Music: Taking Back Sunday in the Studio

Oct 6, 2010, By Barbara Schultz

The fifth album by tuneful rockers Taking Back Sunday is a work in progress. In June, the bandmembers were in Robert Lang Studios (Seattle), writing and arranging new songs with producer/engineer Eric Valentine, who was also with them for Louder Now(2006). ...

Music: Peter Himmelman

Oct 6, 2010, By Matt Gallagher

A look at the recording of Peter Himmelman Mystery and the Hum 2010 Album ...

Music: Nellie McKay

Oct 6, 2010, By Barbara Schultz

“Where do songs come from?” Nellie McKay asks in our interview about her latest release, Home Sweet Mobile Home. Her question may be directed inward in part, but it’s not rhetorical. After making five albums—four composed of original material and one collection of Doris Day covers, Normal as Blueberry Pie—this sweet-voiced, quirky, gentle artist is still somewhat mystified by her own process. ...

Music: Michael Franti and Spearhead

Sep 22, 2010, By Blair Jackson

Offhand, Michael Franti and Spearhead would not seem to be likely candidates to land songs in the Top 20 and become a popular headliner. After all, the tall, biracial, dreadlocked, tattooed, perennially barefoot Franti has been dancing (literally) around the periphery of what we might call “popular” music since the mid-’80s. ...

Producer's Desk: Neil Kernon

Sep 9, 2010, By Bryan Reesman

Neil Kernon is a man driven by passion. He has worked with acts ranging from Queen to Hall & Oates to Cannibal Corpse, collaborating with musicians he likes, regardless of the dollar signs attached to them. Based in Chicago since 1997, the British native says he has worked on more than 500 albums, including at least 350 that he has produced. ...

Mavis Staples

Sep 9, 2010, By Barbara Schultz

The electronic press kit for Mavis Staples’ new album, You Are Not Alone (Anti, out September 14), includes video of Staples and her producer, Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy, talking about the sessions in Wilco’s Loft studio in Chicago. “This session for me was the most joyful and uplifting and spiritual,” Staples says. “I feel this was meant to be.” ...

Classic Tracks: The Smiths' "What Difference Does It Make?"

Sep 8, 2010, By Barbara Schultz

Depending on whom you ask, The Smiths were either the most important British indie band of the ’80s—bringing great guitars back to a synth-weary new-wave audience—or they were self-indulgent posers who disdained their own fans. Love them or hate them, The Smiths made quite an impression when their eponymous first album was released in 1984. ...

American Hi-Fi Rocks on in Los Angeles

Sep 8, 2010, By Matt Gallagher

In 2008, drummer/guitarist/songwriter Stacy Jones reconvened American Hi-Fi, the powerhouse pop-rock band he formed in Boston in the late ’90s, to record Fight the Frequency...

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