The late advice columnist's humor and tart tongue endeared her to musicians as well as advice-seekers.
Red Baraat makes a high-octane sound drawing from Punjabi rhythms, New Orleans brass and New York hip hop. Hear the upcoming album from the "Brooklyn Bhangra" band until release on Jan 22nd.
Sean Lennon teams up with Deehoof's Greg Saunier for a new experimental-psych project called Mystical Weapons.
This week our Check Ahead is something you can read! Get a glimpse into the new book from Jonathan Cott, called Dinner With Lenny: The Last Long Interview With Leonard Bernstein. It's a frank, passionate, and at times salty conversation with the late composer, conductor and educator.
The Philadelphia-based retro-rock band Free Energy returns on Jan. 15, with its sophomore album, Love Sign. Listen to our premiere of the hooky song, "Girls Want Rock."
Soundcheck producers Gretta Cohn and Joel Meyer share some of their answers to the 2012 Music Survey -- and they nearly come to fisticuffs over K-pop star Psy and his megahit "Gangnam Style." Plus, they discuss some favorites of the year, from R&B singer Miguel, southern metal stalwarts Mastodon and more.
Soundcheck producer Gretta Cohn shares her favorite music of year.
The Brazilian cellist and vocalist Dom La Nena makes her debut amidst a collage of home movies and Super 8 footage. Watch a premiere of her video for "No Meu Pais."
Hear the new album from Hortlax Cobra -- a.k.a. John Eriksson of Swedish pop trio Peter, Bjorn and John -- a tribute to Van Halen's classic 1984.
A remix is a remix is a remix. Unless it’s the German composer Nils Frahm reworking the Australian dance music duo The Presets. Listen to the premiere of the track "Promises."
The 20-year-old British singer-songwriter Lewis Watson is an unfamiliar name to American audiences -- but that may be about to change. Download the song "Even If" from his new EP, Another Four Sad Songs.
Super Hi-Fi's debut album Dub To The Bone will stream exclusively on our site through its release on December 4, 2012. Listen to the adventurous new album from Brooklyn's own trombone-heavy Afro-dub band.
Hear one band's take on the first "single" from Beck's upcoming sheet music collection.
Folk-rockers meet the zombie apocalypse in this exclusive video premiere from Brooklyn trio Pearl And The Beard.
There are twelve months in a year, but only eight songs on Azita's Year. Listen to the new album from the avant-pop pianist and songwriter in this week's Check Ahead.
Hear an exclusive premiere of the upcoming album from the New York disco band Midnight Magic. Their debut full-length, Walking The Midnight Streets, is collection of funk, soul, and psychedelic dance tracks. Listen through November 13th.
For nearly fifteen years, Jon DeRosa has written and recorded ambient works and sometimes shoegazey instrumental soundscapes under the name Aarktica. [Full disclosure: I contributed to one of those albums, years ago]. Now, he's shed the pseudonym and stepped up to the mic. The Danzig-loving songwriter presents like a post-punk Sinatra on his new album A Wolf In Preacher's Clothes -- a record that was self-released last year, and is now getting wider distribution. But this musical shift is not as dramatic a turn as it sounds.
On songs like "Snow Coffin," -- featuring cellist Julia Kent -- DeRosa crafts brooding arrangements under a noir storytelling sensibility. And with lyrics like "Got a knife, got a hunting blade too...Not much time before she awakes in my snow coffin tonight," DeRosa tells a chilling tale of wintry violence with a disarming sweetness.
This is the time of year where we are barraged with an onslaught of new holiday albums, but Tracey Thorn's Tinsel And Lights proves to be an inventive take on the theme, featuring originals and rearranged songs from Sufjan Stevens, The White Stripes and more. Hear the album its entirety until its release on Oct. 30.
Listen to an exclusive full album stream of the highly anticipated upcoming album from the San Diego indie rock duo. What has changed over five years? Not much -- which, at its core, is the beauty of Pinback. This Is (still) A Pinback CD.
San Francisco-based band Rupa And The April Fishes is led by singer-songwriter and practicing physician Rupa Marya, who sings in a multitude of languages -- from Hindi to Tzotzil to French. But on the group's new album, BUILD, the prevailing language is one of social change. We bring you an exclusive full-album stream through October 2nd.