Wednesday, October 8 2014
From breathtaking reformulations of shoegaze to British soul revival, this batch of stellar recordings from the 2000s is an eclectic one.
Tuesday, September 23 2014
The historical unfolding of hip-hop bears a strong similarity to that of literature. With that lineage in mind, it's easy to see why the '00s found hip-hop taking on its postmodern stage.
Thursday, December 26 2013
It was a year of thrilling comebacks from legends like My Bloody Valentine and David Bowie as well the launch of major new talents like Lorde and Kacey Musgraves. These artists had the biggest impact on the shape of music in 2013.
Thursday, December 23 2010
Sixty slices of musical greatness highlighted by one of the most delightful expletive-ridden hits in pop music history.
Monday, July 9 2001
-- I personally have no problem saying that 'The Sopranos' and 'The Marshall Mathers LP' are masterpieces. I am simply waiting (maybe in vain) for media critics to acknowledge the creative genius of Black rap 'gangstas.'
Monday, November 4 2013
Eminem returns to his 2000 smash sophomore effort and again earns his place on top of hip-hop's Mount Rushmore. Ever worry about what it might be like once he begins to age? This set is all the reassurance you need.
Wednesday, September 19 2012
P!nk remains very aggressive about not taking things too seriously.
Tuesday, August 30 2011
Kanrocksas, while no Lollapalooza, was a fine, inaugural music festival with great potential.
Tuesday, June 14 2011
Maybe it's 15 years too late, but Eminem and Royce's resurrection of Bad Meets Evil is mostly a gift hip-hop fans ought to flock to.
Monday, June 21 2010
Eminem finds his fire and his flow again on Recovery, nearly reinventing himself in the process.
Monday, February 28 2011
Did Eminem become more personal by hawking products for two more major corporations? In my view, he probably emasculated his best song (“Lose Yourself”), in
Wednesday, May 19 2010
When Jay-Z and Eminem announced last week on ESPN that they'll be doing a double concert at Yankee Stadium and Comerica Park this fall, I
Wednesday, May 5 2010
In 2009, Eminem -- a poor, scrawny, trailer dwelling kid from the outskirts of Detroit with a liquid flow and acute sense of humor -- alienated
Sunday, September 13 2009
Pop Heroism, One Song at a Time
Tuesday, May 19 2009
The way that the films Notorious, 8 Mile, Walk The Line, and Ray lead up to scenes of performances shows the remarkable and subtle endurance of troubling racial stereotypes and ideals.
Saturday, February 12 2011
Eminem has built his career around the idea that he has two sides — the sly, potty-mouthed battler Slim Shady and the more serious, more inspirational
Monday, February 7 2011
CHICAGO — Remember the days when Eminem was considered an outlaw? Remember when a foul-mouthed, equal-opportunity offender sold gazillions of records while the industry that profited