On the Conan O'Brien show, William Shatner has been declaiming Sarah Palin's words, backed by percussion and double bass. Truly, this is poetry.
The Walkmen's twist is dreamy vocals that soar when you'd expect them to shout. Taut guitars and pensive percussion take care of the rest. Download a free MP3 of "In the New Year" courtesy of CNET Download Music.
With gauzy dream-pop vocals and hypnotic hooks, the Jealous ones fill things out with heavy percussion and stray amp-ruining riffs. Download a free MP3 of "Roboxulla" courtesy of CNET Download Music.
On their new full-length their use of percussion remains a weirdly effective way to underline taut indie-rock tracks. Download a free MP3 of "Pot Kettle Black" courtesy of CNET Download Music.
This little gadget more than holds its own, whether recording blues bands, percussion instruments and even jackhammers. Oh yeah--it's also good for interviews.
Todd Garfinkle's company, MA Recordings, makes astonishing-sounding albums of brilliant music with not much more than a pair of microphones and a recorder.
While they aren't for bass lovers, the SR325e headphones deliver very open, detailed sound that makes for exciting listening.
This ultimate tribute to Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, Toad, and Yoshi uses drinking glasses, pencils, and even a frying pan to play the iconic theme song.
Music composition software Imitone converts the notes you sing into MIDI signals in real-time that can then be converted into the sound of any instrument you have sampled.
The Audiophiliac auditions an awesome little hi-fi, priced from little as $880!