Ten years ago, three grown men approaching middle age lived in a house together in Secaucus, New Jersey. A recently married fourth was living in a Garden State home to the south. Ostensibly the…   Read Story »
When I was 13, my family moved from Baltimore proper to the suburbs outside town. And in the first few months I lived out there, I made a weird regular habit of riding my bike a couple of miles to…   Read Story »
The Breeders' second album Last Splash was an indie rock album that became a hit. That means something else right now. An indie album that becomes a hit -- Bon Iver, Bon Iver, say -- dominates…   Read Story »
Billy Corgan was the first star produced in alt-rock's early-'90s star-producing boom period who could've been a rock star in any less civilized time, too. In the '70s, Corgan's gift for triumphal…   Read Story »
About a year after Cypress Hill released Black Sunday, their second album, I went to see Pulp Fiction. During that scene when Vincent Vega walks into Mia Wallace's house, when the opening bars of…   Read Story »
At this point, Björk has been so esteemed for so long, and she's followed her own muse down so many rabbit holes, that she basically exists outside the context of circa-2013 music. She might show up…   Read Story »
For about a week before I wrote this piece, I was looking for an excuse to go for a long drive at night and listen to Zooropa. That was how I first discovered the album, on late night drives home…   Read Story »
Before Michigan, Sufjan Stevens was a footnote within a curiosity. In 2003, the Michigan-raised Brooklyn transplant was best known as part of the entourage surrounding Daniel Smith’s off-kilter…   Read Story »
The past decade of Liz Phair has been a bit weird and awkward. There were the two flawed but intriguing major-label albums, failed crossover bids both, which led to the music press treating Phair…   Read Story »
You gotta remember, by '93, all hell had broken loose. Major labels had no business getting into bed with death metal, but at that moment it was a free-for-all -- free love, free money, everybody in…   Read Story »