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 »
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 »