Robert Loss teaches writing and literature at Columbus College of Art and Design. His critical writing about music and comics has also appeared in Los Angeles Review of Books, Public Books, The Comics Journal and elsewhere. His short fiction has been published in Filigree and Mayday. His book of music criticism, Nothing Has Been Done Before: Seeking the New in 21st Century American Popular Music will be published this fall by Bloomsbury. 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."
Power Play: Brian Williams, Leonard Cohen, and "First We Take Manhattan" | 14 May 2017 // 9:30 PM
In "First We Take Manhattan", Leonard Cohen recognized the shared appeal of extremism in politics and art as the allure of power.
Lana Del Rey's "Love" in the Era of Trump | 2 Apr 2017 // 10:00 PM
"Love" makes me wonder if we've misheard Del Rey's use of nostalgia, mistaking it for the rose-colored (and heart-shaped) variety when instead it produces a fog.
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).