Today's Best Music News Is About Songs That Came Out in the 1970s

George Harrison or Stevie Wonder? It was a total toss-up who would win tonight's coveted Soundtrack spot. The former's got a new box set coming out, which made me all kinds of misty eyed for the (best) Beatle; the latter just announced an upcoming tour where he'll play the entirety of Songs in the Key of Life. Who… » 9/11/14 7:44pm Thursday 7:44pm

Bow Down, Bitches: An All-Beyoncé Soundtrack for Bey's Birthday

Every day is Beyoncé day, really. The goofballs who still question if women can have it all tend to ignore the fact that Beyoncé exists. But only one day a year is Beyoncé's actual birthday, and that day is today. Or at least we think it is. She might also be an alien from planet Better Than Everyone, but on the off… » 9/04/14 7:00pm 9/04/14 7:00pm

A Song That Sounds Like Vacation

Vacations are funny things: You pour so much time, energy, and daydreaming into them that, in the end, the reality rarely lives up to what you imagined as you refreshed Travelocity all those months. But if that imaginary perfect trip had a perfect sound, it would be the Portland-and NYC-based Akron/Family's Island. » 8/27/14 7:00pm 8/27/14 7:00pm

Operators Tweak That Handsome Furs Magic Into Synth Heaven

When the curtain was first raised at the Future Islands show at the Fonda Theatre in Hollywood last week I had no idea what to expect. I didn't know who would be opening for the Baltimore-based band and hadn't bothered to check. Squinting to make out the lead singer's face (I really need to update my glasses… » 8/26/14 7:00pm 8/26/14 7:00pm

DJ Matthew Dear Sampled Thousands of GE Machines to Make This Banger

DJ Matthew Dear teamed up with General Electric acoustics engineer Andrew Gorton to sample the tones created by the churn of "thousands" of different GE machines, from turbines to medical equipment. The sounds were then chopped up and reassembled into "Drop Science," a frantic, meticulous music experiment. » 8/26/14 10:32am 8/26/14 10:32am

The Perfect Song for Driving Through the Night

The last thing you might expect to hear on an early 20th century period medical drama about corpse-stealing ambulances and childbirth gone horribly wrong is electronic music. The show in question, The Knick—or Steven Soderbergh and Clive Owen's Mad Men but with doctors—is by most accounts all right. The music is… » 8/25/14 7:00pm 8/25/14 7:00pm