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Brittany Howard Drops a (rockin’) Bomb with Thunderbitch

Fans who were disappointed in the more esoteric twists and turns Alabama Shakes’ latest album, Sound & Color, took will be more than a little pleased to tune in to frontwoman Brittany Howard’s surprise self-release under the moniker Thunderbitch. Dropped without any preamble on September 1, the album’s 10 tracks  showcase Howard unleashing her best. Her full-throttle vocals careen and[…]

Amy Winehouse & Nina Simone

Nina & Amy: Lost in Time

Roughly a month ago, and within 2 weeks of each other a pair of movies were released that explored the tumultuous and troubled lives of world famous singers – Nina Simone and Amy Winehouse. While their bodies of work are drastically different in size and scope, the impact their music had is not. In this post, we’ll look at the[…]

Lollapalooza 2015

20 Greatest Lollapalooza Performances

The original alt-rock festival began as an all-stops-out farewell tour for Jane’s Addiction, but frontman and festival architect Perry Farrell was eager to grant it a life of its own. In over two decades since that first 1991 tour, Lollapalooza has produced brilliant, disappointing, bizarre, and disastrous performances. We can only hope that this year, with a 140-artist lineup featuring[…]

glamour and squalor

The Glamour and the Squalor – Interview with Marco Collins

The seeds for the documentary based on Collins’ life, The Glamour and the Squalor, were sown in 2011, on the occasion of The End’s 20th anniversary. To mark the occasion, former DJs were invited back on air to talk a little about the station’s history and share behind-the-scenes stories about their time there. As usual, Marco had the best stories.[…]

Chris Ballew Kids Songs

Musical Transcendence for Parents & Kids

Our friend Chris Ballew is our guest editor this week. He sent this family-focused piece while on a trip to Japan, just in time for Father’s day! In it, he discusses the transcendent power of music shared between parents and children. He also shared this fantastic playlist to let our readers hear some of the sounds behind his inspiration.   The[…]