Music Features

TAS SXSW Preview: Tennis

February 25, 2011|Kara Manning
Read: A chat with Tennis.

TAS SXSW Preview: Sharon Van Etten

February 18, 2011|Kara Manning

Singer and songwriter Sharon Van Etten quietly released one of the more extraordinary albums of the last year, the mutable...

Laurie Anderson: 2010

September 29, 2010|Kara Manning

Genre-defying musician and theatrical innovator Laurie Anderson has been one of New York's most influential artists...

The Walkman's Hamilton Leithauser in Studio A

TAS in Session: The Walkmen

September 20, 2010|Kara Manning
Watch and read: The Walkmen in session.
Lawrence Arabia, Chant Darling album cover

TAS in Session: Lawrence Arabia

May 24, 2010|Kara Manning

New Zealand's punchy popsters Lawrence Arabia, who will be touring with Crowded House this summer, dropped by Studio A...

Tim Teeling

TAS in Session: Shearwater

May 17, 2010|Alisa Ali

Shearwater began as a side project of Okkervil River members Will Sheff and Jonathan Meiburg. Over time the two decided to...

Dr. Dog (photo courtesy of ANTI-, PR)

Dr. Dog's Toby Leaman

May 10, 2010|Kara Manning

Philadelphia's own grass roots rockers Dr. Dog released their sixth album Shame, Shame last month. The Alternate Side caught...

Monsters of Folk's Jim James and M. Ward

November 18, 2009|Alisa Ali
Listen: Studio session with Alisa Ali
Norah Jones (photo by Danny Clinch, PR)

Norah Jones: Five Essential Willie Nelson Songs

August 16, 2017|Kara Manning
The friend and fellow Texan narrows down the Willie catalogue.
Original photo by Larry Philpot, via Wikimedia Commons

Willie Nelson

August 14, 2017|Laura Fedele
Willie Nelson made it okay to be a freak, not just in country music but in life. [Playlist]
Joe Jackson (PR photo by Frank Veronsky)

Joe Jackson

August 07, 2017|Kara Manning
An artist of endless elasticity and restless genius. [Playlist]
Press photo from the 1999 No Exit album on Beyond Records


July 31, 2017|Kara Manning
Downtown ambassadors from the '70s who've never abandoned what made them great. [Playlist]
Tom Petty

Tom Petty

July 24, 2017|Kara Manning
Petty always pushed to record fresh material, rather than just leaning on the laurels of his past. [Playlist]
Mavis Staples (photo by Laura Fedele for WFUV)

Mavis Staples

July 17, 2017|Laura Fedele
Her big heart and sharp mind beg for a personal, creative connection with artists everywhere. [Playlist]
(Original photo by Gus Philippas)

My Morning Jacket

July 10, 2017|Kara Manning
Alt-country psych-rock inclinations, yearning melodies and ferocious reverb: Live, they are legendary. [Playlist]
U2 (Original photo 'Walk On' single)


June 26, 2017|Kara Manning
Unlike the roar or swagger of a lot of all-male bands, U2's mightiest songs are unapologetically emotional. [Playlist]
Chuck Berry (Photo: public domain)

Chuck Berry

June 19, 2017|Paul Cavalconte
Lennon: "If you tried to give rock and roll another name, you might call it Chuck Berry." [Playlist]
(Photo via, CC BY-NC 2.0)

Summer of Love

June 12, 2017|Kara Manning
It's been a fifty-year embryonic journey since the Monterey International Pop Festival. [Playlist]
Patrick Carney and Dan Auerbach (Original photo by Danny Clinch)

The Black Keys

June 05, 2017|Kara Manning
Sinewy dynamics, acerbic humor, flourishes of hip hop, and raw, dirty blasts of rock bliss. [Playlist]
Brandi Carlile (original photo by Gus Philippas)

Brandi Carlile

May 29, 2017|Laura Fedele
Why we got on board with this talented charmer, and stayed on board. [Playlist]