Self-indulgent storytime: The first and only time I ever did acid, I was in ninth grade, and I stayed up all night at a friend's house even though I had a basketball game the next day. Everything was…   Read Story »
I spent the summer of 2004 living in Athens, Ohio, my one summer on campus during a four-year stint at Ohio University. Athens is an exceptionally sleepy place in the summer, a tiny rural college…   Read Story »
Talking about the dead -- especially those with tremendous, all-encompassing legacies -- is a contentious task for any music critic. The conversations around deceased artists often get trapped in…   Read Story »
Following up a career-making, universally acclaimed opus is enough to fray the edges of a human being's sanity. We saw this in Meeting People Is Easy, the impossibly morbid documentary about…   Read Story »
Like Mormonism, Guided By Voices worship is practiced worldwide, but the literal and spiritual homeland is especially dense with the faithful. Whereas all things LDS originate from Utah, the heart of…   Read Story »
Let's Go, the sophomore album from the Berkeley punk band Rancid, is not my favorite album ever. Most days, it's not even my favorite Rancid album; that distinction bounces back and forth between…   Read Story »
Stone Temple Pilots were better than Pearl Jam. Nobody was allowed to admit that in the '90s, when self-seriousness reigned and alternative rock was supposed to be Very Important Business -- or…   Read Story »
Where did "Sabotage" come from? I'm not talking about the fake-cop-show video, a clear masterpiece of the form and the main reason Spike Jonze ever got to make movies in the first place. I'm talking…   Read Story »
"Where were you when you first heard Diary?" It's a question whose answer will always speak volumes of the era Diary emerged from, the generation it spoke to, and the legacy it left behind.…   Read Story »
I didn't know my cousins from Cleveland all that well, so it was startling to see the two of them out in the street in front of my other cousins' house, climbing up each other's backs, shouting with…   Read Story »