In "Is It Honest?," the fourth track of the most recent record from Woods, Bend Beyond, lead singer Jeremy Earl uses his haunting falsetto to ask an aggressive, straightforward question about things in our lives -- relationships, friendships, opinions, etc. -- that might seem healthy and positive on ... More >>
Hot Sugar heats up spike hill
What happens when music's big names want to be rediscovered?
"That's exactly what I'm going for: psychedelic yacht-rock." There's no keeping-up with Colin Langenus these days. Ever since the USA Is a Monster, America's premiere prog-noise outfit for most of the last decade, called it a day in 2009, the burly singer-songwriter and guitarist has been hu ... More >>
Well, this is unpleasant. Based largely on data collected here, somebody went and found a very pretty way to illuminate a very ugly reality: how many CDs, or downloads, or streams (via Rhapsody and Spotify -- this chart also includes Last.fm, but they've since axed that part of their service) ... More >>
According to Last.fm, anyway. No real surprises--we listened to way more Grizzly Bear, Animal Collective, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Jay-Z, etc. than did the rest of the world. Plus we basically stole Phoenix from France and Girls from California. For a kind of smug satisfaction, watch as music crops u ... More >>
Margaret Mead doc fest takes pulse of the global music scene
Record-store eulogies, blogger angst, and other symptoms of a dying industry