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Internet Archive Is Now a Full Service Arcade Emulator

We are heavily indebted to The Internet Archive for hosting so much of the music we feature here on the site. It is a treasure trove of audio for acts both big and small and a great resource for discovery and, well, archiving.Sure, this feature is just one facet of the site's overall mission...

Fort Frances Condenses Sufjan Steven's Chicago To Single Instrument

Sufjan Stevens' "Chicago" earned a place of honor our our Great Chicago Mixtape. It's lush arrangement and chamber-rock sensibility makes it a distinctive choice in that playlist.But what if that was broken down, disassembled and rearranged with only a single instrument?That's what Chicago trio Fort Frances attempts to do on their cover of...

Setlist / Recap | The New Pornographers @ The Riv 11/14/14

New Pornographers have remained a mainstay in the indie-rock scene since their first release in 2000. Their sixth album, Brill Bruisers, was released this year and widely considered amongst their best, most inventive records in years.Multiple New Pornographers members have gone on to enjoy huge success outside of the band, including Neko Cases solo career...

Get Medieval: Metallica's One Performed On Instruments From Middle Ages

Six-piece Belarus-based band Stary Olsa has made a career out of performing traditional medieval music, utilizing lutes, flutes, mandolin and simplistic percussion instruments common to the medieval era (between the 5th and 15th century).Perhaps to prove their talent to an audience unfamiliar with their usual traditional style, Stary Olsa recently covered Metallicas One on...

Classic Album Covers: Animated

There seems to be no end to creative use of GIFs, but this Tumblr page takes it to a new level -- animating classic album covers.Clearly he is a fan of metal and hard rock, but JB also nails some of the classics, bringing motion and life to album artwork in incredibly creative ways....

Review / Photos / Stream / Download: David Grisman & Del McCoury @ City Winery 11/16/14

Words & Photos: Alex WoodFor a short tour, David Grisman and Del McCoury are celebrating a friendship and musical partnership lasting more than 50 years. The City Winery performance felt informal, as though two friends were looking back at the wild ride their bluegrass careers had taken them on, sharing stories and jokes while running through...

Setlist: Del & Dawg @ City Winery 11/16/14

We'll have a bit more from this show featuring the combined talents of Del McCoury and David Grisman soon, but wanted to publish the setlist and a nice video of "New River Train" from a show the duo performed earlier this week.City Winery - November 16, 20141.) Rabbit In The Log2.) Shackles And Chains3.) East Virginia...

Setlist / Recap / Photos / Video | Peter Hook & The Light @ Metro 11/14/14

Photos & Reporting: Heidi PetersAn excited Friday night crowd was met by Metro owner Joe Shanahan, who came onstage to introduce the band -- celebrating the fact the Peter Hook first appeared with New Order at The Metro (then Cabaret Metro) in 1983, within the first year of Metro opening its doors.Metro is a venue...

David Byrne: As Thoughtful As You'd Think About Manilow's Dead Musician Duets

David Byrne is a man who knows how to use words in a creative and thought-provoking way, a point made obvious by both his lyrics and his imaginative, reflective journal posts.It should come as no surprise, then, that Byrnes review of the new Barry Manilow record for The Talkhouse reads nothing like your typical...

Stream or Download: Ryan Adams Covers Sonic Youth, Grateful Dead @ Lollapalooza 2006

2006 was a key year for Ryan Adams. The productive songwriter released three albums the year before, Cold Roses, Jacksonville City Nights, and 29, and toured with the Cardinals in support of the new material. The tour found the band in great form and included a stop at Lollapalooza.For their festival set, the band started strong,...