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R.I.P. George Jones

The country music legend George Jones, whose resonant and conversational baritone was one of the most expressive voices of any singer in any genre, died this morning at a hospital in Nashville. He’s been hospitalized for a fever and irregular blood pressure, which seems like an anticlimactic way to go out for one of the… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 26, 2013 - 11:47 am

Download Ben Gibbard & Death Cab For Cutie’s Best Cover Songs

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 recalls brighter moments of mid-period Cure when it’s not channeling “Float On.” That’s fitting given how Ben Gibbard’s got five… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / April 11, 2011 - 11:35 am

Ben Gibbard Covers Stars, Rilo Kiley @ Hiro Ballroom, NYC 6/30/08

Rhapsody celebrated its new DRM-freedom by renting out Hiro and inviting Ben Gibbard to perform an acoustic set. Tough crowd — I suspect many attended for free MP3tinis — and I wouldn’t say the Death Cab frontman won them over so much as the douchebag contingent dispersed to the Ballroom perimeter after a few songs. More »

By: Scott Lapatine / July 1, 2008 - 3:40 pm