November 24, 2008 WXPNIt wasn't the best year for music, but 2008 sure churned out a lot of it: In a marketplace flooded with more music than ever, there's rarely been less of a consensus. Your neighbor's iPod was most likely playing a different tune than yours was. Still, David Dye was able to pinpoint the 10 albums that best kept him interested through multiple listens.
August 4, 2008 The Airborne Toxic Event's self-titled full-length debut has earned the band comparisons to Modest Mouse, Arcade Fire and Interpol, among others. Complementing Mikel Jollett's dry vocals with surf-friendly rock, the group has made more than a few "Bands to Watch" lists, both before and since the release of its debut.
June 26, 2008 WXPNThe punk rock legends in Carbon/Silicon — Mick Jones from The Clash and Tony James from Generation X — have been offering their garage-rock inspired music for free online long before Radiohead's pay-what-you-wish release. Hear an acoustic session with the band.
May 19, 2008 WXPNIn an interview with David Dye, Nine Inch Nails' Trent Reznor talks about his decision to leave his major label to self-release the instrumental Ghosts I-IV. Reznor has not only been successful, but he's also found a way to engage his fans in the music via remixes.
May 5, 2008 WXPNOn Warpaint, the band reunites after a string of solo efforts and concert tours on the jam-band circuit. The sound remains the same (swaggering rock with Southern-fried soul), but now the band sounds like professionals who've honed an otherwise ramshackle style of music.
April 21, 2008 WXPNSouthern-born singer-songwriter Chan Marshall is no stranger to covers. Under the Cat Power moniker, Marshall has released eight albums, two of them collections in which she reworks the classics. The latest is Jukebox. Hear an interview and performance from WXPN.
April 14, 2008 WXPNSinger, songwriter and pianist Sara Bareilles had a modest childhood growing up a small California town. Self-taught, she soon found herself on a major label with a debut album that's won comparisons to Fiona Apple. Hear an interview and performance from WXPN.
April 10, 2008 WXPNOn the band's second album, What Doesn't Kill Us, What Made Milwaukee Famous deftly mixes the pomp of Spoon and the hooks of Big Star with witty lyrics. In this segment of World Cafe, the group fills out its sound with the help of new guitarist Jason Davis.
April 9, 2008 WXPNFormed in 1981 by Genesis P-Orridge after the dissolution of the industrial-noise band Throbbing Gristle, Psychic TV has long been an artistic force in the margins of pop culture. In its first performance since the death of band member Lady Jaye, Psychic TV performs material from its new CD.
April 8, 2008 WXPNUnder the moniker Lightspeed Champion, Devonte Hynes assumes the role of troubadour. It's a fitting change from the thrashy dance-punk of his past, effectively marrying lush Britpop with countrified rock. Lightspeed Champion's promising debut full-length, Falling Off the Lavender Bridge, just came out.