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Sean O’Hagan, indie music’s arranger extraordinaire, applies his unique combination of bouncy plucked bass, vibraphone and lush string arrangements with bold, broad strokes on Can Cladders, the new record from his band The High Llamas. Can Cladders absorbs...

Sunday, 07 January 2007
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When most people think of James Brown, they think of the musical legacy he left behind. Of being the “Godfather of Soul” and making that music into a militant sound BASSed on rhythm called Funk. Of his dancing and excellence in performance. But when I think...

Sunday, 07 January 2007
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It’s hard to endure the dead of winter—regardless of your location—and not feel the need for some music that let’s you just chill out and relax. The outdoors is overrated anyway. During one of those moments when the inside is where it's at,...

Friday, 05 January 2007
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For Snoop Dogg, nothing comes easy—even starting a youth football league. New York-based Natural Resources Media & Technology Group has filed suit against the rapper's Snoop Youth Football League Foundation, alleging the foundation made a deal for a...

Friday, 05 January 2007
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The Shins have unveiled the first leg of their tour in support of their upcoming Sub Pop album, "Wincing the Night Away." The trek will begin Feb. 8 in Minneapolis and continue through Feb. 25 in London, with more shows to be announced. "Wincing" is...

Friday, 05 January 2007
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LONDON, England (Reuters) — The British pop chart will undergo one of the biggest shake-ups since its inception 54 years ago on Sunday when any song downloaded from the Internet will be able to compete for the number one single spot. Up to now, only songs which...

Friday, 05 January 2007
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Annuals have been popping up on all sorts of year end lists for their debut Be He Me. So now it's time to see if that youthful exuberance that bubbles all over the record will translate to the stage. I don't see how it couldn't. There's billions of...

Thursday, 04 January 2007
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Last we heard from the Cold War Kids, they were formulating some crazy-ass scheme to play weekly residencies on both coasts. Well, apparently that's not enough for the fans, those demanding bastards. So the boys have gone and scheduled a cross country tour that...

Thursday, 04 January 2007
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Call me crazy, but when I was growing up I always thought the one irreplaceable member of a band was the lead singer. I don’t really think the statement needs much clarification but it can be said, they’re generally the iconic symbol of any band. You may go...

Thursday, 04 January 2007
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After a year and a half of relentless touring in support of The Fire in Our Throats Will Beckon the Thaw, critical instru-metal darlings Pelican are putting the finishing touches on their upcoming album, City of Echoes. Recorded in Steve Albini's famed Electrical...

Thursday, 04 January 2007
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