Nov. 24 2015
I remember first hearing The Bird and The Bee after several glasses of champagne on a New Year's Eve
Nov. 17 2015
Country music is closer than ever to pop music these days, but the interesting thing about its evolution is the surge of really excellent country
Nov. 10 2015
The UK's Squeeze have been playing perfect new wave pop since the late '70s, and they're still going with their first new set of songs since the '90s, and a back catalog worthy of celebration
Nov. 3 2015
King Diamond is heavy metal's reigning monarch. The corpse-painted former frontman of Mercyful Fate is playing his classic album Abigail in its entirety, and it's sure to be a dark, dramatic spectacle
Oct. 27 2015
Failure reunited last year after being broken up for 17 years, and I couldn't be happier
Oct. 20 2015
Last year, Twin Sister changed their name to Mr. Twin Sister, and with the change came a transition toward an ethereal disco sound. That metamorphosis was for the better, as their 2014 self-titled album...
Oct. 13 2015
I've seen Twin Shadow several times. Their synth-heavy new-wave sound always makes for moody, sexy fun
Oct. 6 2015
Neil Young needs no introduction. The Canadian singer/songwriter's name is on many of the best albums ever released
Sept. 29 2015
I just recently discovered Me, the debut album by Lorely Rodriguez, aka, Empress Of. It's a beautiful set of ethereal, electronic pop songs and it's a rare set of music that immediately endears itself...
Sept. 22 2015
Titus Andronicus' new album, The Most Lamentable Tragedy, is 90-plus minutes of conceptual punk that's highbrow, yet unbelievably catchy
Sept. 15 2015
Mike Krol's specialty is super-short (two minutes or less) power-pop songs with a garagey, punk-inspired sneer
Sept. 8 2015
Willis Earl Beal is somewhere between Tom Waits and Howlin' Wolf, with a lo-fi, primal blues sound that's simple, but powerful
Sept. 1 2015
Matthew Mondanile is usually seen playing guitar with his other band, Real Estate. But his solo project, Ducktails, has a dreamy, jangly charm all its own, and new album St. Catherine is loaded with low-key...
Aug. 25 2015
Of all the shows lined up after the Del Mar races this year, Weird Al's is the one that got me pretty excited
Aug. 18 2015
As FYF Fest draws closer, more bands playing it are descending upon our city, and Metz is a band you have to catch
Aug. 11 2015
FYF Fest is taking place later this month in L.A., and a lot of its bands will be hitting San Diego. Cold Cave is the first, and their dark synth-pop sound is best heard in a more intimate, dark space
Aug. 4 2015
Chris Isaak made an appearance in Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, but I've always thought of his music more like the unofficial soundtrack to David Lynch productions
July 28 2015
Baltimore's Spank Rock made a splash around 2006 for some highly danceable hip-hop jams with oversexed lyrics
July 21 2015
Heems used to be an emcee in the ultra-clever but short-lived group Das Racist, but his solo material shows even more versatility
July 14 2015
Mavis Staples is a treasure. Whether it's her history of singing with The Staples Singers, or the recent work she's recorded with Wilco's Jeff Tweedy, her catalog is rich in soulful, powerful melodies


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