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First Listen: Josh Ritter, ‘Gathering’


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Ritter's ninth album rose out of a prolific songwriting binge, and it shows in the breadth of sounds and stories on display. [Read More]


Mavis Staples Wonders, ‘If All I Was Was Black’


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Mavis Staples is in her eighth decade of singing. She began performing spiritual music as a child in the 1940s and then traveled across the country with her family on the gospel circuit as part of The Staple Singers. Along… [Read More]


St. Vincent Announces New Album ‘Masseduction,’ Releases New Single ‘Los Ageless’


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This morning, St. Vincent released the details about her new album, a new single, and held a press conference in a display of media wrangling prowess. [Read More]


Walter Becker Was A Master Of Musical Understatement


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If pop music is a constant tug of war between the reassuringly familiar and the jolt of the modernist new, the Steely Dan guitarist's gift was the ability to hit both extremes at once. [Read More]


Amplified And Orbital: Queens Of The Stone Age’s Josh Homme On Living In The Moment


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The band's frontman and founder talks to Kelly McEvers about being "a now-ist," working with Mark Ronson and Iggy Pop and the dancey sound on the band's new record, Villains. [Read More]


Glen Campbell, Country Music Legend, Is Dead At 81


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Singer, guitarist and Country Music Hall of Famer Glen Campbell has died after a very public struggle with Alzheimer's disease. He was 81. [Read More]


Country Music And Brain Research Come Together At Nashville Summer Camp


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Researchers in Nashville are tapping into a country music camp to learn more about Williams Syndrome, a rare genetic disorder. Many people who have it love music but don't know why. [Read More]


The Songs Of Sylvan Esso, Like You’ve Never Heard Them Before


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NOTE: Each day this week we’ll be rolling out a series of videos from Sylvan Esso that comprise the duo’s upcoming visual EP, Echo Mountain Sessions. Sylvan Esso has always been a duo, featuring the beats and electronics of Nick… [Read More]


Linkin Park Singer Chester Bennington Dead At 41


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One of the lead singers of the band Linkin Park, which found great success in the early-2000s, died today in Los Angeles. [Read More]


Children Of ‘The Con’


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In the summer of 2007, on the second-to-last Tuesday in July, Tegan and Sara Quin sat perched on a fulcrum. To one side lay a respectable catalog four albums deep, on which songwriting and production ideas wrung from new wave… [Read More]