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The Aardvark: The Fresh-Maker

A new look for the Aardvark is on the way. The longtime rock-scene staple is undergoing a facelift that owner Danny Weaver expects to...

Maynard Ferguson

Maynard Ferguson’s career spanned nearly six decades, from the late 1940s until his death last year, during which he had star turns as a...

Paul McCartney

Paul McCartney Memory Almost Full (Mercury) On a first, casual listen, Paul McCartney’s new Memory Almost Full seems rather ordinary. Second and subsequent listens...

Paula Cole

If you were a member of a gay gym circa 1998, it’s unclear which one of two hits — seemingly played on a continuous...

The Black Keys

The bloozy garage-rock duo known as The Black Keys — singer-guitarist Dan Auerbach and drummer Patrick Carney — are town-proud: specifically, of their hometown...

Fair to Midland

During the first notes of “Dance of the Manatee,” the opening track on Fair to Midland’s new disc, Fables from a Mayfly: What I...

Moonlight Drive — and Ambition

The 22-year-old singer-songwriter who prefers to be known only as Sierra (or, better yet, Sierra Lives on the Moon) feels very old. More concerned...

A Music-Lover’s Manifesto

I'm worried. There's this book out now by famed socio-economist Francis Fukuyama that confirms everything I've feared about hipster retro-culture. See, as technology makes possible...

The Mag 7

There’s this one episode of Beverly Hills 90210 in which Brandon, Brenda, and the gang bring their rayon shirts, sideburns, and bi-level eye sockets,...

Wayyy Back Home

The five members of the Fort’s hyper-melodic and grooving Green River Ordinance are all in their early 20s, and three of them dropped out...