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A '90s underground It-Band makes peace
Sixpence None the Richer sprang to life in the early '90s and slogged it out on the Christian underground circuit for several years before hitting the bigtime with their crossover pop smash "Kiss Me"--a tune that topped charts, soundtracked the on-screen romantic travails of Freddie Prinze Jr. and J ... More >>
Saxophone giant Tim Berne is one forward-thinking renegade who started altering the landscape of jazz in the mid-1970s by wielding his horn and, in a show of then-unheard of DIY vision, launched his own record label. A late bloomer, Berne didn't pick up a sax until his very late teens but upon his ... More >>
Are you a musician? Is your band having issues? Our new advice columnist, who we're going to call Fan Landers (a.k.a. Jessica Hopper), is ready to give you Real Talk about any problems your musical outfit might be havingwhether professional, practical, or sartorial. Send your problems to sotc ... More >>
The Brooklyn-based harpist Zeena Parkins doesn't follow rules. Whether she's playing with Björk, Thurston Moore, Ikue Mori or John Zorn, her harp rarely sounds like a harp. Instead, it's soaked in digital surrealism and alien mysteryexquisitely dripping, cosmically pinging or wildly feedback ... More >>
For the past three decades, the flannel-flyin' and econo-jamming godhead Mike Watt has staunchly adhered to his and late, great best friend and fellow Minuteman D Boon's credo "punk is whatever we made it to be while projecting an air of sincerity that is just plain righteous. And in all of Watt's p ... More >>
In a recent tweet responding to a follower's assertion that he was a celebrity, the drummer and head Root Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson demurred, claiming he was merely "a personality." The follower had a point, though; according to a website devoted to Quest's blogs about meeting famous people, for in ... More >>
One recent trend in pop music has seen a number of old souls producing albums by the young at heart. Gospel goddess Mavis Staples's latest album, 2010's You Are Not Alone, was produced by Wilco wunderkind Jeff Tweedy; rockabilly vet Wanda Jackson's The Party Ain't Over, released in 2011, was oversee ... More >>
Dave Shuford has been ingrained in the New York City soundscape for decades as part of the experimentalist collective mutants No Neck Blues Band, which ruled both downtown's now-departed avant-garde roost The Cooler and their Harlem practice pad the Hint House. In recent years, less activity on th ... More >>
Oh, don't be such a cynic
Next year, in Hoboken
After a recent boisterous and discordant performance at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, Deerhoof's dressing room briefly felt like the center of the indie universe. Hanging out and sipping on the beer and wine that usually go to waste (Deerhoof is more of a tea-swilling bunch) were members of The Di ... More >>
Please, Jacob Lusk, stick around as long as possible. CREDIT: Ray Mickshaw/FOX.This was the first week we really got to see a lot of Interscope honcho Jimmy Iovine, whose role on American Idol is supposedly to mentor all the kids, but it's already clear he's only going to show up for five-min ... More >>
A pack of thoroughly modern throwbacks
Bassists shine, even amid the dark age of conservatism
Kevin WestenbergMore than happy to outsource the drums for this oneAlmost exactly a decade ago, the purring electronics of Kid A threatened to marginalize real-life Radiohead drummer Phil Selway's role in the band he'd initially co-founded in name of alt-rock--the sort of alienated-by-technol ... More >>
Summer concert season means jamming to the familiar hiss of 'hippie crack'
Oliver loves math Over the last few years, A Place To Bury Strangers have become a heavy presence in Brooklyn, dominating the fuzz-drone scene that draws from shoegaze stars Jesus and Mary Chain and My Bloody Valentine. Lead vocalist Oliver Ackermann also founded the successful pedal effects compan ... More >>
Ornette Coleman's triumphant return dominates the humble debut of the 'Voice' jazz critics' poll
Eclectic neoclassicism versus childhood-oriented avant-primitivism as global warming swamps our history
Earthly appetites: The brilliant and curious career of steel-string demigod John Fahey
Eminem's Marshall Mathers LP
"I'm Never Wrong" vs. "This Is What I'm Good At"
Filler Bummer Hummers in the Hot White Summer With a Midlife Diplomat
The Lactose-Intolerant Detective; Trio's Honky-Tonk Blues
The Improvisational Rock Scene Isn't Just for Hippies Anymore
Folksinger, Wordslinger, Start Me a Song
Blues, In Progress and Motion