Classic Albums: Pet Sounds expands the mythos of one musician to an entire group, and in doing so, allows us to see the project in a different, equally compelling light.
26 Sep 2016
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.
26 Sep 2016
Fifty years on, Brian Wilson’s emotive musings on love, loss, and loneliness have proven to be truly timeless.
15 May 2016
Some photos of Brian Wilson and John Cusack discussing Love & Mercy and of a Skin Wars body-painting fashion show.
11 Jun 2015
Brian Wilson's life has all the makings of a modern day epic poem, a promise that Love & Mercy delivers on.
05 Jun 2015
The latest installment of Pop Unmuted talks about pop artists who are far into their careers, starting with the latest Brian Wilson album. No Pier Pressure.
27 Apr 2015
By showing the range and the influence these session musicians had on the hits from the '50s to the '70s, The Wrecking Crew proves their place in rock 'n' roll history.
13 Mar 2015
While there are obvious downsides to the kind of discography that the Beach Boys have assembled -- it's dense, lengthy, and larded with inconsistent results -- one of the payoffs deserves special mention: those moments of discovery.
15 May 2014
Five good reasons to catch Brian Wilson, Al Jardine, and David Marks in concert if you get a chance.
09 Aug 2013
Almost half a century later, The SMiLE Sessions fully vindicate Brian Wilson's obsessive efforts: the material is complex but accessible, intense but assured, the fully realized vision of a unique talent.
26 Aug 2012
“When I Grow Up to Be a Man” is about envisioning the past. It was written by a 23-year-old who imagined a 13-year-old imagining what it was like to be 23. This is still the position the septuagenarian Beach Boys are in today -- looking back at their younger selves looking forward to a future that is not the present, an impossible future.
08 Jul 2012
The Rolling Stones, the Beach Boys, Metallica and other rock groups have been around for decades. What are the keys to their longevity?
20 Jun 2012
F. Scott Fitzgerald was wrong. Artists as various as Roky Erickson, Brian Wilson and Shuggie Otis prove there are second acts in American popular music.
20 Jul 2009
With something like 80 events, the Sydney Festival is the city’s most definitive claim to world-class culture. So imagine the excitement I feel when I find a couple of tickets to Brian Wilson waiting.
15 Jan 2008
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