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Blame the Knack: 8 Essentials of the Fake New Wave Feeding Frenzy

So, you know how all those left-field undie rock bands got signed to major labels in the '90s alt-goldrush wake of "Smells Like Teen Spirit,"
Chuck Eddy / April 26, 2013

Merchandise, ‘Totale Night’ (Night People)

Merchandise are a pair of mild-mannered twentysomethings recording in their house in Tampa (well, actually, three guys on record, and now even sorta four since…
Chuck Eddy / April 3, 2013

Silver Connections: 8 Essentials of Eurodisco

As disco first evolved in the U.S., it was largely R&B-based music, carrying over Motown and Philly International assembly-line slickness, gospel ecstasy, Southern soul grit,…
Chuck Eddy / March 29, 2013

Review: Ashley Monroe, ‘Like a Rose’

Ashley Monroe and Kacey Musgraves are both Tom Petty fans, and they both covered '30s cowgirl queen Patsy Montana when they were kids (Monroe in…
Chuck Eddy / March 12, 2013

Superrappin’: 8 Essential Oldest-School Rap Albums

No one knows exactly when rap started. Maestros like Kool Herc and Grandmaster Flash imported sound-system basics to the Bronx from the Caribbean through the…
Chuck Eddy / February 22, 2013

Mindy McCready: When the Angels Stopped Watching

Mindy McCready opened her first album — also her first single, and ultimately one of her biggest hits — tempted by the devil. She'd been…
Chuck Eddy / February 19, 2013

Voivod, ‘Target Earth’ (Century Media)

So you know how heavy metal supposedly, suddenly, got all avant-garde and high-IQ in the past few years, enabling its embracement by the hippest of…
Chuck Eddy / January 26, 2013

Misty Mountain Pop: 8 Essentials of British Folk Rock

The British folk-rock boom that began in the late 1960s, in retrospect, was inevitable. You'd had American folksingers and roots bands, starting with Dylan, going…
Chuck Eddy / January 25, 2013

Kleeer Channel: Unsung R&B Bands of the 1980s

The most radical turn in rhythm & blues history occurred in the early 1980s: the shift away from self-contained bands who carried their road sound…
Chuck Eddy / December 6, 2012

Ke$ha, ‘Warrior’ (RCA)

Forget the Mayan calendar: Ke$ha Rose Sebert more likely picked up her last-days fetish while growing up on her songwriter mom's food stamps among dispensationalist…
Chuck Eddy / December 3, 2012

M/A/R/R/S Attacks!: 8 Essentials of Plunderphonic House

Like a lot of things during that weird pre-Nirvana window when disposable cassettes were retailers' favorite format, a prevalent turn-of-the-'90s prediction about our sonic future…
Chuck Eddy / November 8, 2012

Strange Brew: Metal’s New Obsession With Witchcraft, Biker Blues, and Tina Turner

The last thing heavy metal needs is another witch hunt. But there's no doubt that cult and occult values from the era of brown-acid rock…
Chuck Eddy / October 17, 2012

Designed to Kill: 8 Essentials of ZE Records

By the end of the '70s, disco was turning rockier (think Prince, or Donna Summer's "Hot Stuff") new wave was turning dancier (think the B-52's,…
Chuck Eddy / September 27, 2012

Mumford and Sons, ‘Babel’ (Gentlemen of the Road/Glassnote)

The first album Marcus Mumford ever paid attention to, he has said, was Slow Train Coming, which came out in 1979, eight years before he…
Chuck Eddy / September 24, 2012

Bring It On: 8 Essential Teen-Pop Soundtracks

"What do you do with a soundtrack?" James Hunter wondered 27 years ago in "Start Making Sense," a Village Voice roundup. "You listen to it…
Chuck Eddy / August 8, 2012

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