Beck hasn't made an album under his own name in six years, but he's done plenty of thinking about albums -- about how they work, about what they can do. He's taken to producing albums for other…   Read Story »
There's some chance that Beyoncé's new self-titled album is the best album that anyone has released in 2013. I don't want to overstate things here; it's not perfect. Jay Z's verse on "Drunk In Love"…   Read Story »
Talking to Pitchfork last month, M.I.A. called "Paper Planes" "an accident": "It wasn't a song we made for the masses. It took two years to get popular, and there were many fights about censoring the…   Read Story »
Pity the noise music underground. Think of it: An entire global scene taking root and flowering over the course of decades, finding strongholds in unlikely urban centers, developing its own…   Read Story »
Arcade Fire have spent the better part of a decade growing into their own majesty. Funeral, for all its estimable sweep, existed very much in the context of early-'00s indie, with all the scraggly…   Read Story »
Titles say a lot in Pearl Jam's discography. Not in the sense that they do with any artist -- you know, cluing you into what they're writing about -- but in the sense that the structure of their…   Read Story »
Until now, the Dismemberment Plan's discography has been a near-perfect chronicle of the arc from smartass youthful exuberance to quarter-life crisis to grown-up stability, culminating in the…   Read Story »
When Justin Timberlake released "Take Back The Night," the first single from the second volume of his The 20/20 Experience album, there was some confusion on the internet: How in the hell did…   Read Story »
Drake changed rap. He reshaped the landscape and forever altered the things that we expect from big rap stars. Before Drake, sensitive souls like Andre 3000 and Kanye West made a point of showing…   Read Story »
MGMT could have ruled the world. There was a time when Andrew VanWyngarden and Benjamin Goldwasser had a vise grip on pop culture, when smash singles "Kids" and "Electric Feel" and "Time To Pretend"…   Read Story »