Dozens

Alt/Punk Essentials

By Douglas Wolk on 11.10.09

Alternative music takes the risk of running against the flow of pop, and more often than not ends up leading it in a new direction. Punk rock shoves back even more forcefully against the restrictions...

Southern Indie

By Jon Dolan on 11.09.09

The West produces punk rockers screwed up by perfect weather and soul-crushing sprawl. The Midwest has winter afternoons that give introspective boys long hours to stay inside working on their craft....

Sarah Lee Guthrie's Kids Music

By Sarah Lee Guthrie on 10.28.09

Sarah Lee Guthrie didn't grow up playing, writing or performing music, but being a part of the Guthrie family meant that it surrounded her. "I think it was in me," she says, "but I...

Philly Soul, Pt. 2

By Elizabeth Isadora Gold on 10.14.09

The Sound of Philadelphia is the sound of home to me. I grew up in Philly in the 70s and 80s, when it was almost impossible not to hear "The Love I Lost," wafting over my family's back f...

Spiritual Roots of the Mountain Goats

By John Darnielle on 09.30.09

For the last 18 years, John Darnielle has built a career on writing stories about the lost and the hopeful, the desperate and the disenfranchised. For his latest opus, The Life of the World To Come, h...

Kids Music

By Karen Schoemer on 09.28.09

I'd like to think that my nine-year-old daughter's impeccable taste in music is entirely the doing of her crafty connoisseur parents &mdash that our ruthless indoctrination produced a tiny...

Sonic Youth Side Projects

By Kyle Anderson on 05.29.09

After 28 years of fuzzy drug ballads and noisy guitar freakouts, it's easy to take Sonic Youth for granted. Never as unapologetically beloved as Pavement, never as massively crossover-friendly as...

Operatic Sopranos

By Adam Sweeting on 05.19.09

When Paramount Pictures recruited the Met's new Wagnerian sensation Kirsten Flagstad for an appearance in The Big Broadcast Of 1938, kitting her out in full Brunnhilde garb including spear and hor...

Singing Songwriters

By Will Friedwald on 04.23.09

As Sammy Fain says on one of these albums, the old adage about children can be applied in reverse for songwriters: they were supposed to be heard but not seen. On another CD, Dorothy Fields tells the...

Philly Soul

By Elizabeth Isadora Gold on 04.20.09

I was born into the Sound of Philadelphia family in 1974. My father, Larry Gold, was a cellist in TSOP's house band, MFSB (the letters stand for Mother Father Sister Brother, or Motherfucker Son o...