"I'm searching for phrases / To sing your praises," sings Bob Dylan on "Soon After Midnight" the second track on his latest album, Tempest. I can relate. While many of the phrases that come to mind…   Read Story »
The music made by England trio the xx can be hard to contemplate at face value because, in a sense, there’s not much there. And, much like their not-trying-to-do-too-much-but-already-iconic-somehow…   Read Story »
Following up a masterpiece like Merriweather Post Pavilion is a thankless task: There's almost no way you can create a better album, and even if you do, don't expect anyone listening to think…   Read Story »
If you're an indie rock fan of a certain vintage, then the phrase "Cat Power breakup record" might inspire a certain dread in your heart. You might have uncomfortable memories of watching Chan…   Read Story »
Even though I've been aware of him since The Doldrums -- or at least since Paw Tracks reissued that release in 2004 -- I've never quite figured out what Ariel Pink's deal is. On one hand, he’s got…   Read Story »
When "Rich Forever," the title track from Rick Ross's great early-2012 mixtape, shows up as a bonus track on his new God Forgives, I Don't, one line immediately jumps out: "Your shit pushed back cuz…   Read Story »
Let's get this out of the way first: Last week, when Frank Ocean wrote plainly and beautifully about a past relationship, one with someone who shared his gender, it was an act of absolute bravery and…   Read Story »
Dirty Projectors' Swing Lo Magellan is officially released next week, though the band's streaming the record in its entirety, right now, over at NYTimes. This is great news. Open a tab, press play,…   Read Story »
It's easy to rag on Billy Corgan for being a hypersensitive narcissist who says ridiculous things, but he's been doing that for two decades now. (The first time I cringed at a Corgan comment? In…   Read Story »
Fiona Apple is 34 years old now. For 17 of those years, almost exactly half of her time on this planet, she's been a public figure, one with the sort of devoted mass-cult following whose devotions…   Read Story »