Tom Waits

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33 Essential Album Trilogies

Legendary albums come in threes.

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91 Essential Alternative Rock Albums of the ’90s

An overview of a decade of underground music invading the mainstream

Tom Waits

Tom Waits’ Island Records albums to be reissued on vinyl

First ever North American vinyl releases of ‘Bone Machine’ and ‘Franks Wild Years’ due this fall

Tom Waits Rain Dogs

Treble 100: No. 63, Tom Waits – Rain Dogs

Tom Waits is a character mistaken for a caricature. He’s alternately viewed as whiskey-drunk boho…

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The 50 Best Live Albums

The greatest documents of a thrilling live performance.

Treble 100 All-Time Favorite Albums

Introducing Treble 100: A Series on Our All-Time Favorite Albums

We’re launching an ongoing series on our 100 favorite albums of all time

KCRW snap archive

KCRW releasing archive of ’80s and ’90s recordings of Tom Waits, R.E.M., Nick Cave and more

Plus BENT24 archive streaming Deirdre O’Donoghue’s archive of artist interviews

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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.

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.