Michael Stipe helped define the sound of college radio's first big star, the now-retired R.E.M., with a vocal approach that was often all but incomprehensible and decidedly detached. Although he turns 51 today (January 4) and later refined his style somewhat as his lyrics became more socially and ... More >>
Picking the best folk and Americana records of the year isn't nearly as hard as discarding those great records that just didn't feel right stuck in the category. Releases by Calexico and DeVotchKa felt far too worldly to pigeonhole as folk or country, for instance, while Blitzen Trapper's fantastic ... More >>
Digging below the surface to discover stellar new sounds
Exceptional new albums you should check out that reside well below the surface...
Looking for fresh new jazz? Try Scandinavia.
Boca's Cat Shell channels a classic sound with soul and savvy
Ten reasons Ween is better than your favorite band
Legendary blues guitarist John Hammond discovers the joys of songwriting
We Came to Take Your Jobs Away (Koolarrow)
Trouble: The Music of Bob Dylan (Tzadik)
A German New Waver resorts to tired old tricks.
A German new waver resorts to tired old tricks.
Europimp Tonino Carotone believes Another World Is Possible.
Domino chronicles the life of a model turned bounty hunter
Be Careful What You Wish For (Prawn Song)
This Right Here Is Buck 65 (V2)
Real Gone (Anti/Epitaph)
A killer cat steals a wonderful movie
One from the Heart Soundtrack (Sony/Legacy)
Bows + Arrows (Record Collection)
Tubthumping (remix)/Ego Tripping at the Gates of Hell (Warner Bros.)
Still feelin' it, still seein' it -- the spirit won't be denied
These are the people in your neighborhood -- and their Top Ten 2002 lists
Alice, Blood Money (Anti-)
The Gainesville band's pop-punk cup boileth over
Las Flores de la Vida (Nonesuch Records)
Punishing Kiss (Decca/Universal)
Magnolia Soundtrack, Central Avenue Sounds, Sheila Nicholls