PLAYLIST: IAN SWEET Presents Songs About Crushes
Jilian Medford shares ten tracks about crushing (and getting crushed by) crushes that helped inspire Crush Crusher.
PLAYLIST: Advance Base Presents Songs About Animal Companionship
Owen Ashworth doesn’t wanna be your dog, but he wouldn’t mind hearing the song you wrote about your pet.
PLAYLIST: The SiriusXMU “Download 15” Festival Season Playlist
Prep for your next festival destination with an XMU-curated playlist featuring St. Vincent, Arcade Fire, Jack White, and more.
PLAYLIST: The Alt-8 Artists You Need to Know
SiriusXM’s Alt Nation DJ and music programmer Jeff Regan breaks down eight rising festival artists you don’t want to miss.
POW!: Twelve Albums That Influenced “Check Your Head”
Great record collectors make great records. Uh, sometimes.
PLAYLIST: Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever Present Songs About Objects
None about buildings or food, though.
PLAYLIST: A Soundtrack to the Resistance
Mute your TV. Turn up your stereo.
The FLOOD Top 40
Our favorite tracks of the year, (almost) all in one place.
PLAYLIST: Paul Dufrene of Platter Playlists Shares Dark, Rainy Folk for the End of Fall
Draw up your collar, put on your wellies, and head out there.
The Score: Andy Hull and Robert McDowell of Manchester Orchestra
The indie rockers from Manchester Orchestra, who made the “acoustic” soundtrack for “Swiss Army Man”—out now on DVD and Blu-ray—share their favorite moments in which film and music blend seamlessly to create the perfect scene.
PLAYLIST: With Help From Steely Dan, Parliament, and John Cale, Savoy Motel Take ’er Easy
The Nashville post-punks share the influences behind their self-titled debut.
PLAYLIST: Justin Peter Kinkel-Schuster Has a Set of Short Stories for You
The Oxford, Mississippi singer-songwriter shares the tracks that inspired his new literary new album, “Constant Stranger.”
PLAYLIST: Let Nathan Bowles Take You on a Performative Peregrination
The journeyman instrumentalist who’s played with Steve Gunn and The Black Twig Pickers shares the songs that influenced his new album, “Whole & Cloven.”
PLAYLIST: C. W. Stoneking Shares the Songs that Influenced “Gon’ Boogaloo”
From Ethiopian jazz to Hank Williams to Kanye West.
PLAYLIST: Peter Bjorn and John Are Three Busy Dudes
The Swedish trio give us the highlights of their between-album work.
PLAYLIST: Woods Share the Songs that Influenced “City Sun Eater in the River of Light”
Jeremy Earl and Jarvis Taveniere go deep with Ethiopian jazz, New Orleans funk, and The Jackson 5.
LISTEN: Celebrate Fifty Years of Vans Sneakers with This Playlist of Vintage Surf Music
Assembled by Justin Gage of Aquarium Drunkard.
Can’t Put My Finger On It: Ween’s Brownest Impersonations
Boognish be praised, Gener and Deaner have gotten the band—or is it the bands?—back together.