PRIMER: Jay Reatard: A trip through the sprawling discography of a tortured genius

Feb 6, 2014

Teenage garage brat, synth-punk misanthrope, pariah pop mastermind — we look back on the many, many faces of the late Jay Reatard.

PRIMER: Melvins: tracing the band from godfathers of grunge to merry doom-sludge pranksters in 10 songs

Nov 19, 2013

Learn to love the godfathers of grunge, rock & roll's interminable cockroaches, the Melvins.

PRIMER: Ty Segall: where to begin with the prolific California garage rock wunderkind

Oct 16, 2013

An entryway to the laid-back surfer dude with an intense work ethic and a sprawling, fuzz-drenched discography.

PRIMER: Yoko Ono: ten songs and artworks that show she’s more than the Lennon widow

Sep 27, 2013

A beginner's guide to the most vilified character in rock and roll who's actually a vital figure in art history.

[primer] The Replacements: A Beginner’s Guide To Rock’s Greatest Second-Place Band

Aug 21, 2013

Primer is an ongoing, introductory guide to the varied and often elusive careers of iconic alternative artists. This week we honour The Replacements' forthcoming reunion gigs with a subjective guide to the band's musical evolution, best material, and general awesome-ness. Close your eyes and floor it. - Bob Stinson ou won't find any platinum records [...]

PRIMER: Guided By Voices

Jan 30, 2013

Here's everything you need to know about the indie rock legends, who are set to release a new album on April 30.

PRIMER: Dinosaur Jr.

Sep 7, 2012

If you never got into modern rock legends Dinosaur Jr., find out what you're missing in our Primer.

PRIMER: Buffy Sainte-Marie

Aug 25, 2012

Three years ago I was too impatient to take in more than five minutes of a Buffy Sainte-Marie festival performance. I made a huge mistake - here's why.

PRIMER: Spencer Krug

Aug 10, 2012

In this week's Primer, Dan Berube guides us through the work of multi-monikered artist Spencer Krug.