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 »
Pearl Jam's status as an artist can be a hard one to quantify. They entered the scene as one of the biggest bands in the world, and after a few years vanished from the mainstream audience radar, even…   Read Story »
By 2000, American fans of indie music had become well accustomed to great acts bussed in from Canada. From the emphatic brilliance of the criminally underrated Sloan to the majestic lo-fi fuzz rock…   Read Story »
She is not of this world. That sentence was all my friend used to describe a St. Vincent show I'd missed. Annie Clark, the woman behind St. Vincent, seems to have that effect on people. Specifically…   Read Story »
Frightened Rabbit is on a hot streak. Starting with September of last year and the State Hospital EP, then through the release of Pedestrian Verse in February, and finally last Tuesday with the Late…   Read Story »
Though the current fad is to compartmentalize indie rock of the last decade as something quaint, narrow, and somewhat embarrassing, the Decemberists shouldn't have to worry about the fickle listening…   Read Story »
OK, so music culture has become increasingly atomized. There's enough music out there, and enough services to parse it, that anyone can build a library of obscure artists that cater precisely to…   Read Story »