Sean McCarthy is a freelance journalist and an old media news junkie.
All in a Day's Work: The Kurt Vile Interview | 25 Oct 2015 // 8:30 PM
In the midst of supporting new album b'lieve i'm goin' down, Kurt Vile talks about family, inspiration, and blue-collar life (Philly style).
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.
Blackalicious: Imani | 1 Nov 2015 // 7:05 PM
Blackalicious's first album in 10 years (part 1 in a trilogy) is an unflinching look at family dynamics. Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the genre of dad-rap.
Wilco: Star Wars | 20 Jul 2015 // 8:30 PM
Saying "What's more fun than a surprise?" Wilco drops their shortest, barest album in their career, and it feels fresh and new.
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.