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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...

eMusic’s Holiday Crowd Pleasers

By Wondering Sound Staff on 11.12.13

Looking for holiday music to appeal to everyone from grandma to your youngest cousin? Look no further than this batch of holiday crowd pleasers, featuring roasted chestnuts by everyone from Mary J. Bl...

Boy George’s Favorite Albums on eMusic

By Andrew Perry on 10.29.13

To celebrate the release of This Is What I Do, Boy George's first studio album in 18 years, we invited him to take over eMusic. You can read our revealing interview with the pop legend here, and he sh...

Discover: Mexican Summer

By J. Edward Keyes on 10.08.13

[In celebration of Mexican Summer's fifth anniversary, eMusic is proud to offer a free Mexican Summer sampler, featuring tracks from Autre Ne Veut, the Fresh & Onlys, and more.] Though they eventua...

Discover: Cascine

By Laura Studarus on 09.30.13

[Dive into Cascine's catalog with this free sampler, featuring tracks from Keep Shelly in Athens, Shine 2009, Selebrities and more. — Ed.] Originally founded in 2010 as an arm of Service, the now d...

Discover: Paradise of Bachelors

By Stephen M. Deusner on 09.24.13

In April 1855, Harper's New Monthly Magazine published a curious short story by Herman Melville titled "The Paradise of Bachelors and the Tartarus of Maids." It's one of his more experimental pieces,...

Billy Bragg Picks His Favorite Albums

By Andrew Perry on 09.03.13

To celebrate Billy Bragg's being honored for his Outstanding Contribution to Music at the Association of Independent Music awards 2013, we invited him to burrow through eMusic's vast catalog and pick...

Discover: The Dungeon Family

By Hua Hsu on 08.28.13

Before there was a family, there was the Dungeon — otherwise known as Rico Wade's mom's basement. It was in the magically stank Dungeon — described by Cee-Lo as "a crawl space with a bench that held a...

Discover: Northern Spy

By Dave Sumner on 08.16.13

[Get a taste of Northern Spy's catalog with this free 16-track sampler — Ed.] Northern Spy Records is the baby of co-owners Tom Abbs and Adam Downey, birthed after both left their jobs at the legen...

10 Essential Damaged Goods Albums

By Stuart Turnbull on 08.08.13

"Trends come and go, but we just get on with what we do and what we like," says Ian Ballard, who founded Damaged Goods Records in 1988 and still runs the label from his East London home. To celebrate...

Hidden Treasures 2013

By Wondering Sound Staff on 07.22.13

Every year, hardcore music fans wrestle with the same wonderful problem: There are too many records. Even if we listened to nothing but new records, non-stop, the numbers just don't add up; we're goin...

A Skeptic’s Guide to ZZ Top

By Anna Bond on 06.27.13

Is it the gimmicky, sheepskin-covered guitars? The movie appearances? The beards? Why haven't contemporary rock audiences, with their seemingly insatiable craving for anything resembling "authentic"...