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Before ZZ Top, Billy Gibbons (second from right) was in the more psychedelic Moving Sidewalks.

Read The Moving Sidewalks: Where The British Invasion Met Texas Blues

March 13, 2013 – Before he became the guitarist for ZZ Top, Billy Gibbons was in a band called the Moving Sidewalks.


Twin sisters Tegan and Sara Quin have been writing songs since they were 15 and independently released their first full-length album in 1999. Since then, they've produced seven studio albums.

Watch Tegan And Sara Reach Out To New Audiences

March 11, 2013 – The twin sisters from Canada depart from their indie roots to try their hands at pop.


After a 10-year hiatus, David Bowie has just returned with The Next Day.

Watch David Bowie Awakens To 'The Next Day' Of His Career

March 7, 2013 – Bowie's new album plays like a collection of singles, with each performed in a different style.


"Killer" Ray Appleton, a veteran drummer with the wisdom of experience and ageless swing.

Read Time Is On Their Side: Ageless Jazz Drumming

March 6, 2013 – Veteran masters "Killer" Ray Appleton and Barry Altschul, both over 70, have fine new albums.

The cover image from Rhye's debut album, Woman.

Read Rhye's 'Woman' Takes Easy Listening To Provocative Ends

March 6, 2013 – The duo's debut combines lush string arrangements, electronics and a remarkably androgynous voice.


Ashley Monroe's new album is Like a Rose.

Read Ashley Monroe Is 'Like A Rose,' Briars And All

March 5, 2013 – The country singer works within a tradition that extends back well beyond her twentysomething years.


Jane Bunnett's "Ron Con Ron" is featured on Lula Lounge: Essential Tracks.

Read Latin Gold In The Frozen North At Toronto's Lula Lounge

March 4, 2013 – A new compilation, Lula Lounge: Essential Tracks, showcases Canada's thriving Latin music scene.


Atoms For Peace's debut album is called Amok.

Read Atoms For Peace: Thom Yorke's Electronic Shadow-World

February 28, 2013 – Inside the fevered head of Radiohead's lead singer, ghosts and phantoms are still working overtime.


Jazz clarinetist Ben Goldberg has released two new albums for different quintets.

Read Ben Goldberg's Variations: Two New Albums From A San Francisco Jazz Staple

February 28, 2013 – Known for his work in New Klezmer Trio, clarinetist Ben Goldberg has just released two new albums.


Aretha Franklin became a star on the Atlantic record label after leaving Columbia.

Read Aretha Franklin Before Atlantic: The Columbia Years

February 27, 2013 – Before Franklin found her voice at Atlantic, she recorded less successfully for another label.


Guards just released its debut album, In Guards We Trust.

Watch Guards: Anthems With Gravitas

February 25, 2013 – In Guards We Trust, the debut album from New York's Guards, is big on atmospherics and grandeur.


Conductor Colin Davis concludes his cycle of Carl Nielsen's symphonies with the London Symphony Orchestra.

Listen Nordic Symphonies And A $100 Guitar: Music We Love Now

February 20, 2013 – Three albums in our ears: clever Nielsen, glowing Finland and a battered electric guitar.


Richard Thompson's new album is titled Electric.

Read Richard Thompson's New Album Examines 'Electric' Love

February 14, 2013 – The singer-songwriter often writes songs about his complex relationships with women.


Jim James' solo debut is titled Regions of Light and Sound of God.

Watch Jim James: On A Spiritual Quest In The Digital Age

February 13, 2013 – The My Morning Jacket singer seeks authenticity in a world of artifice on his first solo album.


Rudresh Mahanthappa.

Read Rudresh Mahanthappa: Bicultural Jazz, Ever Shifting

February 13, 2013 – The saxophonist and his quartet cross-pollinate Indian classical music and Captain Beefheart.


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