Of all the moderately popular bands with the word "fuck" in their band name, Fucked Up is and will always be my favorite. But London's Fuck Buttons, now three albums deep into a career that turns…   Read Story »
A week and a half after Jay-Z's Magna Carta Holy Grail went out to a million Samsung users, another long-pedigreed Brooklyn rapper found an unconventional way to release an album. But this one was…   Read Story »
Sometime in the late '80s or early '90s, David Lynch and cartoonishly handsome honky-tonk revivalist Chris Isaak inexplicably became good buds. Lynch used Isaak songs in Blue Velvet and Wild At Heart…   Read Story »
The parallel is both obvious and ludicrous, and I kind of hate myself for making it, but just bear with me for a minute. Two years ago, a ferocious veteran rapper and a boundary-smashing,…   Read Story »
In the mid-'60s, when garage rock was first starting to be a thing, bands weren't trying to play garage rock. They were trying to be the Beatles, or (more often) the Rolling Stones. But their sloppy…   Read Story »
Music critics make mistakes all the time, and I made one two years ago, when I reviewed Austra's debut album Feel It Break for Pitchfork. I gave that album a positive review, but it was one of those…   Read Story »
It's been the year of grand returns, of nerd-beloved touchstones coming back after long silences and cranking out the cohesive studio products that we'd learned to stop expecting from them long ago.…   Read Story »
Has there ever been a great single-artist UK garage album? Garage, the skittery dance subgenre that crossed over in Britain around the turn of the millennium, was mostly a singles-driven genre. Built…   Read Story »
Thanks to the thundering two-drummer onslaught of their live shows and the basement-punk fury of their 2009 album Static Tensions, Savannah's Kylesa were probably already my favorite active metal…   Read Story »
You never, as a music dork, stop learning this lesson, but the truth behind it stands: It's always, always a bad idea to dismiss an artist based on a terrible name. That rule is right up there with…   Read Story »