April 1, 2013 A handful of smartphone apps make planning your concert calendar easier. Is there one that's perfect?
March 29, 2013 Efterklang, the Danish band who recorded its latest album in a ghost town, makes a video that centers around a ghost story that connects lives across generations.
March 22, 2013 "Brennisteinn" (sulfur) is a remarkably aggressive piece of music for musicians who can sound so ethereal: Dreamy elements remain, but they provide an underpinning rather than driving the pulse of the song. A new Sigur Rós album, Kveikur, comes out June 18.
March 21, 2013 The day before Sinkane joined Usher and The Afghan Whigs on stage at SXSW, he played a smaller, Filter magazine-sponsored show at Austin's Clive Bar. Luckily, our video crew was there to capture this live performance of "Jeeper Creeper."
March 21, 2013 Michael Benjamin Lerner is a great singer-songwriter who happens to play the drums — which means he needs help bringing his songs to life in a live setting. Members of Wild Flag, The Globes and Say Hi join in during this performance of "Ghosts and Creatures," filmed live at The Parish in Austin, Texas, during SXSW.
March 19, 2013 SXSW is a festival that you can curate to your own taste: quick hits, big names, unknowns, or some of everything. But no matter what kind of festival you have, there will be moments when a band just cuts through the noise. Here are a handful of the most transporting moments from this year's festival.
March 11, 2013 Put aside your notion of Irish music as a bunch of familiar jigs and reels, and just listen. Martin Hayes plays his fiddle with an exquisite touch and tone, as well as a magnificent sense of melody and rhythm that never ceases to astonish. Guitarist Dennis Cahill provides delicate support.
February 26, 2013 A more rocking new song, "The Stars (Are Out Tonight)," continues David Bowie's career-long obsession with fame.
February 21, 2013 Cat Martino wrote her song "Yr Not Alone" after meeting a creepy admirer dressed as Charlie Chaplin.
February 20, 2013 Josh Ritter and The Royal City Band will perform most of their new album, The Beast in Its Tracks, a day before its official release. You'll be able to watch the live concert webcast online, from New York City's (Le) Poisson Rouge.
February 17, 2013 D.C. musicians Brendan Canty (of Fugazi) and Rich Morel (of Bob Mould's band) make great pop full of unexpected turns on their debut album. Deathfix's melodies and harmonies feel like Big Star or even Queen, but the album also takes a fresh look forward.
February 5, 2013 The music is languid and surreal; the images are hypnotic and poetic. Melissa Ann Sweat, a.k.a. Lady Lazarus, has a strangely alluring video for her new song, "Lapsarian."