Tom Waits

best albums of the 1980s

The 150 Best Albums of the 1980s

A look back at one of the greatest decades of musical innovation.

tom waits what's he building

In Tom Waits’ “What’s He Building?”, it’s not clear who the monster is

The sinister centerpiece of 1999’s ‘Mule Variation’ is a bait and switch.

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10 Bands That Changed Their Sound

A selection of artists who reinvented themselves in bold ways.

Tom Waits Asylum reissues

Tom Waits’ Asylum Records catalog to be reissued

Closing Time to be released on vinyl on March 9.

R.I.P. saxophonist Ralph Carney

Longtime collaborator with Tom Waits has died at 61.

Tom Waits reissues

Tom Waits announces new reissues

Six albums being reissued in November and December.

album trilogies mastodon

10 Essential Album Trilogies

Legendary albums come in threes.

Stories for Ways and Means

Tom Waits, Nick Cave contribute to Stories for Ways and Means book

Proceeds being donated to children’s literacy programs.

10 Essential 21st Century Concept Albums

10 recent albums with consistent, compelling narrative threads.

10 Essential Artistic Reinvention Albums

Ten albums that presented a fresh start or an unexpected transformation.

10 Essential Scary Story Songs

10 campfire fright ballads to keep you up at night.

10 Music Biopics we’d like to see

10 artists whose life stories seem fit for the Silver Screen.

Watch: Tom Waits performs new song on The Late Show with David Letterman

Tom Waits dedicates one last song to retiring Late Show host.


Tom Waits, Elvis Costello to appear on Letterman final shows

Emmylou Harris, Iron & Wine also on the guest list.

Rain songs

10 Essential Rain Songs

A musical ode to April showers in 10 parts.

Roundtable Life changers

Treble Roundtable: Life-Changing Albums

We examine the albums that changed our lives — pretty much all for the better!

Roundtable: Late to the Party

Treble Roundtable: Late to the Party

Bands that took a long time for us to appreciate.