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Read ZZ Top: Taking The Blues Back To The Future

September 13, 2012 – After years dabbling in different genres, the band returns to a classic sound on La Futura.


Read Bob Dylan's Baffling And Sometimes Beautiful 'Tempest'

September 11, 2012 – Ken Tucker says that some of Tempest's songs are as precisely crafted as any Dylan has written.


Read Cat Power Rips It Up, Starts Again

September 6, 2012 – On Sun, her first album of new songs since 2006, Chan Marshall leaves behind her sad, sparse sound.


Watch Harmony, Teenagers And 'The Complete Story Of Doo-Wop'

September 6, 2012 – Street Corner Symphonies is a 15-volume year-by-year survey of doo-wop by scholar Bill Dahl.


Read When Ian Hunter Is 'President'

September 4, 2012 – Ken Tucker says Hunter reaches back into rock's past while linking it firmly to the present.



Watch Shoes: After 18 Years, The Power-Pop Band Re-Ignites

August 31, 2012 – Ken Tucker says Ignition retains the same pop-rock rigor heard in the band's 1970s records.


Science Fair includes science-loving songs from Laura Veirs, Mates of State, Elizabeth Mitchell and more.

Watch Fire Up Your Kid's Imagination At The 'Science Fair'

August 17, 2012 – Laura Veirs, Mates of State and more contribute to an album encouraging children to pursue science.


Producer Dan Auerbach achieves an ideal version of JEFF The Brotherhood and Hacienda on their respective new albums.

Read Dan Auerbach Likes It Fast, Simple And Loud

August 6, 2012 – Ken Tucker says the Black Keys member works wonders producing JEFF The Brotherhood and Hacienda.


Watch The xx Teases New Album 'Coexist' With The Simplest Of Love Songs

July 16, 2012 – From a new album, the spare ballad "Angels" feels a bit like the introduction to a more lavish song.

Read The dB's: Still Plaintive After All These Years

July 3, 2012 – Falling Off the Sky sweeps aside decades and nostalgia to achieve a vital sound for today.


Read Fiona Apple's 'Wheel' Of Extravagant Emotions

June 26, 2012 – Ken Tucker says Apple's stripped-down sound is a backdrop for her ideas about love's complications.


Read On 'Banga,' Patti Smith Pays Homage To Friends

June 14, 2012 – Banga is Smith's 11th studio album, and her first collection of original material since 2004.


Trailer Trash Tracys.

Listen Trailer Trash Tracys: A Shoegazer's Dream

June 14, 2012 – Cool but still beautiful, "Candy Girl" is touching, revealing and almost painfully intimate.


Singer, songwriter and swamp-pop pioneer Bobby Charles poses for a portrait in 1972.

Read The Untold Story Of Singer Bobby Charles

June 13, 2012 – Bobby Charles recorded a memorable body of work, despite living in isolation and not performing.


The dB's.

Listen The dB's: After A 25-Year Absence, A Vital Return

June 12, 2012 – In "That Time Is Gone," the dB's singer needlessly questions the wisdom of his own band's comeback.


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