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Monday, December 22 2014

The Best Albums of 2014

From Polish black metal to mind-blowing progressive R&B and electronic music, 2014's best albums certainly have something for everyone.


Sunday, December 16 2012

The Best New Artists of 2012

The best new artists of 2012 have remade R&B for the new century, pushed eclectic art-rock in new directions, and kept indie rock and hip-hop strong.


Thursday, December 13 2012

The Artists of the Year: 2012 Edition

The 2012 artists of the year range from urgent political punk and hip-hop challenging the establishment -- whether political or economic -- to the rise of a new generation of pop divas and forward-looking indie and R&B.


Tuesday, December 11 2012

Indie Love for Taylor Swift’s Hipster-Baiting 'Red'

The indie community has long embraced the poppiest of popstars. So it’s hard to figure out why it took until 2012 for it to embrace Taylor Swift.


Thursday, December 6 2012

The Best Country Music of 2012

In 2012, you could be forgiven for being dismissive of the country music genre entirely -- to a point. For as long as country exists as a genre, there will be songwriters who are devoted to embodying their own vision of what “country” means, which sometimes means pushing the genre around.


Columns

Monday, June 9 2014

Pronounced Dead: The Art of Cultural Assassination

Two critical catfights are claiming to have buried art-forms which have shaped our civilisation for decades and centuries apiece. Are they entitled to do that?


Monday, March 18 2013

I Read the News Today, Oh, Boy

Listening to the NRA's Wayne LaPierre speak around the massacring of children without missing a beat, it's easy to agree with Lewis Black that this century is starting to look just as physically dangerous as the last one—even if, as Steven Pinker claims, it's actually more peaceful.


Sunday, October 21 2012

Is Taylor Swift Still Country? Do We Care?

It’s hard to determine anyone in the genre who has built up more of an aura of hype and expectation around each new release than Taylor Swift. Each album takes a different step outwards.


Sunday, May 9 2010

So, Taylor Swift, How Far Do You Wanna Go?

Taylor Swift’s Fearless tour in Kansas City saw her go so far as to perform a mid-song hug-a-thon with her audience -- rather like a presidential candidate working the crowd -- except, as my brother said, “I went to a John Kerry rally, and he didn’t hug anybody.”


Reviews

Thursday, October 30 2014

Taylor Swift: 1989

A 40-foot Taylor Swift stomps through Manhattan in chelsea boots and a pencil skirt, bodegas and halal carts crumbling under her heels, waving one enormous pinky finger to Jay and Beyoncé as they cower in their Tribeca penthouse.


Tuesday, October 30 2012

Taylor Swift: Red

More varied in its offerings, but also more disjointed than her previous work, Red sounds like a transitional album for Taylor Swift, as her musical profile undergoes a modern-rock makeover.


Monday, November 29 2010

Taylor Swift: Speak Now

All of Speak Now engages in the act of making our story hers, and her story ours, which is what pop stars do well.


Thursday, November 9 2006

Taylor Swift: Taylor Swift

Sixteen years old, blonde, willowy, and undeniably gorgeous, Taylor Swift is every marketing man’s wet dream girl


Blogs

Tuesday, August 19 2014

Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off" is Catchy, Fun, & Full of Id

Few can deny that Swift is a talented songwriter, but there are only so many times she can attack her "haters" before that trope feels as worn as a months-old US Weekly still sitting on the top of your toilet.


Tuesday, November 16 2010

Nobody Will Ever Do Taylor Swift-Level Numbers Again.

Taylor Swift's popularity has been bubbling for years now, and if the first-week US sales of her latest release, Speak Now, prove to be the climax, they could also prove to be historical. Think about it: who else has the potential to break the million-in-a-week mark ever again?


Friday, September 18 2009

Kanye West: No Sign He'll Ever Learn Anything

The reaction to rapper Kanye West's interruption of singer Taylor Swift's MTV Video Music Awards acceptance speech had snowballed in interesting ways. Even the President


News

Wednesday, November 19 2014

Taylor Swift and Daniel Ek debate Spotify: What’s a fan to do?

Taylor Swift and Spotify's Daniel Ek are more alike than they might like to admit, and their arguing of late is starting to get confusing.


Thursday, November 13 2014

Streaming Poses a Dilemma for Musicians and Fans

U2 “devalued its music completely” by pushing it on listeners whether wanted or not. “It sends a huge mixed message to bands that are just struggling to get by.”


Wednesday, November 5 2014

First week for Taylor Swift’s ‘1989’ album? 1.287 million in sales

Taylor Swift’s “1989” album racked up sales of 1.287 million copies during its first week of release, upending widespread music industry speculation that the million-plus retail


Wednesday, November 5 2014

Taylor Swift Breaks Up With Spotify

Taylor Swift’s latest hit, “Shake It Off,” was written as a message encouraging listeners to ignore trend-conscious bullies, but it’s now also the


Wednesday, October 29 2014

Taylor Swift’s 'Secret Sessions' in Her Living Room

They came from Bakersfield, San Diego, Long Beach and elsewhere across the Southland, about three dozen young women plus a handful of young men who


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