St. Vincent: Birth In Reverse

Top picks for 2013, Benji B's PrivateJam, St. Vincent and more in our weekly look at music

David Byrne’s beloved sidekick is back on her own after their whirlwind world tour, and St. Vincent has never sounded so fresh. Annie Clark’s self-titled St. Vincent album hits record stores 24 February, but fans got a sneak peek this week with “Birth In Reverse“—a fast-paced, slightly choppy song packing loads of guitar riffs alongside harmonious vocals delivering distinctly irreverent lyrics like, “Oh what an …

Glassmaps: You Never Called Me

Top picks for 2013, Benji B's PrivateJam, St. Vincent and more in our weekly look at music

At the recent launch of RBMA’s new book “For the Record,” we caught up BBC Radio 1’s highly respected DJ and presenter Benji B. While Benji believes that if you like something, there should be no shame is people knowing it, he did let us in on his favorite #PrivateJam, an album which people might not expect him to enjoy so much. “The Hejira album …

Joni Mitchell: Hejira

Top picks for 2013, Benji B's PrivateJam, St. Vincent and more in our weekly look at music

The words “national public radio” may make you think of the station you listen to in the car with your parents, but NPR is far from standard or predictable. Since launching its music programming in 2007, NPR has become a major voice for sophisticated listeners spanning all genres, with Bob Boilen’s “All Songs Considered” a weekly must. The non-profit has released an exciting list of …