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The Eddie Van Halen Prism: Tracing His Impact Through His Influences and Disciples

11 days ago
​From classical and Clapton to the shredders who followed in his wake, the Van Halen guitarist was a turning point for the instrument. We trace his legacy by surveying the sounds that inspired him and the mark he left on those who took his influenc... more info

Patty Smyth Revises Her Interpretation of Tom Waits’ “Downtown Train”

31 days ago
​33 years after releasing her version of the track (and two years before Rod Stewart’s hit cover), Smyth discusses why she revisited the song, shares some fond train memories, and how the music business has changed the way it treats women. more info

Author Ken McNab Sheds Light on the Beatles’ Tumultuous Final Year

59 days ago
​The Scottish journalist discusses his book And In the End: The Last Days of the Beatles, which carefully reconstructs the events of 1969 and the series of gradual cause-and-effect relationships that tore apart the world’s biggest band. more info

Rumer Revitalizes the Hugh Prestwood Songbook on ‘Nashville Tears’

73 days ago
​The English musician discusses her interpretations of 15 songs by the Texas-born songwriter, whose work has been tackled by Judy Collins, Randy Travis, Trisha Yearwood, Jimmy Buffett, and Alison Krauss. more info

Creed Bratton Wants to Heal You

95 days ago
​The healing power of music has been at the forefront of musician and actor Creed Bratton’s mind. On his new album, Slightly Altered, he delivers a new set of originals along with a fresh take on a song by his old band, the Grass Roots. more info

Chris Frantz of Talking Heads and Tom Tom Club Shares Tales From His (Mostly) Upbeat Memoir

108 days ago
​From strange encounters with Lou Reed and Patti Smith to touring with the Ramones in 1977 to finding the love of his life in bandmate Tina Weymouth, Frantz packs a lot into Remain in Love. He also gives a crucial omelet recipe. more info

Matt Sharp Takes the Rentals on an Unexpectedly Personal Journey to Outer Space

122 days ago
​The Rentals mastermind and former Weezer bassist discusses how the creation of his new album, Q36, led to him mentally leaving Earth as both a means of escapism and examination. more info

Teddy Thompson Lives in the Moment on ‘Heartbreaker Please’

157 days ago
​The singer-songwriter talks about producing his latest album himself, why it’s important to not be too good of a musician, and the time he took his mother—folk-rock legend Linda Thompson—to a particularly fantastic Stevie Wonder show. more info

Inside Thomas Gabriel Fischer’s Avant-Metal Requiem That Took Decades and Multiple Bands to Complete

164 days ago
Its creation spanned over 30 years, carried across the bands Celtic Frost and Triptykon, and outlasted one of its composers. Fischer discusses maintaining a consistent tone across such a wide time span, why the requiem was so important to finish, and... more info

Saturday Night & Sunday Morning: Remembering Little Richard

168 days ago
​Mark Deming explores how the dichotomy at the heart of Little Richard’s character made him an eye-grabbing, incendiary performer and personality who helped give rock & roll its flashiness and intensity, albeit one sometimes conflicted about his ... more info

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