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An Alternate History of Rock Icons

By Kenneth Partridge on 06.06.14

In 1963, after years of hard work in Hamburg and their hometown of Liverpool, four young rock 'n' rollers managed by Brian Epstein landed three singles atop the UK charts. They seemed destined to blow...

Lushes Make Us a Playlist

By Wondering Sound Staff on 03.06.14

On their debut album What Am I Doing? the New York band Lushes deliver taut, complicated rock songs that are full of hairpin turns and harrowing conclusions — it's petulant post-rock that scrambles an...

SXSW 2014: 15 Bands to See

By Wondering Sound Staff on 03.05.14

First things first: Don't see Coldplay. It's not that we've got anything against Coldplay, necessarily (Imagine Dragons, the other big band on that same bill, are another story). It's just, why would...

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,...

The Many Sides of Blood Orange’s Dev Hynes

Domino Recording Co By Laura Studarus on 11.27.13

Britain born, New York-based singer/songwriter Dev Hynes has always carried himself with an idiosyncratic grace that suggests that he's more than capable of penning a mainstream hit. But where would t...

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...

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...