The world has come a long way since the Who released Tommy in 1969. Tomorrow night, a stage adaptation of the Flaming Lips' seminal 2002 rock opera Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots will premiere at…   Read Story »
"Candy apples and razor blades, little dead are soon in graves / I remember Halloween / This day anything goes, burning bodies hanging from poles / I remember Halloween!" Thus cried Glenn Danzig…   Read Story »
There's just no getting around it: writing about Leonard Cohen is an intimidating proposition. Trying to put into words the magic of Cohen's art is like trying to play a guitar solo about Jimi…   Read Story »
Hardcore was regional music that reached and changed the world. The local references, in-jokes, and our-scene-is-best boosterism are part of what makes it so compelling. Like the best American…   Read Story »
When a musician dies, they leave behind an aural legacy -- songs that serve as eternal reminders of what this person did when the microphone was on. This legacy isn't always difficult to pick out.…   Read Story »
Was anyone in music ever so jaded and armored so fully, at such a young age, as Alex Chilton? The genius who launched a thousand great bands in his wake was seemingly burnt out by the music business…   Read Story »
The best part of getting into music while growing up is the constant sense of discovery. This feeling disappears as the years go by. Most adults who spend a lot of time and money on music know the…   Read Story »
In a perfect world, all albums would be self-contained universes. A good album can communicate complex emotions and ideas with the aid of just a little context; a great album can communicate…   Read Story »
As far as being a band in 2012 goes, Grizzly Bear has it pretty good. Critical darlings aren't often financially successful as artists and vice-versa. Yet, the Brooklyn troupe has spent the past…   Read Story »
When dealing with any individual possessing the sheer magnitude of Bob Dylan -- a figure utterly massive in terms of talent, mythology and self-regard -- it becomes difficult to speak to his "lesser"…   Read Story »