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December 7, 2018
While we lost the Queen of Soul earlier this year, mourning didn't feel like the proper way to pay respects. That's because so much of Aretha Franklin's music teems with life.
November 30, 2018
During the late 70s and into the mid-80s, the trio delivered a bevy of instantly recognizable hits. Yet the Police were also quite weird and adventurous.
November 23, 2018
While each year dozens upon dozens of contemporary artists attempt to become part of the holiday music tradition, sometimes nothing beats the tried and true – especially at a time of year that so heavily draws from our own nostalgic memories.
November 16, 2018
The enigmatic Kate Bush possesses a penchant crafting strong-willed songs that feel delicate and of another universe. Her songs can be journeys into twisted fairy tales or imaginative, metaphorical looks at the real world.
November 9, 2018
This week brings us a new version of The White Album. Overseen by Giles Martin, the son of Beatles collaborator Sir George Martin, the revamped mix adds more oomph to the bass and drums while sharpening the overall vocal clarity.
November 2, 2018

Blood on the Tracks, one of Bob Dylan’s most celebrated works, receives the deep-dive treatment this week with the release of More Blood, More Tracks: The Bootleg Series Vol. 14.

October 26, 2018
The melodicism and everyday approachability of the Kinks has shaped modern Britpop. Ray Davies possessed an innate ability to create great drama out of the mundane – an observant attention to detail that finds oddness where others see ordinary.
October 19, 2018
Jason Isbell's works marry the personal with the political, as he looks at a divisive America and isn't afraid to say the uncomfortable. Here, we take a quick snapshot of what makes Isbell such a special writer.
October 11, 2018
Costello returns this week with the lovely and meticulously orchestrated Look Now. The Imposters remain one of Costello's best-known and most-acclaimed backing bands.
October 5, 2018
The newly released Imagine: The Ultimate Mixes includes a slew of outtakes present the songs of Imagine, painstakingly worked on in the studio, in their rawest form.
September 28, 2018
Led by Joe Strummer and Mick Jones, the Clash lasted just six years during which it recorded an impressive eight LPs worth of material – the music ranging from politically inspired calls to action to work inspired by reggae, jazz, and disco.
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 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?
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