The Black Keys sell out large venues, but refuse to compromise their gritty sound. [via Baltimore Sun]

Best Coast's Bethany Cosentino talks about their new album The Only Place, which is in stores today, their upcoming tour, and Planned Parenthood. [via Noisey]

Writer Eric Spitznagel explains MCA's death to his mother. [via MTV Hive]

A history of "quiet storm" style soul music, made popular by musicians like Smokey RobinsonMarvin Gaye, and Sade. [via Pitchfork]

The 20 essential songs from the Berkeley, California based punk rock independent label Lookout! Records. [via Spin]