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Discover: PAN

By Andy Battaglia on 01.24.14

Few enterprises make followers of electronic music turn as saucer-eyed and reverential as PAN. Since its humble beginnings in 2008, the label run by Bill Kouligas has amassed a formidable catalog with...

10 Overlooked Everly Brothers Albums

By Dan Epstein on 01.09.14

In 1960, when the Everly Brothers signed a 10-year, million-dollar recording contract with Warner Bros. — the most lucrative artist deal in music biz history at the time — rock 'n' roll's most influen...

Discover: Kranky Records

By Andrew Parks on 01.08.14

Kranky Records celebrated its 20th anniversary late last year with four hometown shows — including rare sets from Grouper and Stars of the Lid. Given the communal, all-join-hands spirit of that celebr...

Discover: Blackest Ever Black

By Philip Sherburne on 12.20.13

With apologies to Spinal Tap's Nigel Tufnel, there's "none more black," and then there's Blackest Ever Black. In popular music's long search for unremitting bleakness, there are few outfits more upfro...

Top 10 Dave Van Ronk Songs

By John Morthland on 12.04.13

How important a figure was Dave Van Ronk on the Greenwich Village folk scene in its heyday? Consider the description of Bob Dylan, who was befriended by Van Ronk upon his arrival in New York in 1961,...

eMusic’s Holiday Essentials

By Wondering Sound Staff on 11.27.13

We know how it is: You love the holidays as much as anybody else, it's just all that schmaltz has a way of unsettling the eggnog in your belly. Sugar is fine in cookies and candy canes, but does it ha...

Discover: FRKWYS

By Philip Sherburne on 11.20.13

New York's RVNG label was never exactly a straightforward proposition. At first, it served as a clearing house for limited-edition mixes — pressed on CD-R and housed in elaborate, silkscreened fold-ou...

Discover: Awesome Tapes From Africa

By Richard Gehr on 11.15.13

The humble and formerly ubiquitous cassette tape turned 50 years old in August 2013. But every day is Cassette Store Day for Brian Shimkovitz, whose Awesome Tapes From Africa blog and record label hav...

Discover: Kompakt

By Philip Sherburne on 11.15.13

Since it was founded in 1998, Cologne's Kompakt has become both a dance-music icon and an empire of sorts; today, the enterprise includes not only the record label (and its many sub-labels) but also a...