Articles tagged music criticism

‘Bar Yarns and Manic-Depressive Mixtapes’, or, Music criticism, Minnesota-style

Jim Walsh’s writing combines heartfelt personal stories with knowledgeable music criticism. Reading this collection feels like having a conversation with an old friend.

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Racializing Rock: The ‘60s and the White Sounds of ‘Pet Sounds’

Pet Sounds is not a racist text, but its impact was racist because it further encoded rock as a white genre, perpetuating the institutionalized prejudice that relegated African Americans to the margins of rock.

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The Complicated Story of Race and Rock ‘n’ Roll in the ‘60s

In Just Around Midnight, Jack Hamilton explains what happened over the course of the '60s that turned rock 'n' roll white.

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Chuck Eddy’s ‘Terminated for Reasons of Taste’ Reads Like an Eclectic Spotify Mix on Shuffle

Reading Eddy's latest is like listening to a good record store clerk: no judgment, no arrogance, just a pure love of music and some honest opinion.

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‘Warren Zevon: Desperado of Los Angeles’ and the Balance of Fandom and Criticism

George Plasketes has to balance fan appreciation and critical detachment here. He succeeds in providing a deep compendium of all things Zevon.

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‘Music and Capitalism’ Tunes in to Some Hardcore Numbers

Timothy Taylor gives us a sobering look at the history and state of the music business, through the lens of capitalism.

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Bruce Springsteen, ‘The Ties That Bind’, the Working Class, and Authenticity

As we use the term today, authenticity allows no truth from art, only from artists. It visits art the way one visits a subway station or an airport: to get to somewhere else.

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14 Jan 2016 // 7:30 AM

PopTalk: The Poptimism and Rockism Debate

In 2015, the "poptimism vs. rockism" debate has inspired a rash of thinkpieces and Twitter arguments. Is this debate actually saying anything, though?

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Music Writer Jessica Hopper on Her New Anthology and the Role of Women in Music Culture

The Rookie andThe Pitchfork Review editor talks about her latest collection of writings, spanning over a decade.

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No Apologies: A Critique of the Rockist v. Poptimist Paradigm

Both rockists and poptimists treat music as not much more than a social commodity, a consumerized product within the spectacle of American capitalism.

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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 // 8:59 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 // 1:18 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 // 10:00 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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Searching for Wholesome Online Fun: LDS Gamers

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"While being skeptical about the Church ever officially endorsing video games, LDS gamers remains hopeful about the future, knowing that Mormon society is slowly growing to appreciate gaming.

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