Alkaline Trio's songwriting formula works -- Matt Skiba and Dan Andriano share vocal duties in a Jekyll-and-Hyde-like fashion, singing songs about heartache and the macabre. The band has progressed quite a bit from the tongue-in-cheek breakup anthem "Stupid Kid" from 2001's From Here to Infirmary.
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The Grammys are a huge night for music fans. While we tend to shake our head and wonder how some of these artists won (ie. "Album of the Year"), it's entertaining to watch the live performances and keep fingers crossed for our favorite artists. fun. won big last night, sweeping up the "Song of the Y ... More >>
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When you put your key in the ignition and turn on the radio, what station would play right now? KWSS 106.7 FM.
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Yesterday afternoon, the home page of the Coachella website changed to a video called "Bloom," which shows plants and art exhibits sprouting from the ground. Some look pretty creepy--did those worm/slug things 30 seconds into the video really just form a structure? At least the rest are fairly cute ... More >>
The news waits for no one -- at least that's what we read somewhere -- so it's perfectly understandable that you, the reader, might have missed out on a musical tidbit, breaking news about your favorite venue, or one of our rants.
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Even faced with seven years in prison for a political stunt pulled in the Russian Orthodox Church, feminist punks Pussy Riot shouldn't feel alone. The riot grrls' plea for the Virgin Mary to expel Vladimir Putin from the Kremlin has gained global support from musicians as varied as Madonna, Paul McC ... More >>
Lots of stories on the radio and Internet Sunday honoring what would have been the 100th birthday of iconic jazz arranger, pianist, and bandleader Gil Evans.
Evans died in 1988 at age 75 after a career that most famously included his seminal work with trumpet player Miles Davis -- Sketches of Spa ... More >>
When The Madera Strand prepared a Police set for Cover the Crescent, the band's main obstacle was finding the right pitch.
"[Sting] sings so high anyway, but I'm also an alto, so some of those notes were kind of hard to hit," says vocalist d'Averill Demetrulias in reference to "Walking on the Moon ... More >>
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When you put your key in the ignition and turn on the radio, what station would play right now? Uh, sadly, NPR but I'll switch it to 103.9 FM if the topic puts m ... More >>
Paul Simon is one of those musicians who might have actually been more successful once he went solo (ditching poor, frizzy-haired Garfunkle), and props to him for that. He's a classic storyteller. And with an album as great as Graceland, his talent is simply undeniable.But that old dog has got so ... More >>
wailers.comAston Barrett of The WailersReggae may be synonymous with island music, but it's also got a rich history right here in the deserts of Arizona. As we reported a couple years ago in our cover story on Hopi reggae artist Casper Lomayesva, reggae acts from all over the world played reserv ... More >>
Know your memes, peopleIt's not hard to tell that Valentine's Day is not for everyone. A day whose sole purpose is to celebrate love can be quite a bitch for someone who just so happens to be flying solo for the time being. But wait -- what's wrong with being single? Certain people enjoy liv ... More >>
Some Tennessee band named Kings of Leon releases their fifth album today. They were once edgy and full of youth, but all that has been replaced by a workmanlike stance on musical accomplishment and profit. Lead singer Caleb Followill is at the front of all this -- dismissing indie bands and hatin ... More >>
Hardcore fans of jam bands are a very giving, as are the bands they support. The Grateful Dead recently donated some band memorabilia to a charity auction, while Phishheads/Phans (call them what you will) have raised and distributed over $1 million for charity organizations started by fans of the ... More >>
Purple RecordsJeff Arundel has been through the ringer. Since we last heard from the Midwestern singer-songwriter, on 2005's Ghost Party, he's gone through a painful divorce, the details of which are documented in the almost uncomfortably frank, and very raw, acoustic opener."Sh ... More >>
Photo from Kane/Wireimage.So last night, Carnegie Hall was the place to be. Rolling Stone wrote a review of a star-studded benefit for the Rainforest Fund that included Sting performing a Fine Young Cannibals cover, Elton John doing an over-the-top rendition of Madonna's Like a Virgin, and the fi ... More >>