When dealing with any individual possessing the sheer magnitude of Bob Dylan -- a figure utterly massive in terms of talent, mythology and self-regard -- it becomes difficult to speak to his "lesser"…   Read Story »
When in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to select the rising bands which have connected them, someone wrote a long time ago. Or, something close to that. Here's what…   Read Story »
I remember driving down Pacific Coast Highway with my dad, listening to Merriweather Post Pavilion, when he suddenly asked why Animal Collective repeat themselves so much. I was driving and looking…   Read Story »
Last year, New York City's Randall's Island hosted 85,000 EDM-loving festival-goers at Electric Zoo. This Labor Day weekend, when the massive party celebrates its third-annual event, the island is…   Read Story »
Elliott Smith was born on August 6, 1969, and thus, August is Elliott Smith Month, according to his onetime label, Kill Rock Stars. To celebrate, KRS has been generously offering fans alternate…   Read Story »
Following the 1994 split of the celebrated Uncle Tupelo, the betting line amongst fans and critics alike held that between Jeff Tweedy and Jay Farrar -- the band's two major principals -- it was the…   Read Story »
I never should have signed up for this. Volunteered, even. It doesn't matter what criteria you apply or artificial boundaries you create to make the task easier, there's no way to pick 10 songs from…   Read Story »
Last month, Chan Marshall, aka Cat Power, released her first single since 2006, "Ruin." The track comes from her forthcoming Matador long-player, Sun, which is Marshall's first album of entirely…   Read Story »
Tapping the taboo appeal of physicality is nothing new -- there's a long history of using nudity to move product. The music business, like any business, is no exception. If a well-placed buttock gets…   Read Story »
Something about America's pastime inspires whimsical paeans from even the generally sports-ambivalent world of indie rock. Just ask Death Cab For Cutie frontman Benjamin Gibbard, who took a break…   Read Story »