Music

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Viewfinder: Seven Outliers in Iceland

Seven creatives -- filmmakers, photographers and musicians -- who had never met traveled to Iceland in 2011 with one purpose: to document beauty. Outliers, Vol. 1: Iceland is the amorphous, unfocused, and impressive culmination of the landscapes, people and traditions they encountered.

3 Interviews, 3 Days of Music

On the Scene: The Governors Ball Music Festival

Governors Ball is a three-day music festival in New York City that draws crowds of over 40,000 each day. The culture is defined by the musicians, which range from big name headliners to up-and-coming young talent. We spoke with three young musicians to see what festival life was like on the other side of the stage.

Part Craftsman, Part Caveman

30 Minutes With: Jimmy Carbonetti

Jimmy Carbonetti, Caveman band member and the proprietor of Carbonetti Guitars located on New York's Lower East Side, still has plenty of life to live before he churns out the next self-help best seller. But if a Carbonetti's Rules for Success ever does surface, the lessons should seem familiar: do what you love and find mentors. Getting both lined up didn't take long in his case. We caught up with the musician and luthier ahead of his next appearance in Austin to chat about everything from the origins of his "Cobra" nickname to his musical heroes and a few of his latest projects.

Today in Gear: February 21, 2014

Today in gear, we examine a rubber-based lint tool, made-in-the U.S.A. Salame, the history of Maserati, Beck's latest album and much more.

Today in Gear: 2013 Culture Rewind

“Everything else” and “Miscellany” don’t sound nearly as charming or interesting as “Culture”, do they? But that’s not the only reason we’ve so named our Friday issues. Outside of the narrower focuses of other weekdays, Fridays are our time to explore a more relaxed view of what’s happening around us — and rightly so, what...

Cool Bean

Denon Cocoon

The high-end speaker dock pool, already swimming with the likes of the B&W Zeppelin, B&O BeoSound 8, and the Bose SoundDock 10, just got more crowded with Denon’s Cocoon diving in. The Cocoon, available in home or portable models, represents Denon’s late foray into the iDevice market — while they have fielded systems with docks,...

Getting the van back together

Rock-It Ships

Any musician worth his Gibson knows that the best way for a band to turn a profit is through touring. That’s easy enough for Maroon 5, but a bit harder when you’re not bringing in Moves Like Jagger swagger. Touring buses are unwieldy and expensive to operate, (though it hasn’t stopped John Madden) and regular...

An animated classic resurfaces

Yellow Submarine Blu-ray

After being out of print for what seems like an eternity, The Beatles’ 1968 animated hit, Yellow Submarine has finally been digitally restored for DVD and Blu-ray. Getting the Blue Meanies all primped up and ready for their 1080p debut apparently was no easy feat. In fact, each frame of the film was restored by...

A sound engineering shift in the digital age

Mastered for iTunes

Like Harold Camping on the subject of Judgement Day, audiophiles are notorious for predicting the death of high quality audio at the hands of the digital music revolution. We certainly think today’s emphasis on MP3s has put a dent in the quest for high fidelity, but initiatives like Apple’s Mastered for iTunes series do give...

Show Tunes

Box of Vision Discography Display Sets

Box of Vision is a company that still remembers the days when showing off your music collection didn’t involve a scroll wheel and being a true fan meant owning every album, instead of the five best singles. Subsequently, their archive products are designed to act as a showcase for displaying the complete works of legends...

Soul man and Rock 'n' Roll fan

The Last Sultan: The Life and Times of Ahmet Ertegun

Ahmet Ertegun isn’t a household name — let alone easy to say, but if you’re a music fan, you’ve probably benefitted from his life’s legacy. Despite being the son of the first Republic of Turkey ambassador to the US, Ahmet channeled his love of Blues and Jazz to found Atlantic records. Not up on your...

Can Touch This

Smithson Martin Emulator Multi-Touch Professional DJ System

Old school DJs were just as much showmen as they were beat droppers. Then computers made the whole craft much more nerdy. As it turns out, clicking on trackpads just isn’t as engaging as tearing up vinyl. Replace the laptops of today with an enormous, transparent touch panel display, and the pendulum could swing back...

The ultimate 80's action movie mix tape you've been missing

Blood Brothers Mixtapes

The Blood Bros. are, for lack of a better description, an awesome DJ duo with an awesome goal: creating mix tapes compiled from the best 80’s action movie songs. A quick listen to the first few minutes of each track (after the jump) on their two mixes will have you running in gym sweats or...

If His Albums Were the Blueprint, Consider this the Drafting Table

Decoded by Jay-Z

Hip-hop may not be for everyone, but that hasn’t stopped Jay-Z from becoming a household name. Though his rise to fame stems through rapping, Mr. “I’m not a business-man. I’m a business…man” has earned praise from plenty of those outside the game, including Warren Buffet. So when a mind like that puts its attention towards...

Because Jack Sparrow Isn't Always a Reliable Source

Life: Keith Richards’ Memoir

Few people on the planet have ever epitomized rock and roll like Keith Richards. That’s one of the reasons why his long-awaited memoir Life ($16) is a must read. Filled with Keith’s surprisingly crystal clear recollections about the genesis of classics like “Ruby Tuesday” and “Gimme Shelter”, consider it a rare look into the special...

Home Audio, Beyond Black and White

Yamaha MCR 140 Micro Component System

The Yamaha MCR 140 ($399) has two major things going for it. The first is that outside of performing the functions of your typical micro-audio system, thanks to Yamaha’s proprietary yAired technology, it can play uncompressed audio wirelessly from your iPod/iPhone using a simple dongle that eliminates the syncing hassles associated with other tech like...

Hot Chip – “One Life Stand”

Released yesterday, One Life Stand is the third full length album to be released by this English electro pop group since their formation in 2000. Described by many reviewers as a clear sign of maturation by the band, this 10 track album is certainly much less of an oddball mash up of crazy beats and...

Money Spent on the Tubes, Not Down It

Areaware 2B Radio

Radios today comes in many forms: FM, AM, Satellite, Internet… and all of them digital. There was a time, though (like your grandparents’ time), when radios ran on tubes and literally took time to warm up when the turned on. You might remember them as the wicker cabinet behemoths with knobs – hardly worthy of...

It Won’t Be Soon Before Long – Maroon 5 [Win This CD!]

It’s already been five years since the 10x platinum ‘Songs About Jane’. Maroon 5 has released their much-anticipated sophomore album today with a sexier and stronger edge. The band has pulled from Prince, Michael Jackson and Taking Heads as inspiration – the result? George Clinton funk meets George Michael pop. Definitely worth a listen. What...

Tivoli Audio Music System

[Review from Wired.com] The Tivoli Audio Music System is exactly what an all-in-one system should be: a cinch to operate. Its uncluttered interface and elegantly integrated functions are so intuitive that you can ignore the user’s manual. (We had it up and running in two minutes.) The system comprises an AM/FM radio, a CD player,...