2014 has been an interesting year for the creative forces behind the early-'00s New York rock renaissance. Julian Casablancas went into messily experimental prog-pop overdrive on Tyranny, while Karen…   Read Story »
There's a moment on the third episode of Sonic Highways, Dave Grohl's new HBO show, where Grohl warns his bandmates not to let their environment affect them too much. They're in Nashville, recording…   Read Story »
"Respect motherfucking craft when you hear it." Writing for Brooklyn's L Magazine six years ago, that was how I ended my review of Taylor Swift's triumphant sophomore album Fearless. (The review…   Read Story »
Full disclosure: I am not exactly well-versed in the deep, labyrinthine history of jazz music. Sure, I know my Mingus from my Monk, my Coltrane from my Coleman, but I can't speak on the lineage of…   Read Story »
The first single from Weezer's new album, Everything Will Be Alright In The End, opens with an apology. That song, of course, is "Back To The Shack," and that apology is contrite: "Sorry guys, I…   Read Story »
Tomorrow's Modern Boxes deserves to be taken on its own terms -- and on those terms, it's a marvelous piece of work. This is a Thom Yorke album, though, so it's impossible not to experience the music…   Read Story »
Here's how fucking weird 2014 is: Aphex Twin returned from a decade-long exile with a new album, and the thing sounds comforting. If you're old enough, you probably remember hearing a new Aphex track…   Read Story »
With An Awesome Wave, their Mercury Prize-winning 2012 debut album, Alt-J went from 0 to 100 real quick, transforming from anonymous schlubs into world-famous rock stars. They did so by forging a…   Read Story »
On Tuesday afternoon, you could do a Twitter search for the phrase "who is U2" and come away with some serious food for thought. Not everyone, it turned out, was watching Apple's big unveiling of its…   Read Story »
A decade ago, when Death From Above 1979 first stalked the earth, it was hard to know what to do with them. They weren't dance-punk, and they weren't noise-rock, though if you squinted hard enough,…   Read Story »