Daft Punk's new album Random Access Memories is a lot of things: A masterful years-in-the-making publicity campaign set to music, a showcase of hellaciously expensive decades-old studio…   Read Story »
At this point, six albums in, the National are practically a genre unto themselves. On Alligator, the first album that many of us noticed, they had a dark and driving intensity that didn't seem too…   Read Story »
The title of Modern Vampires Of The City, the third album from Vampire Weekend, seems like it riffs on the band's name and on its members' status as sharp and witty New York men-about-town, guys who…   Read Story »
Since the release of their triumphant sophomore album, 2007's Cryptograms, Atlanta's Deerhunter have produced a pretty vast catalog that's been both unpredictable and consistently great to an almost…   Read Story »
In his beautiful eulogy for My Chemical Romance, Grantland's Andy Greenwald made much of that band's outsize ambition, and lamented the general dissolution of such ambition among other rock bands of…   Read Story »
On "Raging Lung," a little more than halfway through the Knife's gargantuan new album Shaking The Habitual, a few familiar words show up: "What a difference, what a difference a little difference…   Read Story »
The first time the Yeah Yeah Yeahs played Baltimore, they played first on a four-band Ottobar bill, one headlined by skronk-punk out-of-towners Milemarker and Arab On Radar. The only locals on the…   Read Story »
Is Tyler, The Creator really all that famous? I'm not sure that he is. He's internet-famous, certainly, and underground-popular, but he's not Jennifer Aniston. To hear Tyler himself tell it on Wolf,…   Read Story »
At SXSW, they give you all these bracelets everywhere you go -- indicating you've got clearance to enter different venues or VIP sections or whatever -- and you can't really take any of them off…   Read Story »
Four and a half years ago, I was working at a startup music website that never ended up launching; the parent company decided that it wasn't worth the investment and laid all of us off. But for…   Read Story »