As people who think about, talk about, write about, listen to and make music, it's not surprising that the most common (and favorite) topic of conversation among us is the same: "What are you listening to right now?" Stick a quarter in us, and, boy, wouldn't you know it, off we go, on and on about t ... More >>
As music critics, the most common question we get asked (and ask each other, for that matter) is, "What are you listening to?" The pervasiveness of this query is precisely what inspired Heavy Rotation, our latest feature. For the benefit of those who happen to be curious, we've compiled a list of ... More >>
This versatile guitarist plays more than just the blues.
Be there or be square!
Get a taste of this Blue Plate Special!
The Last Waltz (Warner Bros./Rhino)
A throat cancer survivor, the Band's Levon Helm can't sing anymore -- but the beat goes on.
David Booker and the Swingtette
Thanks to an exhaustive deal with K-tel, the music of Chris Daniels and the Kings shall be released.
Backbeat contributors offer up their favorite recordings of 1999.
Swingin' Sting? Bluegrass Bruce? Rhapsodic R.E.M.? CMH Records has given Eighties faves a musical makeover.
The thrill still isn't gone for B.B. King, American royal.
Part one of a pre-millennial salute to the music that made America sing.
Denver's Boa and the Constrictors squeeze new life out of jump blues.
Blue is only one of the musical colors produced by Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown.
How the Squirrel Nut Zippers landed calypso on modern-rock radio.
AFTER THIRTY YEARS OF SKA WARS, THE SKATALITES ARE STILL FIGHTING THE GOOD FIGHT.
THE GOOD, THE BAND AND THE UGLY CHRISTMAS ALBUMS FOR 1994.