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September 23, 2016

A band's name largely contributes to their overall image. While some are more straightforward than others, the most interesting monikers often have equally compelling stories behind them.

September 21, 2016
This fall, Beck's entire envelope-pushing DGC/Geffen/Interscope catalog will be reissued on vinyl, beginning on October 28 with the trifecta of Odelay, Sea Change, and Guero.
September 16, 2016

The breakup of a band can be as tragic for fans as for the band members. In the nastiest cases, splits happen with wild – and very public – endings. Here are five bands with crazy divorce stories.

September 14, 2016
A live album often captures what can’t always be documented in a recording studio. Music Direct presents 10 of the best live albums out there, nearly all of which are available on LP.
September 12, 2016
Originally formed in Los Angeles in the late ‘80s, The Black Eyed Peas have gone on to sell more than 35 million albums around the world.
September 9, 2016

Over the past few decades, the Les Paul has become an iconic instrument – so much so that several guitarists swear by it, having played nothing else for years. Here are five distinguished guitarists that prefer to play a Les Paul over everything else.

September 2, 2016

Stories about favorite musicians and their pasts literally fill volume upon literary volume. But the person entrusted to tell the story is often equally important, if not more so, than the story itself. Music Direct brings you five of the finest artist biographies.

August 30, 2016

Fulks released the excellent Upland Stories on Bloodshot Records in April and recently spoke with Music Direct about its inspiration, the recording process, and what he still hopes to accomplish.

August 26, 2016
A quarter of a century after 'Out Of Time' helped break alternative music into the American mainstream and turned R.E.M. into a worldwide phenomenon, the band have announced a special 25th Anniversary Edition, out November 18th via Concord Bicycle.
August 26, 2016
Rudy Van Gelder, the brilliant engineer whose name is synonymous with many of the finest jazz recordings ever made, died Thursday at the age of 91.
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