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The 100 Greatest Alternative Singles of the '80s: Part 5: 20 - 1
1 Oct 2015 // 8:02 PM
Songs of anxiety, paranoia, freak-outs, chilling verses, feverish desire, harrowing lyrics -- they all make for damn good music.
The Best Alternative Songwriters of 2011
14 Dec 2011 // 3:00 PM
Some of 2011's best songwriting came from artists whose work could be broadly defined as "alternative". Few of these artists fit the mold of the traditional singer-songwriter, creating music the blurs the lines defining genres.
Saturday Night, Sunday Morning: Gospel Music in a Secular World
17 Apr 2013 // 5:30 PM
Critically, commercially and historically, gospel is the great overlooked American music, maybe because few genres of music force you to confront your beliefs so immediately.
Everyone Lost: Protest Art and the Iraq War
7 Mar 2013 // 4:30 PM
While people were killing and dying, what did it matter whether there were decent songs being sung, insightful films being produced, appropriate art being inspired? When did poetry ever stop a war?
Duke Robillard Jazz Trio: Wobble Walkin'
23 Apr 2012 // 5:00 PM
Wobble Walkin' proves Duke Robillard's skill at his craft while maintaining an understated feel.
Tom Waits: Bad As Me
25 Oct 2011 // 4:00 PM
Bad As Me is a bracing, defiant attack against things as usual. Its clash and clatter are combative, but in the end -- and here's what throws the suits off -- utterly beautiful.
The Rolling Stones and Tom Waits Perform "Little Red Rooster" (video)
13 May 2013 // 12:50 AM
Tom Waits joins the Rolling Stones on a recent tour stop and the world rejoices (as it should).
Counterbalance No. 114: Tom Waits' 'Rain Dogs'
31 Jan 2013 // 11:00 PM
Inside a broken clock, splashing the wine with the 114th Most Acclaimed Album of All Time. A 1985 cult classic is this week's Counterbalance. You'll never be going back home.
The wit and wisdom of Tom Waits
5 Aug 2011 // 5:30 AM
Tom Waits doesn't exactly approach an interview as opportunity for self-disclosure. He's more the hepcat who likes to play with the interviewing mouse. Still, his
The always-eccentric Tom Waits hopes you'll adopt his 'Orphans'
17 Nov 2006 // 12:00 AM
About halfway through an hour-long conversation on phone lines that occasionally crack and fizzle as if they are being gnawed, the talk turns to moles.