9 Alt and Indie Rockers’ Non-Rock Side Projects

Sometimes you’ve gotta rock, and sometimes you want to just do something else–preferably something as not-rock as possible. That’s where a lot of alt and/or indie rock musicians have found themselves over the years, whether or not they actually act on the impulse. Here are nine artists who did just that. … Read More

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Clubhopping Top 10: July's Essential Dance Tracks

Welcome to the Clubhopping Top 10, a monthly list of recent dance tracks that have caught us by the ears and feet (not necessarily in that order), with embeds so you can hear them for yourself. We took last month off but are raring back with a new batch of goodies, from all over the dance spectrum, from veterans like Photek to new jacks like Blawan. … Read More

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Clubhopping Top 10: May's Essential Dance Tracks

Welcome to the Clubhopping Top 10, a monthly list of recent dance tracks that have caught us by the ears and feet (not necessarily in that order), with embeds so you can hear them for yourself. Oftentimes club music is (deliberately) transitory, but this month’s selection might be the cut-for-cut catchiest we’ve offered up here. It’s almost a roll call of recent names to watch/listen to, and it points to the shape of club music right now: robust, with new talent and old in a seemingly healthy tandem. … Read More

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Clubhopping Top 10: April’s Essential Dance Tracks

Welcome to the Clubhopping Top 10, a monthly list of recent dance tracks that have caught us by the ears and feet (not necessarily in that order), with embeds so you can hear most of them for yourself. This month’s roundup includes everyone from Martyn and Mike Slott to Aeroplane and (yep) the Human League, in alphabetical order after the jump. … Read More

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Clubhopping Top 10: March’s Essential Dance Tracks

Welcome to the Clubhopping Top 10, a monthly list of dance tracks that have caught us by the ears and feet (not necessarily in that order), with embeds (or, failing that, audio clips) so you can hear most of them for yourself. This month’s roundup includes everyone from Robert Hood and Crazy P to George FitzGerald and Sepalcure, in alphabetical order after the jump. … Read More

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5 Fascinating Musical Revelations from the UCLA Pop Conference

Last week, the Pop Conference — held since 2002 at Seattle’s Experience Music Project — shifted locale to the UCLA campus. As before, the conference — a mix of accredited academics, critics and journalists pursuing pet themes, and musicians with ideas about what they and others do — featured a lot of smart talk about all kinds of pop, from the shape-shifting beats of Low End Theory (the LA club that served as the crucible for Warp Records star Flying Lotus), which served as the subject of a climactic roundtable, to the prototype minstrels of Thomas Jefferson’s time, brought to life by Ned Sublette. Here are five notable lessons from a weekend packed with them. … Read More

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A Guide to Musical Pioneers You’ve Never Heard Of

Last week, we were saddened to read that Brian Rust, the father of the modern discography, had died. Well, not initially — first, we had to find out who Brian Rust was. It’s typical: the stars get the headlines, but the technical pioneers that change things for real tend to stay in the back room. Here are ten such folks — some living, some not — who’ve helped make the world a more musical, and better, place. … Read More

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Clubhopping Top 10: February’s Essential Dance Tracks

Welcome to the Clubhopping Top 10, a monthly list of dance tracks that have caught us by the ears and feet (not necessarily in that order), with embeds (or, failing that, audio clips) so you can hear most of them for yourself. This month’s roundup includes everyone from Robert Owens and Tom Trago to Jarvis Cocker (!) and the Dirtbombs (!!), in alphabetical order after the jump. … Read More

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Clubhopping’s 10 Dance Music Artists to Watch in 2011

Two thousand and ten was as good a year for dance music as any in recent memory, not least for planting the seeds of excellent things to come. Here are ten young artists we’re particularly exciting to see and hear develop as this year progresses, on the dance floor or in our headphones. … Read More

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Clubhopping’s Top 10 Remixes of 2010

Dance music runs on remixes as much as anything — it’s where burgeoning producers and moonlighting DJs get to put their stamp on someone else’s tune (or, sometimes, a classic). And this year was an especially busy one for dance music on all fronts: stripped-town techno, bubbling bass mutations, and classicist house all brought forth lots of good records. Many of them were new tracks, straight and simple. But the collaborative projects of many artists across genre lines made for a handful of terrific moments when DNA started swapping. After the jump, our top 10 remixes of 2010, listed alphabetically by (original) artist. … Read More

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