For a high school/college kid in the early '90s, it was easy to get fed up with the U.S. mainstream's increasingly homogenized take on popular music -- especially whenever the disappointing Grammy Awards came around every February. The Grammys have always had an elderly, buttoned-down air to their w ... More >>
The 33 1/3 pitches are open again! For music obsessives, this long-running series of short books devoted to iconic albums has been a great resource for amusement and exhaustive reporting. Two personal favorites from the series are Carl Wilson's tome about Celine Dion's Let's Talk About Love and C ... More >>
Photos by Nick Wosika TOOL July 1, 2010 Xcel Energy Center Do you ever get tickets for a big arena show, drive to one of the downtowns then stress out looking for parking, pull into the first ramp you see, pay up, and then, only then, does the thought strike you that you drove to the wro ... More >>
You go to war with the military you have, I guess.
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No longer "Just a Girl," Gwen Stefani mirrors teen-pop starlets and ends up reflecting upon her own image
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A compilation tape from the DeStijl/Freedom From Festival--the weirdest songs you'll never hear on the radio
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The Year's Best National Albums (A Wholly Objective and Statistically Sound List)
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A scramble through doughnut shops north and south
Road-tripping to Texas for South by Southwest
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The Kinleys and Shelby Lynne offer womanly alternatives to Nashville's bombast of latter-day chastity
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Does Rage stir the revolution--or provide the soundtrack for the next white riot?
The characters on PJ Harvey's latest album do it until they come undone
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