Rob Fitzpatrick

Rob Fitzpatrick

No great band is born without a struggle and no great records are born in a vacuum. For every artist whose ideas make your wig spin there are a huge…

Nine years ago this month a seven-person theatrical rock band from Montreal packed their kit to go and play the CMJ (once the College Media Journal) festival / bunfight in…

“Pop music,” Pixies singer Black Francis once opined, “is comprised of the hard and the soft” and few bands have ever nailed both those elements quite like Boston’s Pixies. The…

“All those other indie bands are tawdry and grey…” With those few words spoken over two decades ago Manics bassist Nicky Wire helped to separate the world into Manic and…

In the later winter of 2005 a 19-year-old Alex Turner told an American journalist, “We don’t have influences.” This quote is remarkable for two things: one is it’s both true…

Some bands develop over time; they spend their lives immersed in music, soaking up a range of influences that end up infecting every part of their being. And then there’s…

Each week we take an artist, pull apart the threads that make them who they are and build a Spotify playlist from those influences. This week: Disclosure “We’re music nerds,”…

Each week we take an artist, pull apart the threads that make them who they are and build a Spotify playlist from those influences. This week: Rage Against The Machine…

Each week we take an artist, pull apart the threads that make them who they are and build a Spotify playlist from those influences. This week: Jay-Z “I’m influenced by…

Each week we take an artist, pull apart the threads that make them who they are and build a Spotify playlist from those influences. This week: Nine Inch Nails! “Music…

Each week we take an artist, pull apart the threads that make them who they are and build a Spotify playlist from those influences. This week, it’s Portishead! “I don’t…

Each week we take an artist, pull apart the threads that make them who they are and build a Spotify playlist from those influences. This week, it’s Vampire Weekend! Back…

No great band is born without a struggle and no great records are born in a vacuum. For every artist whose ideas makes your wig spin there are a huge…

Each week we take an artist, pull apart the threads that make them who they are and build a Spotify playlist from those influences. This week, it’s Kanye West! “I…

No great band is born without a struggle and no great records are born in a vacuum. For every artist whose ideas makes your wig spin there are a huge…

Each week we take a band, pull apart the threads that make them who they are and build a Spotify playlist from those influences. This week: Daft Punk. In the…