I don’t hate ‘God Bless the USA’ because it is cheesy, boring, or even that it gets over-played to the exclusion of better songs, although all of that is true.
Nat Hentoff was widely known as a muckraking journalist, a defender of free speech and the Bill of Rights but, most of all, as a passionate advocate for jazz.
2016 produced a lot of great pop music. You just didn’t hear most of it. But you can fix that here.
This year saw an endless onslaught of new stories, new books, new TV shows, new music. It’s time to recharge, and enjoy some of the treasures of the past.
Country artist Sturgill Simpson’s authenticity reminds everyone just how absurd Beyonce and Drake really are.
Listening to Mannheim Steamroller at Christmas sounds like Jim McMahon’s shades harbored a secret desire to be a classical conductor.
While I stand by my decision to start Christmas carols in October, I accept that some of them are just terrible.
Long gone are the ballads of the common man. In their place, we’ve got lots of booze, driving on dirt roads, and objectifying lyrics about women.
We cheat ourselves when we go straight from Thanksgiving to Christmas without fully appreciating the opportunity Advent offers for reflection, preparation, and joyful anticipation.
We post the ultimate 2016 Election Apocalypse playlist here as a therapeutic aid for all stressed-out political junkies, regardless of ideology.
The 50th CMA Awards on Wednesday night was the best awards show we’ve had in a long time because it veered clear of politics and controversy.
What distinguishes ‘Born to Run’ is all the familiar tales are told solely in Bruce Springsteen’s voice for the first time, and the new information gains from a consistent, first-person narrative.
The opening bars of ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ were meant to tell a story about human evolution and the Übermensch. Now they’re used to sell Pop-Tarts.
Britney Spears, fresh off last summer’s teaser, is back on top again and dominating the stage, protestations of the most ardent Béyonce loyalists notwithstanding.
The whole idiom of rock would have been different if not for the influx of fantasy themes and imagery made possible by J.R.R. Tolkien’s seminal publishing event.
Nina Gordon and Louise Post of Veruca Salt were pop songwriters of a very high order who were only latching onto grunge because it was the idiom of the day.
As a specimen of de-bluesified, sharp-riffed, harmony-laden, absurdly catchy rock and roll, ‘Ricochet’ from the reincarnated Bay City Rollers is a masterpiece worthy of Big Star or Badfinger.
From David Bowie’s earliest steps onto the public stage up to his end, he remained preoccupied with the individual’s struggle against the collective.
You don’t have to major in music to reap the benefits of music lessons. You don’t even have to get very good at it.
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