Never trust a man who says he knows what the meaning of life is. That is unknowable, and maybe nonexistent. However, I know damn well what the point of life is: to procreate, and in so doing,…   Read Story »
If so-called rockists ever decide to secede and form their own nation, Tom Petty is a shoo-in for the country's first presidential nominee. Petty's music advances the notion of rock and roll as…   Read Story »
Judas Priest is heavy metal personified. The most important innovator in the genre's progression after Black Sabbath and Deep Purple, Judas Priest's influence looms immensely on not only heavy…   Read Story »
In baseball, the five-tool player is kind of a bullshit concept, but it connotes a particular beauty. The five-tool player hits for power, hits for average, throws well, fields well, and roams the…   Read Story »
For a band that has sold more than 40 million albums worldwide, whose streak of consecutive gold and platinum records is topped only by the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, trying to nail down the…   Read Story »
In 2014 we appraise hip-hop on its forthrightness. Take, for example, the two front-runner Grammy-nominated hip-hop albums of 2013: Kendrick Lamar's Good Kid M.A.A.D. City and Macklemore's The Heist.…   Read Story »
Amongst the major musical titans emerging during the second half of the 20th century, the Belfast-born Irish soul troubadour Van Morrison is perhaps the most underappreciated -- a figure every bit…   Read Story »
Few solo careers justify wholesale rebranding. Though it has become common for aging indie rockers to want a "clean slate" following the dissolution of their respective beloved bands, listeners can…   Read Story »
Rivaled only by Black Sabbath and Judas Priest in regards to influence and impact on the early development of heavy metal, Iron Maiden took the burgeoning musical style to a new and very unique…   Read Story »
Elliott Smith at the 70th Academy Awards ceremony: When it's mentioned, it's as one of those cautionary anecdotes, an example of the fundamental incompatibility of the underground with commercial…   Read Story »