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September 21, 2018
MC5 claimed a diverse range of influences. Here, we look at five collectives swayed in some way by MC5. And since it's the group's 50th anniversary, we single out one band per decade.
September 14, 2018
Akin to the Tindersticks and Radiohead, Low shows that quiet can often make quite a roar. The trio continues to create a niche for itself by taking songs rooted in folk and finding ways to obliterate or distinguish them.
September 7, 2018
While it'd be easy for Paul McCartney to simply focus on his past and give touring audiences what they want to hear, he keeps challenging himself and fans to push forward – his solo career is practically as storied as that of his tenure with the Fab Four.
August 31, 2018
The end of summer can be sad as, for many, it marks the time to head back to school. Yet rock n' roll, long obsessed with teen life and all its associated mixed-up romance and emotional complexities, has often found school a ripe subject for exploration..
August 24, 2018
Happy birthday, Wayne Shorter. The legendary saxophonist, whose career not only spans decades but multiple styles and incarnations, turns 85 on August 25. And he isn't slowing down.
August 17, 2018
Summer is coming to an end, and no doubt many are trying to squeeze in one last vacation or short getaway before fall. With personal holidays dominating our thoughts, it seems only fitting that National Aviation Day arrives Sunday.
August 13, 2018

JBL's legendary L100 has remained in the minds of customers who talk about it with me to this day. Many remember how impressed they were with its distinctive sonics.

August 10, 2018
Pop music has long been called a young person's game. But it's also possible to age gracefully in pop. Recently, we've been blessed with a number of late-career works that stand among the respective artists' finer albums.
August 3, 2018
Many musical treasures remain out of print, in the vaults, or in need of a sonically astute reissue. A valued reissue label, then, not only functions a solid business endeavor, but takes on the vital responsibility of preserving music culture for generations to come.
July 27, 2018
Of all the subgenres associated with rock n' roll, psychedelic rock remains one of the most abstract. What, exactly, is it, other than different or odd or weird?
July 20, 2018
There are plenty ways to tour America's great urban areas. But if you can't swing a road trip, a key way to learn about a location's soul is to embrace its music. The twin cities of Minnesota are no exception.
July 13, 2018
If Les Bleus win the World Cup final, French fans will have plenty of reasons to celebrate. July 14 also marks Bastille Day, a national holiday that honors a momentous occasion in the French Revolution.
July 6, 2018
We've already seen a number of noteworthy rock reissues, including a massive collection from Guns N' Roses. A few lesser-known gems have also received quality re-release treatment.
June 29, 2018
For every Rush, Drake, or Leonard Cohen, there's a Canadian act that failed to become a household name in America. As we look ahead to Canada Day, we zero in on five overlooked Canadian artists.
June 22, 2018
Kamasi Washington's music nods to saxophonist greats and Afro-futurists such as Sun Ra, but also remains refreshingly shaped by popular culture.
June 15, 2018
Superfly returns to theaters this week via a modern, hip-hop-inspired makeover fueled by a soundtrack largely overseen by rapper Future. While reviews of the movie have been mixed, to put it kindly, blaxploitation films are often outshined by their soundtracks.
June 8, 2018
This summer will witness the usual cinematic blockbusters hitting movie screens. But a far quieter and equally important film opens this week. Won't You Be My Neighbor? takes a look at the life and legacy of one Fred Rogers.
June 1, 2018
The Joshua Tree. Appetite for Destruction. Purple Rain. Born in the U.S.A. Thriller. To be sure, plenty of other notable efforts exist, but it's worth noting the 80s gave us some of history's biggest-selling and era-defining albums.
May 25, 2018
Prognosticators are already debating hits from Drake, Cardi B, and Kyle, among others, to see who should don the summer pop crown. Here, however, we look at artists who crafted full albums that complement a summer diet.
May 15, 2018
Comedy can be hard to pull off in song. There's Weird Al, of course, and while he has given us plenty of songs worth celebrating, we're talking about a subtler type of humor.
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