In the winter of 1970, Neil Young played a series of solo shows at a small club in Washington, DC. It was a place called The Cellar Door, a room that closed its doors in 1981. The 200 person club played host to many artists that we would now consider legendary, names like Jackson Browne, Richie Havens, Joni Mitchell, Tom Waits, and Neil Young.
As the year winds down there's still time to dig a little deeper into an album from one of music's fastest rising stars, Haim. Three sisters from Los Angeles, Este, Danielle and Alana Haim just released their debut but their careers as musicians started at a young age.
It's refreshing to hear a big time rock star put their mainstream ambitions aside in favor of a passion project. It's even more exciting when the results are as welcoming as the new collaboration between Billie Joe Armstrong and Norah Jones.
As the Texas based band Midlake were in the middle of recording a new album last year, their frontman Tim Smith decided to part ways. At a crossroads such as that, most bands would probably decide to call it quits.
Chances are you've come across the work of Jonathan Wilson, even if his name doesn't ring familiar right away. He's been a staple of the revitalized Laurel Canyon music scene out in California. His work as a producer can be heard on records from artists like Dawes, Chris Robinson of The Black Crowes, and Father John Misty.
Seattle's The Head and The Heart claimed success with their debut album in almost storybook fashion. After self-releasing the album, the band's hometown label Sub Pop Records stepped in to sign the band and essentially re-release the album under a bigger umbrella.
Celebrate the release of Reflektor, the new double-album from Arcade Fire. Much of the album was recorded in secrecy over the last few years, and even less than a week from its release still much of the music has yet to be heard. So this week rather than our typical review, we'll preview what to expect from one of the year's most highly anticipated records, Reflektor.
With each Dr. Dog record there is an immediate reminder of why we became fans, yet also that inspiration you get from a band that continues to search for new and interesting ways to make music. For over a decade the Philadelphia band has been putting out albums and their latest, B-Room, is as consistent as it is adventurous.