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 »
The White Stripes were Occam's razor manifested as rock. Underneath the misdirection and mythology, it was just two people, wearing three colors, obsessed with one musical concept: the beauty of…   Read Story »
When Dirty Projectors mastermind and bandleader Dave Longstreth sings about being "in the gray mesh shorts" of his alma mater, honestly, I freak out a little bit. When he croons, "I boogied down…   Read Story »
When Rolling Stone released their best albums of the '90s list, Nirvana's Nevermind stood predictably at the top. I'm not saying that it doesn't deserve it, but didn't you just know they'd pick that?…   Read Story »
To certain elitists, the name "Grateful Dead" represents an impasse; like the phrase "slap bass," it is a combination of words whose very invocation can instantly elicit the gas face. It is not my…   Read Story »
2004 was, more or less, the Year Of The Pretty Boy. Or, if not that, the Year Of The Not That Masculine Dude. The Guy Who Has Lots Of Feelings And Dresses Well. Think about it: Kanye put out his…   Read Story »
So, here we've finally arrived: "Bob Dylan's 10 Best Songs," the Iraq Invasion of long-form rock journalism. Uncalled for and utterly unwinnable, contending with a thousand-song catalog so rich,…   Read Story »
At this point, I propose the music-loving community respectfully consider The Marshall Mathers LP II to be hip-hop's version of the film Prometheus -- both are decent efforts that, had they not been…   Read Story »
Earlier this season, South Park aired an episode titled "Goth Kids 3: Dawn of the Posers." Within, the animated town's resident outcasts are brainwashed into thinking they're "emos," instead of…   Read Story »
M.I.A. is supposed to be a messenger, but the mission of her music is often obscured by critics' and listeners' schismatic view of her work. But before her war with the NFL, her allegiance with…   Read Story »