When a brilliant artist drops a surprise album out of nowhere, like gold from the sky, it's a cause for celebration: Radiohead ripping through music-business paradigms, Beyoncé asserting giddy…   Read Story »
Before we even get into how good the new Sleater-Kinney album No Cities To Love is -- and it is very good -- we should take a moment for what a miracle it is that the album exists in the first place.…   Read Story »
Sometimes when I listen to Animal Collective I feel like I'm peering through a kaleidoscope into heaven, and other times I'm pretty sure I'm vomiting through a fault line into hell. Setting aside the…   Read Story »
Every once in awhile, an artist somewhere on the R&B/soul/black music spectrum releases an album that's simultaneously an attempt to come to grips with America, and to tell America to go fuck itself.…   Read Story »
For months now, for the whole leadup to the release of The Pinkprint, the question surrounding the album has been this: Pop Nicki or Mixtape Nicki? Earlier in the year, Nicki absolutely cut loose on…   Read Story »
The Smashing Pumpkins defy easy narratives, but it seems safe to say the band's "classic era" ended as soon as its "classic lineup" fractured. The Pumpkins' immortal first three albums -- 1991's…   Read Story »
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 »