10 Best Alternative Albums of 2016

It proved to be a wildly diverse year for alternative and indie music. While artists such as Angel Olsen and Car Seat Headrest turned in some of the best guitar-based records of 2016, a slew of musicians, including Bon Iver and ANOHNI, dove headfirst into cutting-edge electronics and synthesizers. There’…

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10 Best Rock Albums of 2016

It was a year of triumph and tragedy for rock ‘n’ roll. While we lost legends in David Bowie and Leonard Cohen, who each gave us records that rank alongside their ’70s classics. Luckily, the genre’s future is looking bright as young outfits like Kaleo, DOROTHY and The Temperance…

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Michael Kiwanuka's Sublime Folk Soul

When Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings unveiled 100 Days, 100 Nights in 2007, the album’s success, critically and commercially, ignited an explosion in retro soul that has given us some of the most thrilling sounds of the last decade. Granted, the idea of a music movement rooted in the…

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7 Albums to Rock Your Week

With all due respect to Mumford & Sons, it’s The Avett Brothers who deserve the bulk of the credit for returning folk rock to the pop masses. Long before “Little Lion Man” became a hit, the bearded pioneers from North Cackalacky were busy churning out nearly an album a…

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Letlive: L.A. Soul Punks Rail for Justice

The recent unveiling of Prophets of Rage has been met with near universal excitement. It’s damn near impossible not to interpret this positive reaction as a loud — and clear — sign that modern rock fans are craving revolutionary music through which they can channel their frustration with the current sociopolitical…

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13 Reasons You Should Listen to Jake Bugg

Four tumultuous years after his debut rocketed to No. 1 on the U.K. charts, the scruffy wunderkind from Nottingham may be older and wiser, yet he’s no less defiant. The making of his third album, *On My One*, was a long and hard journey riddled with rumors and…

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