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Our Vinyl Weighs a Ton: Q&A with Peanut Butter Wolf

J.L. Sirisuk | Posted 06.10.2014 | Entertainment
J.L. Sirisuk

For over 15 years now, Los Angeles-based Stones Throw Records has been home to some of the most varied and inventive musical artists. Now the label's genesis is detailed in a new documentary with the tale of the label's conception.

The Best '80s Singles That Never Made the Top 40 (Pt. 2)

Xaque Gruber | Posted 03.04.2014 | Entertainment
Xaque Gruber

These 1980s pop singles should've ruled the charts -- or at least dented the Top 40, but for whatever reasons did not. But charts be damned, I'll love them forever.

From The Hunger Games to Animal Collective, The Hurting and Beyond: Conversations With Tears For Fears' Roland Orzabal & Curt Smith

Mike Ragogna | Posted 02.16.2014 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

"I sort of buried the emotion of 'Mad World' under a whole heap of percussive synth, if you see what I'm saying. For me, it always worked as an up-tempo song. But the way that Michael Andrews and Gary Jules did that is just straight to the jugular, it's just amazing."

Peter Hook's Dreams Never End

Salvatore Bono | Posted 10.26.2013 | Entertainment
Salvatore Bono

Many musicians try and find success with one band or one outlet. It is very rare that a musician can find deep success and respect with two bands. For Peter Hook, who played bass in both Joy Division and New Order, he has managed to accomplish that task.

A Real "Mensch": A Conversation With Germany's Biggest Pop Star, Herbert Grönemeyer

Mike Ragogna | Posted 01.25.2013 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

In the United States, he is mainly known for playing Lieutenant Werner in the critically acclaimed film Das Boot, not as a recording artist. That may change with the February 2012 release of his new album I Walk that features his international hit duet with Bono, "Mensch."

New Order Returns to NYC

Salvatore Bono | Posted 12.23.2012 | New York
Salvatore Bono

After seven years, the loss of a founding member, and the addition of some replacement players, New Order returned to New York City.

Here to Stay: New Order at the Fox Theater, Oakland

Kayley Kravitz | Posted 12.09.2012 | San Francisco
Kayley Kravitz

Filing out of the Fox Theater into the cool Oakland night air, I knew that I had just witnessed part of history -- an iconic group playing songs loved by millions and paying a tasteful tribute to their post-punk beginnings.

Petite Noir and South African Sounds

Gideon Resnick | Posted 11.12.2012 | Arts
Gideon Resnick

It's ironic to say the least that a musical genre incorporating anti-Apartheid messages derives its name from the language spoken by the oppressors. Nevertheless, Kwaito, which emerged in Johannesburg in the 1990s, is similar to house music with an incorporation of African sounds and samples.

Dog Ears Music: Fireworks, Independence and Road Rage Playlist

The Everlasting Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin | Posted 08.29.2012 | Entertainment
The Everlasting Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin

This week our playlist includes music by Elliott Smith, Bruce Springsteen, John Mellencamp, Portugal. The Man, Voxtrot, Joy Division and more.

Famed Bassist Vows Revenge Against Old Bandmates

Spinner | Posted 12.06.2011 | Entertainment

You said at the time there were a lot of "keyboard terrorists" on the web who weren't happy with the idea of that performance. Do you spend time readi...

Weekend Recommendations -- September 15-18

Girl at a Bar | Posted 11.15.2011 | Los Angeles
Girl at a Bar

Labor Day has come and gone, but fall doesn't officially begin until Friday, September 23rd. So before we welcome in the cool autumn breezes, here's to one last weekend of sizzling summer celebrations.

Put 10,000 Maniacs in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Dave Astor | Posted 09.09.2011 | Entertainment
Dave Astor

As I write this post, I'm sitting in The Wishing Chair. That's the name of a 10,000 Maniacs album from 1985, and also reflects my wish that the band be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. It would be a much-deserved honor.

U2 at Angel Stadium and New Sounds From Ireland's Essential Bands

S.X. Rosenstock | Posted 08.20.2011 | Los Angeles
S.X. Rosenstock

For this tour, interrupted by a back injury and successful treatment for frontman Bono, U2 appears on stage in puffs of smoke reminiscent of our infamous SoCal smog.

Bandmate Describes Rock Legend's Suicide: I Feel Guiltier Than Ever

Posted 08.14.2011 | Entertainment

Ian Curtis famously sang "Love Will Tear Us Apart," his voice haunting through radios as he rested, finally, in a grave of his own tragic making. The ...

Jill Scott's Video Exclusive, Plus Chatting With The Wombats and The Postelles, and Paleo's Latest

Mike Ragogna | Posted 07.31.2011 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

For Jill Scott's new album The Light of the Sun that will be released June 21st, here is a video with the artist and co-producer JR Hutson discussing the making of eight of its tracks followed by previews of each track.

On the Culture Front: Cut Copy Premieres New Song and The Pogues Bid Farewell to New York

Chris Kompanek | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Chris Kompanek

The Pogues bid farewell to New York on St. Patrick's Day (though sadly didn't play "Fairytale of New York") with a rousing sold out show at Terminal 5.

Peter Hook Brings Joy Division's Debut Masterpiece to Webster Hall

Salvatore Bono | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Salvatore Bono

For the first time in over 30 years, Joy Division's debut masterpiece was brought to life in America. You can thank former Joy Division and New Order bassist Peter Hook.

From No Chocolate Cake to a Reckoning: Conversations with Gin Blossoms, Luke Doucet, and Tony Lunn

Mike Ragogna | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

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Gearheads Unite: Conversations with Bachman & Turner, Plus Life is Good Concerts, and Freetime with Stars' Torquil Campbell

Mike Ragogna | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Let's talk about your new album Bachman & Turner. First of all, the music is classic, and please don't be offended by this, but much of it sounds it like classic BTO.

The Coolest Rock Songs Inspired By Literature

Times UK | Victoria Segal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Leather trousers; guitar; library card: for all rock'n'roll's upfront priapism, its back pocket has long contained a battered paperback. It might not ...

War Protesters Confront McCain In Swing-State Michigan

Dan Treul | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Dan Treul

The protesters believe we must end the occupation of Iraq and redirect spending toward human needs. "You're so old," called one to the McCain fans. "It's time to change the rules."