Wednesday, February 10 2016
To paraphrase art critic Peter Schjeldahl, beauty is a kind of action and reaction between the work and the viewer, or the listener, or the reader. Beauty happens.
Friday, February 5 2016
What Bowie's music describes, again and again, is that we were endlessly, relentlessly killing ourselves.
Thursday, February 4 2016
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.
Monday, January 25 2016
Like its Serbian counterpart, Tamil Turbo-folk masquerades as ethno-nationalist resistance against the dislocations brought to bear by nation building, liberalization, and globalization.
Tuesday, January 19 2016
To listen to Mahler is to claim your soul hasn’t been splintered by postmodernity -- even if you hate Mahler and disbelieve in the soul.
Friday, January 15 2016
PopMatters' jazz critics didn't include Kamasi Washington's The Epic on their "Best of 2015" list, despite its huge acclaim by mainstream critics. Here's why.
Tuesday, January 12 2016
The working class song has to speak of boundaries and ambition, but it also has to say where the performer stands among the people, among the classes—or where he thinks he stands, or wants to stand.
Wednesday, December 9 2015
Avant garde trumpeter Nate Wooley has chosen to interpret the music of his childhood hero, the conservative Wynton Marsalis. Why not?
Tuesday, December 8 2015
An astonishing performer of mixed heritage, Quetzal Guerrero (QViolin) finds a balance between down home earthy blues and the simmering elegance of otherworldly Latin rock.
Thursday, December 3 2015
Drummer Josh Eppard offers a jovial yet highly earnest examination of how his career, personal demons, and pop culture interests relate to Coheed and Cambria's newest disc, The Color Before the Sun.
Tuesday, November 17 2015
The purpose of this column has been to revisit, reassess and, above all, celebrate classic prog rock, so it’s inevitable we name names and select the best of the best.
Tuesday, November 10 2015
Is it possible that the very idea of the working class doesn't exist in popular music today -- as if it's been erased?
Friday, October 30 2015
A mainstream metal band like The Black Dahlia Murder is more explicit than anything the Parents Music Resource Center sought to regulate in 1985.
Wednesday, October 21 2015
With his new collaboration with French singer Emilie Lesbros, Darius Jones cements his position as a brilliant, model jazz musician in the new century.
Friday, October 16 2015
In his full proper debut album, Turkish rapper Kamufle creates brilliant soundscapes that evoke the vibrant and animated colours of graffiti art, where daisy-age hip-hop meets an Eastern sensibility.
Tuesday, October 13 2015
Even if you've never heard Swift's original performances, you're hearing them when you listen to Ryan Adams perform 1989.
Friday, October 9 2015
Guitarist Piotr Grudziński reflects on the inspirations, processes, and intentions that make Riverside's latest opus, Love, Fear and the Time Machine, another fearless trip into its distinctive and beloved style.
Thursday, October 8 2015
It's hard to imagine an American band that's more inventive, death-defying and affable as Los Lobos. A new book and record reveal why.
Monday, October 5 2015
I first loved and admired Sarah Records not because it had begun, but because it had ended. It seemed to me ending things took much more courage, strength and self-discipline than beginning them.
Wednesday, September 30 2015
This may be the year that sexist music festival organizers have finally met their match.