Our 15 Most Anticipated Albums of 2015

Monday, December 29, 2014 at 5:00 AM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music Now that we’ve ranked the albums that rocked us in 2014, we’re ready to move on to the bounty that’s coming in 2015. Indie fans are going to be blessed with new tunes from Belle & Sebastian, the Decemberists and Death Cab for Cutie. Big names like Bjork and Adele are expected to drop their latest creations. And reunions by the Juliana Hatfield Three and Sleater-Kinney are on our must list. Check out what’s got... READ MORE

Beyonce and the New Era of Music Videos

Sunday, December 15, 2013 at 11:28 PM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music "Pretty Hurts" still courtesy Melina Matsoukas Where were you at the stroke of midnight EST on Friday, December 13, 2013? For once, us homebodies were rewarded for our introverted ways, gifted by one of the ultimate extroverts in pop. This generation will remember its exact location and emotion when it first saw Beyoncé's self-titled album. That's right: saw the album. As everyone and their grandma knows by now, Mrs. Carter stealthily released her fifth solo collection... READ MORE

If Musicians Were Top iPhone Apps

Sunday, June 2, 2013 at 1:27 PM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music In celebrating its billionth download, iTunes recently announced its top 25 downloaded apps of all time. Many of them have been thoroughly used by musicians and artists in reaching out directly to fans. But sometimes the rock star is so like the app in personality that we found it fitting to wonder: What if musicians were the top iPhone apps? We paired 10 movers and shakers with their most astonishingly similar digital counterparts. 10. Google... READ MORE

Coachella Picks 2013

Friday, April 5, 2013 at 3:57 PM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music Just a week away from the holy music pilgrimage to the desert that is the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. It's this writer's 14th year attending (Jesus. That's a lot of sun-drenched rockin'), and the excitement is just as palpable as it was when I first attended at age 16. This year's lineup is so ridiculously good I almost popped a vein trying to decide which five acts to include in my essentials... READ MORE

A-grade B-side albums

Monday, October 22, 2012 at 3:15 PM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music It's a miracle enough when a regular album flows cohesively and tells a story. But when a collection of rarities and b-sides from an artist's entire career gels like the "real" thing, it's utterly divine. Benjamin Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie is the latest bard to pull off this feat with Former Lives (Barsuk). Though compiled from scraps of unfinished works not suitable for his main gig or his lauded side project,... READ MORE