A young Oklahoman with Pentecostal roots looks at apocalypse from surprising angles, in music ranging from rockabilly to blues.
A young Toronto-based producer plunders the riches of the animated science fiction classic Akira to create a sweeping sonic experience.
The Archers of Loaf and Crooked Fingers frontman keeps his rough edges and wit in a charming, impressionistic meditation on America.
Watch the singer and violinist who stood out from 6,000-plus entries in NPR’s Tiny Desk Contest. Gaelynn Lea performs two of these four songs with fellow Duluth, Minn., musician Alan Sparhawk of Low.
The American Primitive-style acoustic guitarist makes albums that fit together beautifully, working together rather than merely occupying the same piece of vinyl.
The rock legend’s new album with Queens Of The Stone Age’s Josh Homme is all sharp angles, hard muscles and decadent ecstasy.
Jurado finishes a trilogy of albums with a sprawling, 17-song story arc that leaves loose ends while remaining anchored in gorgeous songwriting and lush, layered indie-folk arrangements.
Growing up in a family of vocalists, Rich Trent didn’t always know he could sing. “I sang for my girlfriend in high school, and…
On Prosthesis, bandleader Mark Ryan indulges some of his obsessions: vaguely sci-fi-influenced, tightly wound rock ‘n’ roll, set off by dual drummers and portentous electronics.
As rapturous as the band’s second album feels in its catchiest moments, it’s all in service to songs that touch on the dueling bittersweet experiences of love.
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Subtlety and nuance are more easily found in minimalism than excess. Brushy One String’s sound is made by one big fat E-string and a rich, powerful voice.
Meg Baird leads a supergroup with the skills, the background and the vision to play dark acid-folk for a modern generation.
On his eighth solo album, the singer and multi-instrumentalist crafts a warm, thoughtful mood piece, buoyed by guest stars but desolate where necessary.
The Twin Cities band’s roiling, hands-on electronic music hews between dance fare that could catalyze a club and slower new-wave sounds.
Almost 25 years into its career, the stalwart power-pop band seems like an inexhaustible force on its eighth album, which smartly juxtaposes the epic and the everyday.
On her new album, Thao Nguyen and her band sound emboldened and unafraid to delve into some heavy, nervy stuff.
Bands don’t typically get to play the Tiny Desk more than once, but Wilco is a natural exception. Watch the group perform “The Joke Explained” and three songs from its late-’90s catalog.
Shadowed by death and encased in digital production, the duo’s fourth and final album is nonetheless warm and beautiful, and by no means mired in gloom.
The London grunge-pop band may not make the rules, but it knows just how to tweak them for maximum emotional resonance.