Review: Jerry Garcia’s ‘Before the Dead’ Is a Fascinating Origin Story

Among the buried treasures on Before the Dead, the most comprehensive collection of music Jerry Garcia learned and played prior to the formation of his most famous band, is a casual moment from 1961. At a 16th birthday party for his girlfriend, Garcia and his new pal and fellow would-be troubadour Robert Hunter are heard singing and playing traditional, non-pop tunes. After a

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10 New Albums to Stream Now: Beach House, Jerry Garcia and More Editors’ Picks

ALBUM OF THE WEEK: Beach House, 7
"This is the least introverted record Beach House have ever made; it'll still blow your mind with candles lit and headphones on, but it's the first time they've sounded like a band you might want to hear at a party with more than one guest,"

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Review: Brent Cobb’s ‘Providence Canyon’ Is an Earthy, Idiosyncratic Nashville Gem

Clichés are clichés for a reason, goes the cliché – as Brent Cobb demonstrates in the title track to his latest LP, a tribute to throwing a cooler in your ride and heading down to a sacred spot to chill. That's the upshot of countless ham-handed country-radio anthems. But here, carefully-distilled acoustic and steel guitars sparkle, a Hammond B3 sighs over a loping beat and Cobb's exacting

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Review: Ry Cooder’s ‘The Prodigal Son’ Is a Politicized Roots Refurbishing

Guitar virtuoso Ry Cooder has spent the majority of his 50-year career as one of the country's most vital communal historians and champions of roots music, illuminating and reanimating everything from bolero to bluegrass. Over the past decade or so, Cooder has also emerged out of his group of Sixties and Seventies contemporaries as one of folk music's preeminent polemicists, channeling Occupy

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Inside Cumbia’s New Wave: How Raymix, Becky G Are Updating a Classic Genre

Edmundo Gómez Moreno spent 11 months as a project manager and systems engineer helping NASA build nano-satellites in Mexico. But in 2015, he could not find a job in the U.S. "I had letters of support from NASA, from the Mexican consulate, the managers from Lockheed Martin, all stating my expertise, but nobody was calling me," he remembers. "I said to God, 'what is happening?'"

God was

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Review: Charlie Puth’s ‘Voicenotes’ Is Warm R&B Nostalgia

An R&B direction is a tried-and-true way for young, mostly white pop stars to give their more clean-cut personas more edge. Charlie Puth is the latest to try this route, and while his efforts on Voicenotes are valiant, he still has a bit more work to prove he can cut his teeth with the Justin Timberlakes and the Nick Jonases of that over-saturated world.

Recorded entirely

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