Let’s get one thing out of the way: the War on Drugs put out the best album of 2014. It’s called Lost in the Dream, it is everything rock music aspires to be, and I knew within two[...]
One of the few advantages of being a broken down, 42-year-old bastard like me is you no longer have to listen to new music. I still do listen to new music, of course. But with clas[...]
In today’s age of instant reaction, the verdict on what’s cool and what isn’t can change as swiftly and unexpectedly as the wind. Something can go from being deemed “cool” by the u[...]
Bonnaroo Arts and Music Festival, 2013, Manchester, Tennessee. It’s Friday night and Paul McCartney has just finished his main stage set. You look at your iPhone, which still has 4[...]
Here is my review of Comedown Machine, the latest album from The Strokes:   What? ** Here is my track-by-track breakdown of the album: 1. “Tap Out” – What? 2[...]
Odd Future makes rap music for people who hate rap music. Odd Future makes soundtracks for people who fantasize about walking into an Apple store in slow motion. Odd Future is a Yo[...]
I saw him in Los Angeles one day. He was just another older guy with thinning hair and an awesome gray ZZ Top-style beard. If you didn’t know who he was, you might surmise that he [...]
I’m standing in a packed venue in Echo Park, watching a band called Kitten, and I am annoyed. I am annoyed because the band in front of me, which consists of an eighteen-year-old g[...]
 “This is a brand-new song. This is a premiere, I guess. I’d like to dedicate this to Christiano’s Restaurant. This is called, uh, ‘Scenes From an Italian Restaurant.’” These words[...]
With heralded releases by Grizzly Bear, Yeasayer and the guy with the neck beard that lives in the apartment under you, 2012 was a banner year for Brooklyn’s always-fertile indie-r[...]