From the looks of the R.E.M. setlist site remtimeline.com, early R.E.M. gigs were glorified bar-band hootenannies. Before they'd written Murmur and Chronic Town, the band cut their teeth seemingly as…   Read Story »
A few weeks back, we premiered Low's cover of Bruce Springsteen's "I'm On Fire," and it was great (more on that below). It's their contribution to a forthcoming Springsteen tribute titled Dead Man's…   Read Story »
From the Super Bowl to ULTRA, it's been an awkward launch for MDNA. But to be fair, Madonna's 12th album, while not stylistically groundbreaking, has its moments and it'll certainly take more than a…   Read Story »
The xx's music is fertile ground for imaginative covers, thanks to the space that the band creates and maintains within its own songs. Inspired by yesterday's Tracey Thorn w/ Ben Watt cover of "Night…   Read Story »
It's going to be impossible to claim that BeyoncĂ© Knowles has "quietly" put together a vicious song catalog, stocked with everything from heart-wrenching ballads to shamelessly fun bangers, but she…   Read Story »
Since winning our nerdy hearts in the mid '90s, Weezer have surprised us with weirdo career moves that may alienate some old-school fans but bolster their off-kilter appeal to a new generation. For…   Read Story »
Yesterday we posted a live version of an ethereal new tune Bat For Lashes did at Australia's Vivid Festival. The second part of the Opera House set was performed acoustic with a string quartet -- six…   Read Story »
If you watched Radiohead's 2007 thumbs_down webcast (or perused the occasional Dead Air Space office chart or Low End Theory playlist) you have a good sense of Thom Yorke and band's wide-ranging and…   Read Story »
On "Calgary," Justin Vernon's vocals lay in a cloud of gloomy synths and anxious electric guitar tones, suggesting a sonic shift from the grainy For Emma formula. But not too much has changed -- the…   Read Story »
Last month Death Cab For Cutie returned to the spotlight with "You Are A Tourist," the great first single and video from their forthcoming Codes And Keys. A sunny addition to our spring playlist, it…   Read Story »