ESSENTIAL ALBUMS: Odonis Odonis bandleader Dean Tzenos leads a crash course in industrial

Apr 16, 2014

The Toronto songwriter breaks down the "Hard Boiled" influences behind the band's fantastic new record.

ESSENTIAL ALBUMS: Kevin Drew’s five game-changing records

Mar 18, 2014

Kevin Drew has never been shy about his influences (or shy at all), but he lays it all bare here: Pavement, The Pharcyde, more.

ESSENTIAL ALBUMS: Nils Frahm discusses the art of imaginative mastering

Feb 27, 2014

The Berlin neo-classical composer explains the history of the practice, and what can save it.

ESSENTIAL ALBUMS: Band of Horses drummer Creighton Barrett’s five inspiring acoustic live albums

Feb 20, 2014

Neil Young without Crazy Horse, Townes Van Zandt cracks jokes, and the power of Jerry Garcia.


Jan 31, 2014

Oxford, Mississippi garage rocker John Barrett shares five gems from his personal record collection.

ESSENTIAL ALBUMS: Pixies guitarist Joey Santiago’s five albums that influenced the spirit of his band

Jan 15, 2014

Joey Santiago's guitar playing sounds like no one else, but he has five spiritual influences.

ESSENTIAL ALBUMS: DARKSIDE's Dave Harrington reveals his five favourite genre-bending albums

Jan 14, 2014

One half of the genre-bending electro-rock duo gives us five unclassifiable albums with clashing sonics that shouldn't work, but do.

ESSENTIAL ALBUMS: Ten of our favourite artists of 2013 discuss records that are meaningful to them

Dec 18, 2013

Disclosure, HAIM, Yamantaka // Sonic Titan and more tell us about albums that mean something to them.


Dec 3, 2013

We give all five members of Cults a chance to name their most influential record.