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Kukl and their album The Eye
Aaron M. Olson, June 02, 2021

Before the genre-defying, cutting-edge, affect-inspiring, singer-songwriter-composer-producer-actor extraordinaire mononymously known as Björk became a household name across the globe, she was the singer in an Icelandic alternative

Minako Yoshida on her album, Monochrome
Aaron M. Olson, May 19, 2021

Minako Yoshida is a prolific Japanese singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer who has released over 20 albums since her 1973 debut, Tobira No Fuyu.

Esteban “Steve” Jordan on the cover of his album, Turn Me Loose
Aaron M. Olson, May 05, 2021

Don’t call him the Jimi Hendrix of the accordion.

The Byrds
Aaron M. Olson, April 21, 2021

In almost any documentary, TV show, or feature film about the “peace & love” Sixties you will likely hear the familiar chime of a 12-string electric guitar arpeggiating its way through “Turn, Turn, Turn” or “Mr.

6 versions of the Kick Inside album cover
Aaron M. Olson, March 24, 2021

Though she’s recognized as one of the biggest solo artists ever in the UK, Kate Bush somehow didn’t break through in the US in quite the same way and remains somewhat of an oddity in the American pop echelon.

The Pastels, 1990s
Aaron M. Olson, March 10, 2021

Though instrumental in ushering in a new and lasting wave of Glaswegian independent music that would spawn such far-reaching alternative rock acts as The Vaselines, Teenage Fanclub,

Artwork from the album Black Messiah
Aaron M. Olson, February 24, 2021

Compared at the time of its release to Sly & The Family Stone’s masterpiece There’s A Riot Goin’ On, The Beach Boys’ near-mythical epic

Chavela Vargas on her album, Lamento Borincano
Aaron M. Olson, February 10, 2021

Chavela Vargas was an iconoclast. Living and creating in constant irreverence and defiance of the prescribed heteronormative roles assigned to performance, dress, life, and love in her time and place, Vargas created ageless music of immense emotional depth and universality

Minnie Riperton on her album, Come To My Garden
Aaron M. Olson, January 27, 2021

Minnie Riperton is perhaps most widely remembered for the 1975 hit “Lovin’ You” and her soaring five-octave vocal range, but prior to her smoothed-out soft focus “AM Gold” notoriety Riperton had released