The struggle to make sense of how things felt — and sounded — 20 years ago
A decade worth of New Jersey indie rock, Tune-Yards' very best, erotic engagement and ennui from the '20s (the 1920s, that is), and Lucy Dacus's verbal…
The Big Lookback: A 1971 piece on singles from Tommy James, Jean Knight and Freda Payne, the joys of AM radio and the dark forces of shlock-rock.
Red-diaper baby gets the Attica documentary she deserves
Pleasure without guilt, inspirational verses, the generosity of Sonny Rollins and David Bowie (et. al.), bridging the language gap (or not), and the se…
Discontented candor, miraculous West Indian guitar, political hip-hop with aesthetic vortex, and punk-sparked roots. Plus: Ghanaian Afrofunk, a happy a…
Liz Phair: "Horror Stories" (258 pp., 2019); Marc Ribot: "Unstrung: Rants and Stories of a Noise Guitarist" (216 pp., 2021); Jim Flannigan: "Don the Bu…
Generalizations too vast to swear by, instrumentals worth hearing, the algorithm vs. the people, and Frank Zappa vs. George Clinton.
In 1991, Biz sampled Gilbert O'Sullivan's "Alone Again (Naturally)" and changed hip-hop — though not in ways anyone intended
Underwear-clad quarantine broadcasts, bouncy Sleater-Kinney, mood music for a time of perpetual disquiet, and Cobain variations. Plus: strong women on …
In the 43 years since "Some Girls," "Dirty Work" is the best album the Stones came up with. No, fuck you.
Amanda Petrusich, "Mickey Guyton Takes On the Overwhelming Whiteness of Country Music" (2021, 15 pp.); Geoff Mann, "Why Does Country Music Sound White?…