Sean McCarthy is a freelance journalist and an old media news junkie.
Wednesday, September 17 2014
Mike Watt has been in so many iconic bands that it's sometimes easy to lose count, but now, with a stripped-down Italian trio called il sogno del marinaio, Watt is doing his most daring work yet ...
Tuesday, August 26 2014
Several years sober, KISS' Ace Frehley comes fresh off some time at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to release his first solo album in over five years -- and definitely knows how to write a sexy song better than Robin Thicke.
Sunday, February 2 2014
Jon Hopkins' Mercury Music Prize winning Immunity was an electronic masterpiece that was unlike anything people had heard before.
Monday, May 6 2013
They were big in Australia, but as politics slowly began to inform their lyrics, the band soon began taking off worldwide, and now, with an epic two-disc retrospective out, Rob Hirst walks us through Midnight Oil's entire career, and what a journey it is.
Tuesday, October 4 2011
If there was a gravestone for MTV-style '80s metal, it would probably be Guns N' Roses' 1991 opus Use Your Illusion I and Use Your Illusion II.
Wednesday, November 12 2014
Kirk Walker Graves' mix of fanboy marvel and critical detachment will convince even Kanye West detractors to give My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy a close listen.
Monday, August 18 2014
Little Rock's Pallbearer add some studio sheen with their sophomore release while maintaining the mudslide-like heaviness of their acclaimed debut.
Sunday, June 29 2014
Lyrically dense and musically intimate, Invisible Hour, aims to be less a part of your hard drive and more a part of your record collection.
Monday, May 5 2014
In what should have been a breakout album, Live From Chicago feels like a master storyteller retell jokes you've already heard.
Wednesday, November 13 2013
Luscious Jackson's first album in almost 15 years was part of a fan-driven campaign. Unfortunately, much of Magic Hour will have fans likely wanting more.
Tuesday, September 16 2014
Last week, Apple answered the question "Why mess with perfection?" by quietly killing off the iPod Classic.
Wednesday, February 26 2014
A coffee house fixture in Los Angeles, Beck nearly got lost in the deluge of alt-rockers with his left-field hit "Loser". Then his follow-up album put him in the category of musical visionary. Ranging from barely-contained chaotic works to seamless masterpieces, here are his ten best efforts.
Wednesday, February 12 2014
During a week where you're bombarded with overpriced consumerism disguised as love, here are ten albums that look at love's hangover.
Thursday, October 3 2013
"Ozymandias" may be Breaking Bad's crowing achievement, but "Felina" gave audiences what they wanted, and it's mercifully devoid of pandering.
Tuesday, September 4 2012
Be it providing the ingredients for a successful summer movie "recipe" or by opening new ways to roll out blockbusters, here are the top five "definitive" years for summer movies.