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  • Rich Gang

    published December 10, 2014

    The new Southern rap powerhouse of Young Thug, Rich Homie Quan, and Birdman are collectively known as Rich Gang. Not only are they riding the... More >>

  • Slowdive

    published October 29, 2014

    Influential shoegaze band Slowdive broke up after the release of their third album, 1995's Pygmalion. In the span of only six years, the... More >>

  • Rhye

    published October 22, 2014

    It's impressive that two men in Los Angeles have created one of the best sonic descendants of Sade in modern R&B. That's exactly how Rhye comes... More >>

  • The Black Keys

    published October 22, 2014

    Whether or not you think the Black Keys have drifted too far from their garage-rock beginnings, the band's faith in all things rock 'n' roll is... More >>

  • King Tuff

    published October 15, 2014

    As King Tuff, garage-rocker Kyle Thomas wields stomping, Stooges-like chords that match the attitude of his lyrical sneers of "Baseball, football:... More >>

  • Banks

    published October 8, 2014

    West Coast R&B vocalist Banks just released her debut album, Goddess. Filled with vaguely spooky melodies, her strong but unassuming voice,... More >>

  • Merchandise

    published October 8, 2014

    Echoing the Smiths and their '80s counterparts, Tampa-bred Merchandise's After the End is among the most excellent albums of the year. The... More >>

  • Sinkane

    published October 8, 2014

    At SXSW this year, well-traveled singer and multi-instrumentalist Ahmed Gallab, a.k.a. Sinkane, performed his 2012 song "Runnin'" with Usher and... More >>

  • Joey Bada$$

    published October 1, 2014

    Brooklyn rapper Joey Bada$$ has said he memorized the words to Biggie's "Hypnotize" upon its arrival in 1997. This feat wouldn't be notable at all... More >>

  • Christopher Owens

    published October 1, 2014

    San Francisco songwriter and former Girls frontman Christopher Owens's second solo album, A New Testament, functions thanks to the... More >>

  • Lykke Li

    published September 24, 2014

    Swedish singer-songwriter Lykke Li grew annoyed with the pop reputation that came with her first two albums. The 28-year-old's new I Never... More >>

  • Sir Michael Rocks

    published September 17, 2014

    Both members of the Golden Age-inspired hip-hop duo the Cool Kids released their first solo albums this year. Chuck Inglish worked with Incubus's... More >>

  • The War on Drugs

    published September 17, 2014

    Philly rockers the War on Drugs have done a lot of growing up. Their latest, Lost in the Dream, is a mirage-rock masterpiece, with... More >>

  • Tobacco

    published September 10, 2014

    Black Moth Super Rainbow frontman Tobacco, also known as Tom Fec, already had an arsenal of weirdnesses going for him in his primary group. As a... More >>

  • Eric Church

    published September 10, 2014

    North Carolina-born country superstar Eric Church is the rare artist who has won the praises of both the country faithful and the country-averse,... More >>

  • The Jayhawks

    published September 3, 2014

    Three shows, three albums. The rest of the Jayhawks had the opportunity for a facelift in 1995, after frontman Mark Olson left the band citing... More >>

  • The Jayhawks

    published September 3, 2014

    Three shows, three albums. The rest of the Jayhawks had the opportunity for a facelift in 1995, after frontman Mark Olson left the band citing... More >>

  • Strand of Oaks

    published August 13, 2014

    Last Christmas Day, Strand of Oaks' Timothy Showalter survived a car crash that left him with a concussion and broke every rib on his right side.... More >>

  • Boris

    published August 6, 2014

    No band in America sounds like Boris. They're experimental for sure, but "experimental" typically suggests uncertainty. Boris, meanwhile, nail... More >>

  • Paul McCartney

    published July 30, 2014

    Paul McCartney is now 72 years young and 51 years on from the Beatles' "Love Me Do." Inasmuch as a McCartney setlist includes songs old and new,... More >>

  • Woods

    published July 23, 2014

    Brooklyn folk-rockers Woods consistently offer pleasant lawn-chair strumming and harmonies ready to be accompanied by a cold microbrew. On April's... More >>

  • Sun Kil Moon

    published July 16, 2014

    Mark Kozelek, now best known as the man behind Sun Kil Moon after more than a decade in Red House Painters, has written glacial but entrancing... More >>

  • Sharon Van Etten

    published July 16, 2014

    Brooklyn-based folksy songstress Sharon Van Etten's repertoire has expanded naturally. "People say I'm a one-hit wonder," she sings on her new... More >>

  • Ought

    published July 16, 2014

    Ought's articulate post-punk frontman Tim Beeler is no one's idea of a great singer. Yet the New Hampshire-raised babyface has a little Lou Reed... More >>

  • Hundred Waters

    published July 16, 2014

    Hundred Waters could be the most unlikely signing to Skrillex's OWSLA label. The Gainsville group's singer, Nicole Miglis, and her bandmates have... More >>

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