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  • 5 years ago

    The signs of Christmas are all around us: The air has turned chilly, Starbucks has resumed serving gingerbread lattes in seasonal red cups and countless recording artists have released holiday albums. This year's crop contains some diverse offerin...

  • 6 years ago

    There are few universal truths in rock and roll, but here's a widely accepted dictum: It sucks to be an opening band. If you're lucky, the headliner's fans will ignore you and let you play in peace. If you're not so lucky, the crowd will talk over...

  • 6 years ago

    When Incubus hit the national stage in the mid-'90s, the California quintet sounded like kissing cousins to 311 — mainly because both bands shared a love of spacey grooves, loud guitars and turntable-based samples. Since the turn of the mill...

  • 6 years ago

    The Strokes have been on hiatus since 2006, but if the band's members keep making great records on the side, the New York quintet needn't hurry back to the studio. Guitarist Albert Hammond Jr.'s first two albums were little slices of California po...

  • 6 years ago

    That Robin Thicke could become a top name in R&B is proof anything's possible in the magical world of pop music. A clean-cut white boy with a pop-culture family tree (he's the son of Growing Pains paterfamilias Alan), Thicke nonetheless ...

  • 7 years ago

    The Toasters bill themselves as the U.S.'s ­longest-running ska band, which, given the ups and downs of the genre's popularity on these shores, is a little like winning a tallest midget contest. Still, the New York band paved the way for count...