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 »
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 »