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Wednesday, June 1 2011

Kanye West = Batman? Five Perfect Broadway Superhero Musicals We'd Like to See

If only the creators of the Spiderman musical had chosen Elvis Costello instead of U2 to create Spidey's soundtrack... While we're at it, here are some ideas for Broadway's next pack of superhero shows.


Wednesday, December 16 2009

The Best Live Albums of 2009

This has been a year teeming with one of the most robust outputs of live recordings in recent memory.


Columns

Sunday, June 2 2013

Tomorrow Belongs to Her: The Art That Rose Against Thatcher

Margaret Thatcher is dead, yet her influence is stronger than ever. What lessons can be drawn from the cultural response to Thatcherism, and can they be applied again?


Sunday, October 16 2011

Old Country Comfort: How the British Might Save American Music (Again)

The British saved rock 'n' roll, reignited the blues, and may just make country music more American.


Reviews

Tuesday, August 27 2013

'Graham Parker & The Rumour: This is Live' Gains Momentum, But Does Not Sustain

Graham Parker reunited with the Rumour and played their first live show together in 31 years for Judd Apatow's This is 40. The band is heavy on the skill, but not quite as heavy on the passion for their classic songs.


Monday, November 1 2010

Elvis Costello: National Ransom

The Elvis Costello/T-Bone Burnett partnership yields an eclectic album that stands alongside the artist's past glories.


Tuesday, June 2 2009

Elvis Costello: Secret, Profane & Sugarcane

Costello's latest completes his trio of 2000s Americana albums. Though enjoyable enough, it is the weakest of the three.


Thursday, October 18 2007

Elvis Costello: My Aim Is True

Costello's classic debut gets yet another double-disc reissue (its fourth reissue in 14 years), including a 1977 live show with a newly formed Attractions.


Monday, August 27 2007

Elvis Costello: Elvis Costello Live: A Case For Song [DVD]

A Case For Song is filled with plenty of convincing evidence that Elvis Costello is guilty, beyond the shadow of a doubt, of being one highly creative cat.


Blogs

Monday, July 22 2013

Elvis Costello & The Roots – “Walk Us Uptown” from New Album 'Wise Up Ghost'

Elvis Costello and the Roots are teaming up for a new album releasing in September via the famed Blue Note Records. 'Wise Up Ghost' offers a compelling blend of the Roots' deep funk and Costello's acerbic vocals, tied together by fabulous songwriting.


Friday, February 15 2013

Counterbalance No. 116: Elvis Costello's 'My Aim Is True'

The 116th Most Acclaimed Album of All Time would like to go to Spain or somewhere like that, with its two-tone bible and its funny cigarettes; its suntan lotion and its castanets. Counterbalance is waiting for the end of the world.


Tuesday, September 4 2012

Girls, Girls, Girls, Etc.: Elvis Costello - "Night Rally" and "Radio Radio"

"Night Rally" is threatening and filled with devastating imagery, and "Radio Radio" -- while no less subversive in its subject matter -- is more upbeat, and most satisfyingly, contains a proper resolution.


Monday, August 27 2012

Girls, Girls, Girls, Etc.: Elvis Costello - "Lipstick Vogue"

"Lipstick Vogue" builds off themes established previously on This Year's Model, but here the Attractions are simply unrestrained.


Monday, August 20 2012

Girls, Girls, Girls, Etc.: Elvis Costello - "Living in Paradise"

This song's inconvenient placement in the This Year's Model track sequence might in part be responsible for its relative anonymity.


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