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These modern compositions can soundtrack your next conversation about post-surrealism in contemporary art -- or they can be the center of a lively discussion themselves.
A champion of pop art and the original manager of The Velvet Underground, Andy Warhol left an indelible impression on American pop culture. Listen to songs from the musicians who congregated at The Factory during the '60s and '70s.
The Velvet Underground,
The Rolling Stones,
Part of the BUST Magazine-reading, DIY crafty set? Looking to sit and chat with the girls and a couple bottles of wine? Put a bird on it with this indie-grrrl playlist.
Belle & Sebastian,
Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Embark on an atmospheric musical journey featuring trippy electronica, drum & bass, indie rock, and reggae. Hallucinogens optional.
We read all the music blogs so you don't have to. Updated weekly, this playlist has all the pop and rock songs that indie music blogs love.
Gardens & Villa,
Tired? Angry? Need some peace of mind? Put down whatever you're doing and enjoy some relaxing and inspiring musical moments at a nice slow tempo.
Johann Sebastian Bach,
The seismic cultural shifts of the late '60s didn't escape Brazil which experienced it's own artistic revolution, dubbed Tropicália. Combining Brazilian pop with bits of British psychedelia, this movement influenced the music of David Byrne, Beck and more.
Drawing on influences from traditional folk, psychedelia, and elsewhere, freak folk was born out of the "New Weird America" cultural movement in the mid-2000s. Listen to the sounds inspiring a new generation of hippies and expanding the definition of folk music.
Six Organs Of Admittance,
Start the day off fresh -- and jump-start your mind -- with this creative mix of airy and invigorating electronica.
The films of Jim Jarmusch epitomize cool. This playlist features the old treasures and commissioned scores that have soundtracked Jarmusch's distinctive work.
Neil Young & Crazy Horse,
Bobby 'Blue' Bland
Musician, artist, and writer, David Byrne has been publishing monthly playlists from his record collection on his website since 2005. Listen to all of his playlists here.
Fabrizio De André,
Fuzzy, noisy, primal rock where passion is paramount has existed almost as long as rock itself. Explore the history of lo-fi from the garage-psych '60s through the post-punk '70s and the DIY '90s until today.
Guided By Voices,
R. Stevie Moore,
The Mountain Goats,
Neutral Milk Hotel
Some call it chillwave, others call it glo-fi. Whatever the name, this laid-back blend of modern lo-fi recording techniques and vintage synth noises is one of today's most addictive sounds.
Toro Y Moi,
The playlist from the most creative and interesting party you've ever been to; a liberating mix of cool, uptempo, and non-traditional party music from many eras and many corners of the world.
The White Stripes,
Summery, fun, and jangly lo-fi pop. Grab some friends, pack some munchies, and lie on the grass and watch clouds for hours.
Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti,
Sonny & The Sunsets,
New York City is the birthplace of punk rock, and like the city that birthed it, the punk rock scene in the late-'70s was diverse, contentious, noisy and unlike any other in the world. This is the sound of CBGB's and Max's Kansas City.
Richard Hell & The Voidoids,
New York Dolls,
Eccentric -- but not "outsider" -- artists who never fit in with any era or movement, from Scott Walker and Frank Zappa to R. Stevie Moore and The Residents.
Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band,
Modern female songwriters inspired by the off-kilter vocal and sonic sensibilities of music maverick Kate Bush.
Take it back to the '90s with this uncompromisingly underground and alternative-leaning hip-hop. Get out your Jansport backpack!
It wasn't all peace and love; feel the bad vibes of the psychedelic void with artists from the 1960s to now.
The Velvet Underground,
Brian Jonestown Massacre,
Explore new and historic divas and divos, singing the legendary arias from all the most famous operas of the last 300 years.
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra,
A look at the minimalist approach to composing music, with works ranging from modern classical to Japanese new age.
Manhattan was the center of jazz in the 1950s and '60s, from post-bop to modal experimentation to the controversial "New Thing" of free jazz. Revisit that vibrant time and place.
Get to know the music of the best known child prodigy and classical rock star in history, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,
Sir Neville Marriner,
Alicia De Larrocha
Get intimate with these lushly arranged records full of artful elegance.
Classic female blues singers from the 1920s through the '50s, from the lowdown dirty Beale Street blues to the sanctified gospel of the storefront churches.
The most influential (and at times controversial) composer of the 20th century, Igor Stravinsky embraced new music styles and expressed the turmoil of his era.
L'Orchestre De La Suisse Romande,
Michael Tilson Thomas
After proving their pop sensibilities with the multi-platinum album "Rumours," Fleetwood Mac released "Tusk," one of the great double-albums of the '70s. Here are songs from (and inspired by) the era when classic rock, California pop, and new wave collided.
The Rolling Stones
The musicians who played on Miles Davis's pioneering jazz-rock albums, such as Bitches Brew, graduated to their own groups after working with the mercurial trumpeter. Here's the first wave of Miles's fusioneers, along with some extended family members.
The American punk underground spawned some of the most creative, fiery and fiercely independent bands of the 1980s. Listen to the groups that paved the way for grunge, emo and pop-punk's commercial ascent in the 1990s.
A crate-digger's dream, here are the smooth, soulful and funky tracks sampled by Q-Tip and Ali Shaheed Muhammad for their visionary '90s hip hop group, A Tribe Called Quest.
Sly & The Family Stone,
Kool & The Gang,
The Last Poets,
Grover Washington, Jr.
A Julliard-trained pianist, Nina Simone was as comfortable with Broadway standards as she was with African polyrhythmic rave-ups. Here are the best songs from her influences and contemporaries and the songs she covered with her unmistakable voice. http://ninasimone.com
Some designers opt to keep the dance music on the dancefloor and off the runway. This eclectic mix of rock, soul, funk, and more -- all used in shows during the past few seasons -- shows the broad range of musical styles that have inspired top designers.
The Black Keys,
Electric Light Orchestra,
An exploration of the Latin 'indie' scene through the songs of popular bands as well as emerging acts.
Join Peggy as she hooks up with her friend Joyce Ramsay and explores New York's cultural underground, from mind-expanding happenings to impromptu loft parties and free-spirited concerts in the park.
The Velvet Underground,