Beginner’s Guide

Your introductory lesson in…

aphex twin

Beginner’s Guide: Aphex Twin

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

Bill Callahan

Beginner’s Guide: Bill Callahan

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

Mogwai

Beginner’s Guide: Mogwai

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

Boris

Beginner’s Guide: Boris

Five essential steps to hearing the Japanese metal titans.

Swans

Beginner’s Guide: Swans

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