's Anatomy* soundtrack called "Miss Halfway" scored […]

    • Music
  • The Return of "The Electic Company"

    The Seventies' funkiest kids' show powers up again with Pete Wentz, Common and more reading-loving rockers

    • (Sub)Culture
  • Derek Trucks Q&A: on Jamming With Legends and Covering Dylan

    "Playing with Clapton and Santana makes you step away from your own work and judge it harder"

    • Music
  • Super Bowl, Super Gig: How the Big Game Can Boost Springsteen's Sales

    When Bruce Springsteen plays the Super Bowl halftime show on February 1st, it will be for the biggest audience of his career: Last year, 148.3 million Americans watched Superbowl XLII, more than the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony and the Academy Awards combined. Which should mean good things for Springsteen's new Working on a Dream and […]

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  • Rufus Wainwright on Casting Lou Reed as the Grinch and Being Stalked By Amy Winehouse

    If you dread spending Christmas with your family, consider kicking it with the McGarrigle Sisters this year. The folk duo's not-quite-annual "McGarrigle Christmas Hour" variety show lands at New York's Carnegie Hall on December 10th — along with Emmylou Harris, Jimmy Fallon, Laurie Anderson and that apotheosis of Yuletide cheer, Lou Reed. Joining them all, […]

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  • What Will the Music Industry Look Like in Five Years?

    What will the music industry look like in five years? In a new study by Forrester Research, "U.S. Music Forecast 2008 to 2013," industry analysts attempt to cook up some numbers. No huge surprises here: The U.S. music market is expected to shrink over the next five years from $10.2 billion to $9.8 billion. Digital […]

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  • Raconteurs Team With Skaggs and Monroe for "Old Enough"

    Jack White has already earned his country bona fides several times over. First the dude produces Loretta Lynn's stunning 2004 crossover hit record Van Lear Rose. Then, the following year, he vacates Motown for Music City, moving from garage rock central to Nashville. Now, with his other band — if only all of our "side […]

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  • Kaiser Chiefs: Hail to the Chiefs

    The band crafts an intense, hooky disc with a little help from Mark Ronson and Lily Allen

    • Music