Articles tagged music criticism

The Story of Billie Holiday’s Life Shouldn’t Overshadow the Power of Her Music

To say that Billie Holiday's songs remain memorable because we know she lived a hard life does her artistry a most insulting disservice.

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Kiss Kiss Bangs Bangs: Pauline Kael, Lester Bangs and the Twitter Age

Maybe if one writes reviews like they're the only things that matter, the way Pauline Kael and Lester Bangs did, then writing reviews is enough.

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How Close Is Too Close? One Music Writer Considers Where to Draw the Line

Why do we write about music? Why do we try to surround ourselves with people who either share that love or are at the very least part of the reason we feel the way we do? And why, if we sincerely love when those lines cross, can't we do something about it?

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Accentuate the Positive: Why Music Critics Write So Many Favorable Reviews

The author is expected to not only justify the album’s existence, but to justify the need to write about it in the first place. Is it any wonder then that such an intensely personal (and often defensive) writing tends to veer towards positivism?

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“A Fanatical Fan with Fanatical Opinions”: An Interview with Jim DeRogatis

Noted pop music critic Jim DeRogatis discusses much with PopMatters, including getting into fights with Wayne Coyne, why Lou Reed is frustrating to talk to, and why Lollapalooza is Wal-Mart ...

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Rush: Rock Music and the Middle Class—Dreaming in Middletown by Chris McDonald

If, like me, you’re a plebe who doesn’t go in for this sort of analysis, go listen to Permanent Waves.

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7 Jan 2008 // 9:59 PM

Coltrane: The Story of a Sound by Ben Ratliff

Story of a Sound isn't just the story of a sound. It's a piece of jazz criticism that passionately questions and enhances the role of jazz criticism.

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23 Apr 2007 // 2:18 PM

I’ve been banned by Gwen Stefani. I’m not surprised. We have a history. Plus there’s the matter of a certain outraged column

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22 Apr 2007 // 11:00 PM

The Boy Who Cried Freebird by Mitch Myers

Despite reading like a book set on random, Myers is a fantastic writer with a great ear for rhythm.

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Inside the Music of Brian Wilson by Philip Lambert

It's the ultimate in the band A = band B + band C style of music criticism, and it grows old quickly.

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Who Owns What?: Engaging the Fog of Hip-Hop

How do the "artist" and "critic" reconcile each other's presence? How literally must one walk this way in order to talk that way?

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A Chat with José González at Newport Folk Festival

// Notes from the Road

"José González's sets during Newport Folk Festival weren't on his birthday (that is today) but each looked to be a special intimate performance.

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