The opening song on Surgical Steel -- the first album of new music in 17 years from English death metal band Carcass -- is an intro track called "1985." It's not an especially oblique reference: 1985…   Read Story »
Jay-Z has compared himself to a lot of people in his decades-long career: Mike Tyson, Michael Jordan, Michael Jackson on "Niggas In Paris," before that "Biggie in his prime" on the disturbingly…   Read Story »
Just over a minute into Yeezus, Kayne West is riding the malfunctioning-star-destroyer glitch-screams of "On Sight" when he poses a rhetorical question: "How much do I not give a fuck? Let me show…   Read Story »
Any time a metal-curious friend asks me to explain the distinctions separating different metal subgenres -- most often re: death metal vs. black metal -- I tell them to start by focusing on the…   Read Story »
Last June, we published a feature called the Top 20 Albums We've Been Waiting For Forever, counting down a bunch of our favorite artists from whom a new full-length was: (A) long overdue; and (B) not…   Read Story »
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 »