Sean McCarthy is a freelance journalist and an old media news junkie.
Radiohead's 'The Bends' and the Escape from Alternative Nation | 12 Apr 2015 // 9:00 PM
While OK Computer is important in its own right, The Bends transformed Radiohead from being a potentially indistinguishable Alternative Nation contributor to a band who has redefined the term "rock" for the past two decades.
Everything Has Changed, Nothing Has Changed: Music in a Post-9/11 World | 2 Mar 2015 // 9:00 PM
The attacks of 9/11 may have caused a noticeable shift in the lyrical content of musicians and even sonic changes in the short term, but, in the end, normalcy finds a way to settle in.
Father John Misty: I Love You, Honeybear | 8 Feb 2015 // 8:06 PM
Josh Tillman leaves the depression that triggered his beloved debut behind. In its place is the subject of love in all its beauty and messiness.
Lupe Fiasco: Tetsuo & Youth | 5 Feb 2015 // 8:06 PM
Lupe Fiasco ends his troubled relationship with Atlantic Records with a thrillingly ambitious sendoff.
Requiem for Perfection: R.I.P. iPod Classic | 16 Sep 2014 // 5:00 AM
Last week, Apple answered the question "Why mess with perfection?" by quietly killing off the iPod Classic.
A Strange Invitation: Ranking the Beck Albums | 26 Feb 2014 // 3:00 AM
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.