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June 2010

Touched by the Hand of God: Paying Tribute to the Birth of New Order

If the singer in your band suddenly died, would you call it quits? New Order did the opposite, proving in an endless stream of brilliant music that Joy Division was merely a warm-up on the path to pop greatness.


John Meeks Shows Off His Noir Side on ‘Old Blood’

Don't let the man's tender tenor fool you: he's got a dark side. And the juxtaposition of the sweetness and menace are part of what makes the music so compelling.


Five Guys or, the Greatest Band of All Time (No, Really)

Aside from John Coltrane's classic quartet, there is no jazz band that can hold a candle to the second Miles Davis quintet.


Paul McCartney - “Valentine Day”

This week, we look at “Valentine Day”, a short instrumental track from Paul McCartney’s his first solo album McCartney. Perhaps because it appears on


20 Questions: Alex Cuba

Alex Cuba explains why he just might be the Spider-Man of Latin music.


Masters of the Form: The Cure, 1989 - Disintegration

By 1989, Robert Smith had grown a bit weary of his new found pop stardom and was determined to swim out of the mainstream back into what he thought were the deeper waters of the band's earlier work.


Paul McCartney - “That Would Be Something”

Despite the fact that it was never released as a single, “That Would Be Something” has been well-loved and critically praised throughout the years. Shortly


20 Questions: Angus and Julia Stone

"I am now walking through the library of tearful memories, and someone really messy has been in here, smoking and drinking and fucking up the order of things. Definitely not a librarian."


20 Questions: Kerretta

When not making amps explode with their dynamic, powerful instrumental rock numbers, the members of New Zealand's Kerretta debate the greatest album of all time in the middle of Kansas while inventing the greatest character George Lucas never made ...


May 2010

Atmosphere: The Image and Allure of Joy Division

It’s not surprising that Joy Division’s cigarette-smoking crowd of followers in their dark, heavy overcoats would in a few short years become the first wave of gothic rock fans.


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