The underground has always been hip-hop's lifeblood. Born in unofficial dance parties spread only by word of mouth, hip-hop's beginnings are rooted away from the mainstream. The cutting edge of the…   Read Story »
If something portends future classic status for an album, it may well be contemporary artists covering songs from the record shortly after its release. This was certainly the case with Joanna…   Read Story »
For the first few years of the new millennium, indie-rock's ever-shifting center of gravity was always getting louder and more aggressive. Post-Radiohead morbidity, post-Pavement slackerdom, and…   Read Story »
For all his charisma and sinew and theatrical flair, Trent Reznor was a deeply unlikely rock star -- more unlikely, even, than his mixed-up gaggle of early-'90s peers. Reznor was a keyboard nerd from…   Read Story »
This year is going to be a strange one for anniversaries. On one hand, we have a slew of British albums turning twenty -- Definitely Maybe, His 'N' Hers, Parklife -- that mark the rise of Britpop.…   Read Story »
Has "Loser" aged well? I honestly have no idea because I can't hear "Loser" as a song anymore. Years ago, "Loser" entered that "Smells Like Teen Spirit"/"Hey Ya" rarefied air, the territory of…   Read Story »
Before he was the nucleus. Before he said "George Bush doesn't care about black people" on a nationally-broadcast telethon. Before a 2006 Rolling Stone cover depicted him as Christ, crown of thorns…   Read Story »
Have you thought about Franz Ferdinand much lately? After the one two-punch of their self-titled debut in 2004 and You Could Have It So Much Better in 2005, the Scottish indie rockers slowed down a…   Read Story »
Back in December, I wrote a profile about the Walkmen that doubled as a maybe-eulogy for the band as they embarked on an indefinite hiatus and various solo projects. It was inevitable that the…   Read Story »
In May 1994, the former Dead Kennedys frontman Jello Biafra walked into the DIY Berkeley punk venue 924 Gilman Street, and he didn't walk out again. While Biafra was watching whatever band he was…   Read Story »