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 »
I saw El-P perform live for the first time in 2013. The stage, situated under the I-65 overpass at Louisville, Kentucky's Forecastle festival, sat a stone's throw from both the Ohio River and a…   Read Story »
The year 2000 saw the release of a three-disc Johnny Cash compilation with each disc bearing a one-word title indicating the thematic scopes of the chosen songs: Love, God, and Murder. One could do…   Read Story »
What an enviable position in which Steven Patrick Morrissey finds himself. It is, I dare say, quite privileged, but we'll get back to that. He is a spokesman for Morrissey alone: not for a bygone era…   Read Story »
Barring the collapse of the space-time continuum, this was bound to happen at some point, but it's still a shock: The first Beatles album, Please Please Me, turned 50 years old this year. We…   Read Story »
The name of the game for of Montreal has always been evolution. Their current incarnation, making its debut on their newest album Lousy With Sylvianbriar, favors whip-smart, sinewy rock songs,…   Read Story »
It's easy to forget that the Smashing Pumpkins were outsiders. Not in the sense that many bands are — the weird, artsy, pained kids who find an outlet by playing loud rock music. The Smashing…   Read Story »
It might seem ludicrous to use the word "underappreciated" when discussing an artist with as many accomplishments and accolades as Joni Mitchell. In addition to having sold millions of albums,…   Read Story »
"This album and what we're doing with it — that, to me, is what Metallica are all about: exploring different things. The minute you stop exploring, just sit down and fucking die." — Lars Ulrich,…   Read Story »
You know you've transcended to "legend" status when critics use your name as an adjective. These days, "Kate Bush-ian" is a shortcut descriptor (usually a lazy one — and one I've overused myself)…   Read Story »