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Graveyard pull their weight

Any rocker worth his salt eventually realizes the paradox of total heaviosity: even the heaviest riff requires a light touch, and moments of brutal rage become meaningless without some lightness to offset the shade.
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  January 08, 2013


The soft touch of Jessie Ware

Fashioning a personal sound is a mysterious and difficult process. In Jessie Ware's case, the end result, her glistening and stirring 2012 debut, Devotion (Universal), shows just how magical this kind of alchemy can be when done right.
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  January 11, 2013


Seasonal forecast: A wintry mix of sounds from A$AP to Depeche Mode

I think that I speak for at least some kind of majority when I say "2012, don't let the door hit ya!"
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  December 21, 2012


Descending into madness: National pop of 2012

Harvests are deteriorating, polar icecaps are melting, eternal global war is a way of life, and people seem to think that Japandroids are the future of rock.
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  December 18, 2012


Marvel Comics’ untold story: Interview with Sean Howe

In Sean Howe’s masterful new book, hundreds of interviews with Marvel insiders yield an intriguing tale as gripping as any X-Men story arc.
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  December 06, 2012


Musical literary stocking stuffers

The choices for books by and about rock stars are almost endless this season. Here are a few.
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  December 05, 2012


Boxed and Ready: CD Box Sets

Hey, the Rolling Stones’ 50th anniversary isn’t the only ancient history to get hopped up about this year — here are some other treasures from the vaults.
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  December 05, 2012


The explosive center of Boys Noize

In recent years, the ascent of electronic music has caused some anxiety among the sensitive and the conservative.
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  November 26, 2012


Lamb of God's arrested development

Lamb of God, a crew of Virginia pummelers who have been riding the rock-and-rollercoaster since their formation as Burn the Priest in 1990, had this year reached a point that veteran bands often do, when the momentum of their early, hungry stage was replaced by a machine-like state of perpetual activity.
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  November 19, 2012


Kreayshawn battles back

Kreayshawn is a prime example of the type of supernova pop-star cycle that we can expect in the Internet era; not only because of her meteoric rise and almost-as-powerful backlash, but in the way that fame gives her fans and detractors alike such personal access.
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  November 14, 2012


Kvelertak put rock in a chokehold

Kvelertak's missives come packaged in dark roiling paeans to Norse gods and demonic urges, filled with screamed yearnings and frantic warnings.
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  November 08, 2012


Earning interest in MillionYoung

It could be said that Mike Diaz, a/k/a MillionYoung, is living through the adolescence of his musical career.
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  November 01, 2012


Diplo dishes a Major Lazer

After years of putting his sonic touches on other people's tunes, Diplo is hoping to finally step out into the light on his own.
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  October 19, 2012


How Atlas Shrugged links Canadian prog-rock and our terrifying veep hopeful

Ryan, Rush, & Rand
If, god forbid, Paul Ryan were to get elected vice president, we might have our first executive-branch hard-rock fan, which is somewhat in line with rock culture's slow shift from radical to conservative.
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  October 19, 2012


Milligram back for another strike

The history of rock and roll is endlessly cyclical, with each generation hitting "reset" and trimming the fat of a previous generation's indulgences, getting back to what is essential and absolutely needed.
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  October 12, 2012


Interview: God save John Lydon

When Sex Pistols impresario Malcolm McLaren coined the phrase "cash from chaos," he may have been describing his own filthy lucre, but for the members of rock's most explosive group, the fiduciary comeuppance was and has been eternally forthcoming.
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  October 10, 2012


Adam Ant tries to climb back on top

"Ridicule is nothing to be scared of," sang Stuart Leslie Goddard, a/k/a Adam Ant, on his seminal 1981 pop/post-punk smash "Prince Charming."
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  October 05, 2012


Ten national pop acts that will dominate fall charts

When working on a sophomore follow-up to a successful debut, most bands react to the extra dough and time-as-luxury bounty given to them by trying to cram as much as they can into the confines of their new grooves.
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  September 19, 2012


Getting loud with Lightning Bolt

What is noise?
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  September 19, 2012


Minimalists and maximalists

The xx | Coexist
When working on a sophomore follow-up to a successful debut, most bands react to the extra dough and time-as-luxury bounty given to them by trying to cram as much as they can into the confines of their new grooves.
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  September 19, 2012
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