We all dream of finding fame and fortune in our chosen fields, but when people actually do get rich and famous, they often discover that money can't buy happiness, or love, or whatever it is the Beatles were singing about. What's the answer, then? God? Meditation? E-meter auditing? When musicians ge ... More >>
There's nothing wrong with cover songs. In fact, before Sam Cooke and the Beatles shifted the established paradigms, singer and songwriter were two entirely separate professions. And there's also nothing wrong with a musician recording a cover album in the twilight of their career (Johnny Cash's Ame ... More >>
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With the dearth of new releases this week, it seems like the media industries think we should all get out of the house a little in the summer, or they don't like releasing anything new. What they don't know is that it's too damn hot outside, and nobody with any sense really wants to go out th ... More >>
Over the next couple of weeks, Backbeat will feature some Top Ten lists from around the Village Voice Media chain. Click here for previous year-in-review coverage from Backbeat and VVM. Picking the best folk and Americana records of the year isn't nearly as hard as discarding those great records t ... More >>
The Lone Wolves of 2005
A blues enthusiast digs up the backstory on some red-hot mamas.
The Yeah Yeah Yeahs get swept up in the rock-is-back movement.
Seeking memories and meaning, Elvis fans flock to Memphis.
Don't label Sixteen Horsepower; just listen to them.
Stumbling down memory lane with the late Lester Bangs.
Sleater-Kinney is a critic's favorite that makes music you might actually enjoy.
Robbie Robertson digs into his past so he can move into the future.
Teen sensation Ben Lee already knows how to act like a rock star.