March 3, 2013 Though he's smoothed out some of the extremes in his sound, the eccentric folksinger takes a lot of tonal detours on his seventh album. But that's the sound of creative freedom for a songwriter who's never been afraid to follow his whims to epiphanies, dead ends and many points in between.
March 3, 2013 Even when it aims for celestial bliss, Phosphorescent remains rooted in dusty, personal, earthbound concerns, thanks in large part to the winningly roughed-up, beautifully human voice at its core.
February 27, 2013 These 12 previously unreleased recordings all shine a spotlight on Hendrix's considerable charisma, preserving the guitarist's work in amber while still polishing it up as good as new.
February 27, 2013 When parents and kids can't find common musical ground, what can they listen to in the car? Obviously, "something everyone can enjoy" is the easiest answer, but there are rules that accompany it.
February 25, 2013 With Sonic Youth on hiatus, Thurston Moore's new band sets out to pulverize and polarize on an album of sharp left turns. Loose but jagged, playful but menacing, the music of Chelsea Light Moving still finds room for glimmers of beauty.
February 24, 2013 The singer-songwriter's new album was written entirely in response to his recent divorce. Even in its darkest moments, though, The Beast in Its Tracks finds Ritter sounding more bruised than wounded, and yearning to compartmentalize and preserve the happy memories that remain.
February 24, 2013 The Twin Cities band's ninth album bursts with warmth, whether in spare examinations of faith or in big-hearted explosions of ecstatic celebration. At times, Cloud Cult's music recalls the larger-than-life reverie of The Polyphonic Spree, but the music on Love feels more personal and fragile.
February 22, 2013 Is SXSW just for industry pros and rich music fans? Or can someone on a budget make it worthwhile? We run through the pros, cons and opportunities that come with attending the festival on the cheap.
February 21, 2013 The All Songs Considered gang is gathering MP3s to prepare for its coverage of the annual music festival. If you're an artist playing SXSW 2013, here's some information on how to make sure we hear one of your songs beforehand.
February 18, 2013 On Atoms for Peace's first official album, Radiohead singer Thom Yorke lays his weary-but-soaring vocals over an assortment of sounds that whir, clatter, click, twitch and sprawl.
February 17, 2013 Particularly in its first half, Optica plays like a marvelous '80s mixtape, albeit one with modern production values and a good deal of subtlety. In all their sweet and sunny glory, the Swedish pop band's songs invariably chime and shine.
February 14, 2013 Sultry and sweet, "Open" is like a heartfelt love letter tucked tenderly into a makeout mix.
February 14, 2013 Many people hate Valentine's Day. Some even love it. What do you listen to if you just don't care? Also, thoughts on why so much music revolves around love and relationships.