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Elvis Costello’s ‘Armed Forces’ Remains a Potent Critique of Power

Elvis Costello’s ‘Armed Forces’ Remains a Potent Critique of Power

Forty-five years after Elvis Costello’s Armed Forces first arrived in record stores, its commentary on fascism is extremely relevant to today’s politics.

Barney Bubbles’ Labours of Love

Barney Bubbles’ Labours of Love

The brilliant and troubled Barney Bubbles wanted to inspire and did so through his remarkable litany of album covers. A new retrospective tells his tale.

New Weds and Nearly-Deads: 10 Under-Appreciated Elvis Costello Albums

New Weds and Nearly-Deads: 10 Under-Appreciated Elvis Costello Albums

While many of Elvis Costello’s albums are regularly heralded as masterpieces, these ten albums don’t get nearly the love they deserve.

Love and Unhappiness Go Arm in Arm: Elvis Costello’s ‘Imperial Bedroom’ at 40

Love and Unhappiness Go Arm in Arm: Elvis Costello’s ‘Imperial Bedroom’ at 40

Elvis Costello’s Imperial Bedroom is a shape-shifting masterpiece of chamber-pop, folk, bursts of punk rage, Beatlesesque earworms, jazz-leaning future standards, and bits of pysch rock.

41 Essential Pop/Rock Songs with Accordion

41 Essential Pop/Rock Songs with Accordion

No popular musical instrument has been more frequently maligned than the accordion. Despite gaining hipster cred in the 1990s, its role in pop remains underappreciated.

Elvis Costello Remakes His Classic ‘This Year’s Model’ in Spanish

Elvis Costello Remakes His Classic ‘This Year’s Model’ in Spanish

Elvis Costello re-imagines his second album This Year’s Model by having Latinx rockers sing his classic songs on Spanish Model.

The Foaming Breakers of the Poisonous Surf: Elvis Costello’s ‘Mighty Like a Rose’ at 30

The Foaming Breakers of the Poisonous Surf: Elvis Costello’s ‘Mighty Like a Rose’ at 30

Elvis Costello’s Mighty Like a Rose is among his most unjustly maligned albums, making it ripe for reexamination.

Cowpunk: A Brief Y’alternative History

Cowpunk: A Brief Y’alternative History

Cowpunk is a reaction against conventional country music, yet embodies some of its distant and deepest traits. Likewise, it's also a reaction against punk, yet manifests as one of its purest expressions.

Elvis Costello Gets Dark and Brooding on ‘Hey Clockface’

Elvis Costello Gets Dark and Brooding on ‘Hey Clockface’

Elvis Costello is a complex man of dark humor and flashes of anger as he keeps fighting the good fight armed with a razor wit.

Between the Grooves: Elvis Costello – ‘This Year’s Model’

Between the Grooves: Elvis Costello – ‘This Year’s Model’

The latest Between the Grooves is a track-by-track deconstruction of Elvis Costello's malicious 1978 masterpiece, This Year's Model.

Elvis Costello Gets Dark and Brooding on ‘Hey Clockface’

Elvis Costello Gets Dark and Brooding on ‘Hey Clockface’

Elvis Costello is a complex man of dark humor and flashes of anger as he keeps fighting the good fight armed with a razor wit.

New Wave: Turning Rebellion into Money

New Wave: Turning Rebellion into Money

If 1977 was New Wave's breakout year, by 1979 it had become an industry force, all but replacing punk as a viable vehicle or term of currency.