Beginner’s Guide

Your introductory lesson in…

Eluvium Beginner's Guide

A Beginner’s Guide to Eluvium’s rich world of serenity

Where to start with Matthew Cooper’s ambient discography.

Frank Zappa Beginners Guide

A Beginner’s Guide to the Surreal Music of Frank Zappa

A first-timer’s guide to the complex and overwhelming catalog of Frank Zappa.

A Beginner’s Guide to the epic music of King Crimson

A roadmap to the legendary UK prog-rock band’s music

Joni Mitchell beginner's guide

A Beginner’s Guide to the music of Joni Mitchell

An first timer’s entryway into the music of the Canadian singer/songwriter.

Sun Ra Beginner's Guide

A Beginner’s Guide to the interstellar music of Sun Ra

Ahead of his 105th birthday, a starter’s kit of the jazz icon’s best offerings.

Thou Beginner's Guide

A Beginner’s Guide to the music of Thou

Dive into the massive discography of the Louisiana metal band.

Diamanda Galas beginner's guide

Beginner’s Guide: Diamanda Galás

A first-timer’s guide to the music of one of the avant garde’s greatest vocalists.

Boredoms Beginners Guide

Beginner’s Guide: Boredoms

A four-part series of entry points into the Japanese band’s catalog.

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Beginner’s Guide: No Wave

Find out where to begin with this complicated, art-damaged and short-lived genre.

Beginner’s Guide: Devin Townsend

Dive into what makes the eccentric metal mastermind such a fascinating figure.

Lightning Bolt

Beginner’s Guide: Lightning Bolt

A series of entry points into the Providence, Rhode Island duo’s noisy, chaotic catalog.

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Beginner’s Guide: Voivod

An introduction to the Canadian sci-fi thrash metal band.

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Beginner’s Guide: Aphex Twin

A semi-caustic window into the brilliantly twisted world of Richard James.

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Beginner’s Guide: Bill Callahan

A first-timer’s entry points into the complex realm of singer/songwriter Bill Callahan.

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Beginner’s Guide: Mogwai

A first timer’s path to entering the complex and abstract world of this Glasgow-based post-rock outfit.

Swans

Beginner’s Guide: Swans

Our new feature — focusing on entry points for bands with complex catalogs — kicks off with the mighty Swans.