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 »
Does the world need another Interpol album? I ask because El Pintor is best described as "another Interpol album." This is objectively true in the sense that it is an album, and it is by Interpol,…   Read Story »
There's a moment on Spoon's new song "Outlier" where Britt Daniel sneaks a sharp splinter of film criticism into one of the tough, terse, personal songs that Spoon is so known for: "I remember when…   Read Story »
Long one of rock and roll's most cantankerous headline makers, the past eighteen months have seen Morrissey refining his troublemaking tactics in new and unforeseen ways. There was the generally…   Read Story »
There aren't many reasons why a finished album would never be released to the public. Most available explanations might involve irreconcilable differences between an artist and his record label, or,…   Read Story »
There were plenty of good reasons not to like Born To Die, Lana Del Rey's first album, and there were plenty of bad reasons, too. I hated the album, for reasons both good and bad. Good reasons: It…   Read Story »
Jack White seems to be in a weird life-place right now. As someone who regularly writes news stories about White, writing news stories about White isn't much fun. If you're inclined to build an image…   Read Story »
According to legend, punk rock began as a reaction against classic-rock excess. But every revolution calcifies into tradition eventually, and every rebellious kid has to grapple with growing up. On…   Read Story »
Ghost Stories is a breakup album, but it's also a Coldplay album. "Call it magic/ Cut me into two," Chris Martin sings amidst the iridescent churn of lead single "Magic," presumably referencing the…   Read Story »
Have you ever heard voices? The sound of people echoing around in your head, unsettling you deeply, even when you know they're not real? I have. Only a couple of times. Didn't last long. I was at the…   Read Story »