I should begin here: During the actual '90s, I was much too busy listening to Japanese videogame soundtracks (educate yourself) to actually enjoy '90s pop music. My first-hand memories of most of it are hearing it in a car, at a skating rink, on somebody else's Discman, and shaking my head in lonely ... More >>
There's something fascinating and a little frightening about putting together a playlist for an event that is not you sitting in front of your computer in a bathrobe, refreshing Twitter. All the things you take for granted in the music you enjoy--the little background flourishes that charmed you onc ... More >>
When I saw Katy Perry last summer, one scene that stuck with me occurred during "Hot N Cold," where Katy donned a number of costumes under a hula-hoop curtain. I think that represents Katy's career: A series of cut-away costumes replaced behind a magical curtain. Katy Perry's latest, "Part o ... More >>
The "40 best artists making music right now?" Nah.
November 23 and 24
The worst of the worst
A year so good, not even Sleater-Kinney makes the Top 10
The Dark Side of Oz? Man, that's just the tip of the iceberg
A "rock star" writes an open letter to Britney Spears
Or: What do cake walks, the Backstreet Boys, and Jon Cunningham have in common?