Elvis Presley’s Drummer D.J. Fontana Defined Rock’n’Roll Rhythm

When D.J. Fontana joined the roster of talented musicians supporting Elvis Presley, drummers in touring bands were a luxury. Playing off Presley’s sound, rather than disrupting it, Fontana laid the groundwork for the same rhythms employed by pop and rock stars today. As the Los Angeles Times notes, Fontana’s style was about being “a propellant gear in a musical engine.” He didn’t use innovation to …

Melvins: Brass Cupcake

New energy found among household names like Melvins, Aphex Twin, Thom Yorke and more in the music we tweeted this week

Influential American heavy metal band Melvins haven’t slowed down since forming in 1983, but perhaps their genre is less loved than in decades past. For their 20th studio album, Hold It In, the band is injecting some new blood into the mix by tapping Butthole Surfers bassist Jeff Pinkus and guitarist Paul Leary. The Quietus offers up two tracks from the album, and while “Sesame …

Tweedy: Low Key

New energy found among household names like Melvins, Aphex Twin, Thom Yorke and more in the music we tweeted this week

Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy and his son Spencer had us at “directed by Nick Offerman” with their new video for “Low Key,” a song off their debut album Sukierae. For the visual narrative, the “Parks and Recreation” actor sends the duo on the road as traveling salesmen (peddling their album) who—despite holding precious cats—are rejected by the likes of Conan O’Brien, Chance The Rapper and other …