Robert Christgau

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2012

    Roky Erickson - The Kessler Theater - 7/13/12

    Roky Erickson The Kessler Theater Friday, July 13 Sam was in a tattoo shop Savannah, Georgia when he heard Roky Erickson and decided he needed a two-headed dog tattoo. I spotted him at the Kessler Theater bar, and noted Sam looked very young, probably not much past his late 20s. That tattoo now liv ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2011

    Q&A Giveaway: No Age Drummer and Lead Vocalist Dean Spunt Talks Never Fitting In, Earning Rave Reviews and Tossing Out Takes

    How the hell does a DIY, eff-it-all-if-it's-not-art duo birthed out of Los Angeles' famed DIY-venue The Smell come to grips with the pressure of following up a critically successful debut album on Sup Pop? Well, according to lead vocalist and drummer Dean Spunt, if the band's No Age, then it records ... More >>

  • Music

    January 15, 2009

    What No. 1 Songs Tell Us About Inaugurations

    History, as predicted by Inauguration Day's No. 1 hits

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    June 19, 2008


    Tuesday, June 24, at Nokia Theatre

  • Music

    September 27, 2007

    Suck Suck Suck

    Our guide to naming your band

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    June 15, 2006

    Odds & Ends

    Get your recommended weekly allowance of three Dallas staples--down-souf hip-hop, cheeky alt-country and hot chicks

  • Film

    March 13, 2003

    Now Hear This!

    Apartheid didn't stand a chance against so many songs

  • Music

    May 16, 2002

    The Machines Are Winning

    Secret Machines have conquered NYC. Sort of.

  • Music

    December 27, 2001

    Hits and Grins

    The greatest-hits format has fallen out of favor, but sometimes the results are pure gold

  • Music

    November 8, 2001

    Michael Jackson

    Invincible (Epic Records)

  • Music

    August 16, 2001

    Scene, Heard

    It doesn't matter what we say or think

  • Music

    June 28, 2001

    Melody Maker

    Built to Spill's Doug Martsch might claim to be an amateur on the six-string, but don't let him fool you

  • Music

    May 3, 2001

    Youth in Revolt

    Two decades later, Sonic Youth is younger than ever

  • Music

    March 29, 2001

    Blues Valentine

    Tom Waits for no one--except guitarist-singer John Hammond

  • Music

    August 17, 2000

    Kids Play

    The Moss Brothers are a novelty act -- until you hear them

  • Music

    October 21, 1999
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    September 16, 1999

    Restless farewell

    Bob Dylan, the voice of a generation, to be silenced after Paul Simon tour

  • Music

    August 26, 1999

    Young man inside an old man

    With Mock Tudor, Richard Thompson proves you can go home again

  • Music

    January 7, 1999

    Read? What am that?

    The year in rock books which isn't such an oxymoron, really

  • Music

    December 17, 1998

    Leaves us dry

    Robert Christgau's collected essays read like the day the music died

  • Music

    August 20, 1998

    Blank generation

    Hooks, cliches, and highbrow wit: How Stephin Merritt has become a pop songwriter without peer

  • Music

    May 28, 1998

    Sound ideas

    Mitchell Froom provided the sonic boom behind some of the '90s' best records

  • Music

    May 14, 1998

    Small apologies

    Eddie Van Halen doesn't really care if you like the "new" Van Halen

  • Music

    January 16, 1997

    Farther along

    Emmylou Harris has a new boxed set, but she won't be trapped by that cardboard tombstone

  • Music

    April 18, 1996

    Mind games

    Kim Deal puts her rock together all wrong, all right?

  • Music

    October 26, 1995

    Far from Gone

    Dwight Yoakam's latest conjures up echoes of '60s AM radio

  • Music

    January 19, 1995

    A new Lowe

    The once and future Jesus of Cool reveals the beast in him

  • Music

    December 1, 1994

    Writer's block

    Marshall Crenshaw struggles to recapture his inspiration