To Hell And Back

Metal's Inclusive Future Looks Like a Zeal & Ardor Show

Representation of diverse identities is crucial within a changing subculture that still has so far to go (Plus new tunes from Atrament, Electric Citizen, Ragana, and more).
Kim Kelly

Put Some Respect on Noname

The Chicago rapper has always been an exhaustive storyteller – brimming with narrative-driven stanzas that life in Chicago has written for her – but now the story feels like it’s completely hers.
Kristin Corry

What Ever Happened to Willis Earl Beal?

After his promising career evaporated four years ago, the songwriter disappeared. Inside an 18-month long, transatlantic journey chasing down a musician-in-exile.
Alex Robert Ross
Internet Videos Of Particular Importance

This Old Clip of Fats Domino Meeting Jools Holland Will Make You Feel Better

The cut from Holland's 1985 documentary 'Walking to New Orleans' captures a lot of what made Domino so inspiring.
Alex Robert Ross
Internet Videos Of Particular Importance

Watch Kali Uchis and Jorja Smith Own the Royal Albert Hall with “Tyrant”

Along with Songhoy Blues, their performance at the 25th anniversary of 'Later' outshone moments from Foo Fighters, Paul Weller, and Van Morrison.
Alex Robert Ross
New music

You Can Now Stream the White Stripes' Little-Heard Debut Show

Recorded live at Detroit's Gold Dollar on Bastille Day 1997.
Phil Witmer
In Memoriam

Here's to Gregg Allman, Southern Rock Superhero

Despite a long battle with substance abuse, the blues rock legend helped invent a new form of rock 'n' roll that would change the shape of music forever.
Drew Millard

An Overdue Look at Why Afro-Canadians Are Often Forgotten In Toronto's Music Narrative

"The identity of black people became a lot more of, 'oh you must be from the islands'."
Jabbari Weekes
brief histories

Ride the Feedback: A Brief History of Guitar Distortion

Or, how one of music's happiest accidents went on to shape countless careers and spawn entire genres, from rock 'n' roll to experimental noise
J. J. Anselmi

Here's a Nice Bit of Valentine's Day Metal for You True Lovers Out There

The Swiss black metal-blues project Zeal & Ardor have put out new song, "Don't You Dare", ahead of their first European tour.
Kim Kelly

Black Joe Lewis's 'Backlash' Perfects the Art of Not Giving a Crap

The Austin singer-guitarist returns with The Honeybears, flouting the neo-soul hype with an album of unapologetic, punk-tinged blues. Watch the video premiere of feminist ode "PTP" (as in, "power to the pussy") now.
Will Schube

Hanni El Khatib Announces New Album 'Savage Times,' Gets Classy with Single "This I Know"

The album will collect all his EPs from last year—plus new music—and it's out February 17.
Phil Witmer