Cults were one of indie music's biggest breakout acts of 2011, landing on several Best of 2011 lists and cementing their spot among the blogosphere's buzz-worthiest bands. But what's an indie-pop group to do between albums? Sing holiday songs on children's television. Our internet friends over ... More >>
If we had to live anywhere outside of Florida, the fine land of Louisiana would certainly creep its way into our list of top ten prospective states. Why? Zydeco indie pop. Channeling the spirit of Paul Simon circa 1972, Lafayette quintent Givers proved that American music is world music with it ... More >>
There are some artists who can't escape their past, no matter how hard they try. Paul Simon is inextricably linked to Simon & Garfunkle. Robert Plant will always be the tousle-haired, bare-chested vocalist of Led Zeppelin. John Fogerty will never fully put Credence Clearwater Revival behind ... More >>
From "The Moment."Bad music stinks as bad as Gaga's meat dress after a week out in the sun. In your car, your bedroom, or your cubicle, you are the noise master of your audio universe. And it sounds so sweet. But there are other times when you're trapped, helpless, and without control, forced to l ... More >>
Do the dirty at '80s Prom.We kind of wish we weren't so young in the '80s. Sure, we got to watch the amazing cartoons and play with those kick-ass toys (Teddy Ruxpin and Kid Sister), but that's all we actually remember. We missed the fashion. We weren't old enough to really enjoy the music. And we o ... More >>
Photo by Ian WitlenCheck out the full 30-photo Vampire Weekend slideshow.Vampire WeekendWith the Very Best and Beach HouseWednesday, October 13, 2010The Fillmore Miami BeachBetter Than: Madras cocktails and self-loathing at a WASP family gathering. (Probably?)Enough verbiage has been devoted to p ... More >>
The Commander's mama is cookin' hammy.First, let's get to the shocking stuff: Riock and rollers, it seems, never go near food (insert your own drug joke here). Bob Dylan has scribed hundreds of songs, but never mentions sitting down for a meal. Ditto the Rolling Stones, Led Zep, Pink Floyd ("Brow ... More >>
The Commander's mama is busy cookin' hammyFirst let's get to the shocking part of this post: Rock 'n rollers evidently never go near food (insert your own drug joke here). Bob Dylan has scribed hundreds of songs, but never mentions sitting down for a meal. Ditto the Rolling Stones, Led Zep, Pink ... More >>
Here are a few randomly selected recommendations among the many acts playing the Miami Music Festival. Visit MiamiMusicFestival.org for individual venue details. Many of these funky-named places you've never heard of are subdivisions of real venues, with made-up names just for festival pur ... More >>
On February 14, things have a way of turning ugly.
People are ready for a fresh-faced heir apparent to Paul Simon, and from the looks of things, Brett Dennen is the guy. His warm, socially conscious folk continues to grow in appeal. Maybe it's the fact that he has more to say about the world than Jack Johnson, and that he does it with a fractured ... More >>
James DunnThe Long Ride Homewww.jamesdunnmusic.comEven the title boasts an air of familiarity, one that translates to the sound of the songs themselves. It breeds a connection that finds these muscular melodies recalling the angst-filled anthems of Bruce Springsteen as they might sound if sung by Ja ... More >>
Picking the best folk and Americana records of the year isn't nearly as hard as discarding those great records that just didn't feel right stuck in the category. Releases by Calexico and DeVotchKa felt far too worldly to pigeonhole as folk or country, for instance, while Blitzen Trapper's fantastic ... More >>
Tonight! At the screening of Festival in the Desert.
Ilembe: Honoring Shaka Zulu (Heads Up Africa)
Vampire Weekend (XL Recordings)
These guys are gonna make downtown shimmy. Ayayayayayay!
Goodbye Blue Monday (Wind-up)
Chicano Zen (Triloka/Artemis)
Wendy Wischer makes you look
Tuneful trio touches kids and adults
New Year's Eve took its toll, now it's time to save your soul
Don Henley will not go quietly
Almost Famous rings in your ears -- and heart -- long after it's over
Nostalgic for Cuba's music and mobsters
Washington Square comes out of the dark with a live CD
Major albums that don't belong in anyone's Christmas stocking.