Over the course of the last three months, I've seen Damon Albarn perform four times, and a certain quality of his career was boldly underlined: there are great disparities between who knows him,…   Read Story »
The early '90s brought a wealth of change to pop music, and while the spoils of the dynamic shifts may have gone to the flannel-clad misanthropes of Seattle, the longevity and distinction of Tori…   Read Story »
When you look at Fucked Up's discography, it's easy to force a certain narrative onto their career arc: they started as a hard-charging hardcore band terrorizing tiny Toronto shows and became…   Read Story »
John Winston Lennon was famously shot to death at age 40, midway through his tumultuous life and storied career, robbing the world of a towering talent and profoundly ambiguous personality.…   Read Story »
The appeal of Swedish singer-songwriter Jens Lekman has often been described in terms of his apparent lack of appeal. His signature baritone is slightly nasal and far from classically accomplished,…   Read Story »
Few British bands from the 1990s, Britpop or otherwise, have been pushed to the sidelines more forcefully than the Verve. I can think of, well, quite a few reasons for this. You've got their singer,…   Read Story »
If rock-critic clich├ęs never existed, Galaxie 500 would have had to invent them. Named after a classic model Ford that none of the band members had ever actually driven, Galaxie 500 --…   Read Story »
The story goes something like this: Sheriff Kurt moseys into town just long enough to purge the spandex-clad outlaws before riding off into the sunset forever, leaving behind the Clinton…   Read Story »
In the seemingly infinite discussion of influence, Joy Division's place in the halls of music's most revered is just as sure as the band's equally esteemed mythos. Generations of fans old enough to…   Read Story »
Rumors of rock and roll's demise have been greatly exaggerated for almost as long as there's been rock and roll, so it's not like this generation has a monopoly on rockist panic. But as today's most…   Read Story »