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You've Never Heard Daft Punk Like This

The Huffington Post | Kia Makarechi | Posted 05.16.2013 | Entertainment

Daft Punk's "Get Lucky" has been called many things (electronic dance music's savior, EDM's demise, pure funk, completely derivative), but a soothing ...

'Surfer Rosa' Turns 25

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 03.22.2013 | Arts

Today marks the 25th anniversary of the Pixies' second album, "Surfer Rosa," a seminal LP that has gone down in Rolling Stone history as one of the 50...

Week In #Instagigs

Posted 03.10.2013 | Arts

One lucky concert goer snapped this photo of Thomas Wesley Pentz, better known by his pseudonym, Diplo, at a gig in Canada this past week. The Philly-...

Freegal: Emphasis on the the Free Public Library of Cool

The Los Angeles Public Library | Posted 04.30.2013 | Los Angeles
The Los Angeles Public Library

I write here about my experience not as an administrator since I am not one of those, or even as a librarian although I am one of those. I offer this opinion only as an impenitent bin rat that has collected songs going back to the original days of vinyl.

Mumford & Sons, God And The New Sincerity

Jonathan D. Fitzgerald | Posted 05.16.2013 | Religion
Jonathan D. Fitzgerald

Say what you will, but after the spectacle died down and the top honor of the night went to Mumford & Sons' album Babel, at least one thing is clear: We are in the midst of the New Sincerity. Being really into something is cool now, even if that something is, well, God.

LISTEN: Premiere Of New Ra Ra Remix

Posted 05.16.2013 | Arts

If your heart beats fast for Ra Ra Riot, the string-heavy indie band whose album "Beta Love" was released last month, get ready to break out those dan...

Buke and Gase's General Dome: Newer Name, Grittier Sound

Daniel J. Kushner | Posted 04.09.2013 | Arts
Daniel J. Kushner

Sometime after the release of Buke and Gass's Riposte in 2010--a striking first impression of a record--the industrious DIY duo did something confusing: they changed their Buke and Gase.

Local Natives Talk Rebellion, The Beatles, And Their Second Album

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 07.12.2013 | Arts

Anyone can tell you who's already made it, but HuffPost Arts & Culture's On Our Radar series is here to tell you who's about to blow up -- and, in som...

ON OUR RADAR: Deer Tracks Release Last Installment Of Epic Trilogy

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 02.12.2013 | Arts

Anyone can tell you who's already made it, but HuffPost Arts & Culture's On Our Radar series is here to tell you who's about to blow up -- and, in som...

A Very Indie Holiday Parody

Posted 12.21.2012 | Arts

Holiday music certainly isn't for everyone. But who doesn't love a good Christmas parody album? Especially when it involves indie musicians like Beach...

Tanlines Dishes on 'Not the Same' and Keeping It Real

Kirsten Chilstrom | Posted 01.28.2013 | Entertainment
Kirsten Chilstrom

When the indie-electronic band Tanlines landed on the scene in March 2012, their arrival was one of great commotion. Their third music video, "Not the Same," debuts this week and was, as band member Jesse Cohen put it, a "labor of love."

A Playlist To Get You Through Thanksgiving Cooking

Posted 11.22.2012 | Arts

It's Thanksgiving morning and you've probably just embarked on what will be a marathon day of chopping, slicing, stuffing and basking until the sweet ...

Friday Vids: The Sword's 'The Veil Of Isis' and Nataly Dawn's 'Leslie' & 'Araceli,' Plus The Pine Hollows Play NYC's Sidewalk Café

Mike Ragogna | Posted 01.16.2013 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

For all you Sword fans, the fantasists have released their first official music video, "The Veil Of Isis," from their latest album, Apocryphon.

Nick Africano: Music as an Art of Inclusion

Laura Cococcia | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Laura Cococcia

t's no secret that music has a unique way of unifying people across cultures, geographies and communities. It takes exceptional artists and performers to build those stories to which many can relate. Nick Africano, whose music blends folk, soul, storytelling and rock, does just that.

Barcode the Musical Makes Occupop Pop

Denver Nicks | Posted 10.11.2012 | Arts
Denver Nicks

Performed on a crowded stage with an austere set at the Bowery, Barcode has the handmade, bootstrap feel of a musical hoisted together by sweat and toil at an Occupy encampment, and in context it works.

Tour Diary: No. 2

Amy Millan | Posted 12.11.2012 | Arts
Amy Millan

It was a bit muddy that day and I find Torquil rinsing his shoes in our little bus sink above the drinking glasses. Torq tells me not to worry and that he will wash all the dishes, but I can't help but feel like I am drinking Torq's shoes for the rest of the week.

Monday Mayhem: Chatting With Belle & Sebastian's Stevie Jackson, The Sword's J.D. Cronise, and Sonnet

Mike Ragogna | Posted 12.08.2012 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna


Foreign Feminvasion, Part 2: At the 'Top of Our Game,' Tegan and Sara Take It to the Limits

Michael Bialas | Posted 12.04.2012 | Entertainment
Michael Bialas

Fortunately for anyone who's developed a crush while being touched by their propulsive tunes and charismatic onstage persona, the Quin twin players continue to be a constant show of force 13 years after their first Austin appearance.

Foreign Feminvasion, Part 1: First Aid Kit Has Healing Austin Powers

Michael Bialas | Posted 12.02.2012 | Arts
Michael Bialas

Though they don't know if Emmylou Harris has heard "Emmylou" yet, they were pleased to get endorsements from Rosanne Cash and Polly Parsons, daughters of the legends. "To us that's pretty crazy," Klara said. "Nothing we ever expected."

Poliça -- Bon Iver's Favorite Band Talks Music and Causes

Brandon Deroche | Posted 11.18.2012 | Impact
Brandon Deroche

Poliça, is an autotuned-female-fronted, dark, hazy, guitar-less four-piece that put out one of those rare albums that can be enjoyed from start to finish (remember those?). I met up with one of their two drummers, Drew Christopherson.

Three New and Noteworthy Indie Music Releases

Xaque Gruber | Posted 08.23.2012 | Entertainment
Xaque Gruber

From ambient electronica to acoustic blues to jazzy pop, this month finds exciting new releases from three very soulful, do-it-yourself, L.A.-based music men.

Music That Saves Your Life

Ombretta Di Dio | Posted 10.22.2012 | Arts
Ombretta Di Dio

I can easily summarize what these guys helped me deal with and did for me, with one album, in three concepts: Dysfunctional Relationship, Law School and Eating Disorders.

An Online Scavenger Hunt Turns Indie Tracks Into Treasures

Huffington Post | Lucas Kavner | Posted 08.01.2012 | Home

Here's one way for artists to combat album leaks: do the leaking yourself. And be weird about it. Yeasayer, an acclaimed Brooklyn-based band, has ...

10 Best Places To Discover New Music

The Huffington Post | Posted 07.06.2012 | Teen

There's an unbelievable amount of fantastic music out there just waiting for you to hit "play," but it can be tough to find. We bet you're probably al...

Detroit Summer Song: Fawn Releases 'Coastlines' Tonight At Loving Touch

Posted 06.14.2012 | Detroit

You may not have seen Fawn perform -- but if you're into Detroit rock & roll, chances are you've heard from their members before. The Detroit musi...