Robert Loss teaches writing and literature at Columbus College of Art and Design. Aside from PopMatters, his critical writing about music and comics has appeared in Los Angeles Review of Books, Public Books, The Comics Journal and elsewhere. His short fiction has been published in Filigree and Mayday. He is currently working on a novel, a book about comics, and a book about popular music. Follow him on Twitter @RobertVLoss or visit his website RobertLoss.org.
Fade Into the Machine: Bon Iver's '22, A Million' | 4 Oct 2016 // 9:30 PM
Bon Iver's 22, A Million may be the first album that, truly, should be dedicated to Big Digital if not artificial intelligence.
Past Present Future: An Interview with the Carolina Chocolate Drops | 27 Feb 2012 // 4:00 PM
"Our job is to tell everyday stories about what's happening with people on the ground. It's more effective to tell a great story than it is to try to be political."
Privilege Corrupts: Donald Trump and "The Devil in His Youth" | 7 Aug 2016 // 10:00 PM
How a song by Protomartyr keeps taking on new meaning in the age of Donald Trump.
Fantastic Negrito's "Working Poor" Is the Soundtrack to the Summer of '16 | 12 Jul 2016 // 10:00 PM
America's working poor exist in a shadow cast by the harsh light of prosperity. "Working Poor" speaks from those shadows, creates light within that space, and insists on being heard.
Bruce Springsteen: The Ties That Bind: The River Collection | 7 Dec 2015 // 9:30 PM
The Ties That Bind: The River Collection shows Springsteen and the band writing their second act, the one where they figured out how to grow up without losing touch with the energy and freedom of rock 'n' roll.
The Malefactors of Great Wealth: Today Is the Best Day of My Life | 2 Oct 2011 // 4:59 PM
Songwriter J.P. Olsen's magic far exceeds that of his hapless protagonist(s).