May 29, 2009 Ferree is a character with just enough charisma to draw you into his oddball world. While his subject matter is dark (his latest album revolves around a child actor whose life ended tragically), Ferree's music often has a lilt with hints of humor, as is evidenced by his Tiny Desk Concert.
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May 29, 2009 There's a new film by Jim Jarmusch called The Limits of Control. The film is a meditation of sorts — the polar opposite of an action film. I liked much about it, but what I liked best was the music. It not only made the film work; it was th
May 28, 2009 In a year of great music, the Dark Was the Night compilation ranks near the top. Now comes Dark Was the Night: The Concert, a truly mammoth undertaking. Members of The National curated the May 3 event to benefit AIDS research with performances by David Byrne, The Dirty Projectors, Feist, Bon Iver, Sharon Jones and My Brightest Diamond.
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May 27, 2009 I'm heading to Philadelphia for NonComm, the non-commercial radio convention, and it got me thinking: How relevant is music radio these days?
May 27, 2009 A few more thoughts have crossed my desk, and my mind, in the past few days regarding the death of former >
May 26, 2009 Think about the music you love. Do you find yourself attracted to, say, a distorted guitar and female singers? Concept records or CDs with psychedelic covers? World-music collaborations or homemade recordings by Midwestern singer-songwriters? It h...
May 24, 2009 Today we say goodbye to the talented Jay Bennett, who brought a wonderful depth of sound to some of Wilco's best-loved records — particularly my favorites, Summerteeth and Yankee Hotel Foxtrot. Bennett left the band in 2001, but hi
May 22, 2009 A new collection, titled Demos, features a series of demo recordings of mostly solo songs by David Crosby, Graham Nash and Stephen Stills, as well as a track from Neil Young. Listen to the album in its entirety.
May 21, 2009 Sometimes, the simple things are the most fascinating. Say goodbye to your day.
May 20, 2009 If you listen to one jazz concert this year, tonight is your night. Allen Toussaint has put toget
May 18, 2009 We asked you about the bands you love, in particular the ones you love that few people know about. In response you overwhelmed us with more than seven hundred suggestion
May 18, 2009 It was "Ring Around the Rosie," "London Bridge" and crowd surfing with a fierce, fun 14-piece band playing wildly pulsing, upbeat electronic music on the best sound system you'd ever want. Oh, and there was some alcohol. In short, Dan Deacon's sho...
May 17, 2009 Deacon has built his reputation on live shows: comically unpredictable messes of frenetic dancing, audience participation and theatrics, all powered by the Baltimore resident's wildly addictive electro-freak-pop. Hear Deacon and his band give a full concert, recorded live from Washington, D.C.
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May 13, 2009 NOTE:5/20/09 WILCO HAS TAKEN THE STREAM DOWN FOR NOW
May 12, 2009 Good news for power-pop fans: Big Star's first two albums are being remastered and reissued on June 16. I've not heard the remasters yet, so I'll save the praise/critique until then, but the good news is that it's a chance for another generation t...
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