The Red Alert

 

The Red Alert

 

Live Review

Wild Flag

Troubadour

Wild Flag’s concert was great. Let me tell you about it. But first: an old-fashioned tangent.

Context – it matters. Or at least it should. Music criticism is often pushed into a vacuum of sorts, where bloggers/reviewers use one-sheets and Wikipedia entries to feign a deeper knowledge in back catalogs, or, on the flip side, pretend to be able to be entirely objective about bands with which they’ve forged incredibly deep and personal relationships.  When someone writes a scathing review of the new Metallica and Lou Reed album – as I did (as everyone did) – it seems… relevant whether the reviewer has always hated Metallica and metal… or whether Master of Puppets or Metal Machine Music is their favorite album… or if they somehow just emerged from a cocoon and had no opinion about either of those artists before sitting down to absorb their new piece of art... More

Wild Flag

 

 

Interview / Archive

El-P

Right as he dropped I'll Sleep When You're Dead, El-P chatted with us about the nature of political hip-hop, the difficult balance between artist and businessman, and his quest to make an album that spoke to the human condition in these troubled times... More

El-P

 

 

Album Review

Emperor X

Western Teleport

Emperor X - Western Teleport

If you are thinking about moving to the city of Los Angeles, or if you’d just like to pretend you live in the city of Los Angeles, Emperor X is a man that can help you. I don’t think I’ve ever heard so many references to my own city.... More

 

Album Review

Dum Dum Girls

Only in Dreams

Dum Dum Girls - Only in Dreams

For this writer, the evolution of the Dum Dum girls is both great and damaged by exposure. Remember before the internet inundation and you didn’t know every waking move of every celebrity on the planet? ... More