Rickey Wright

Wild men of Nashville.

Speakin’ Out

Bobby Bare Jr.'s anti-Nashville screed.

 

Bill Rieflin: staring at you slowly, quietly.

A Breath and a Pause

Slowing things down, Bill Rieflin discovers sound within silence.

 

Berry Gordy Jr. and the first of his many platinum singles.

Ain’t That Peculiar

A new box set unveils Motown at its earliest—and strangest.

 

Andy Bey at Jazz Alley

Andy Bey at Jazz Alley

The sun was sinking through Jazz Alley's lightly curtained windows when Andy Bey hit "Midnight Sun" during each of his sets last Tuesday and Wednesday… Continue reading

Andy Bey at Jazz Alley
Detroit Cobras

Cobra Killers

Detroit band overcomes stupid ideas, collaborates with heroes.

Detroit Cobras

David Gedge 101

"My Favourite Dress" (1987)."A Million Miles" (1987)."Take Me!" (1989)."Brassneck" (1989)."Dalliance" (1991)."Suck" (1991)."Corduroy" (1991)."Make Me Smile (Come Up and See Me)" (1992)."Step Into Christmas" (1992)."Spangle" (1994)."Gazebo"… Continue reading

Seu Jorge: ain't no bourgeois samba.

Favela Blues

Seu Jorge's raw elegance transcends the hipster samaba revival.

Seu Jorge: ain't no bourgeois samba.
Karen Schoemer

Great Pretenders: My Strange Love Affair With ’50s Pop Music

Learning to love Connie Francis’ “Where the Boys Are,” and all she implies.

Karen Schoemer
Finishing each other's sentences since 1989.

Guilt and Pleasure

Rock criticism's power couple get their talk on at EMP's Pop Conference.

Finishing each other's sentences since 1989.
Spank Rock: oversexed playground rhymes.

Inside Jobs

The Streets' and Spank Rock's disparate indoor musings.

Spank Rock: oversexed playground rhymes.
Dinosaur Jr. lives, from left: J Mascis, Murph, and Lou Barlow.

Living All Over

The surprising return of '80s indie-rock heroes Dinosaur Jr.

Dinosaur Jr. lives, from left: J Mascis, Murph, and Lou Barlow.
Run, don't walk, to see Os Mutantes.

Mutant Invasion

Brazilian legends Os Mutantes crack the U.S. circuit, 30 years later. BY Rickey Wright

Run, don't walk, to see Os Mutantes.
New Orleans' Pain and Pleasure

New Orleans’ Pain and Pleasure

Dr. John and band rep the Ninth Ward at Jazz Alley.

New Orleans' Pain and Pleasure
R Place

R Place

Three stories of fun in a lovely vintage Capitol Hill building, R Place welcomes gays, straights, and everyone in between. There's dancing (on the vast… Continue reading

R Place
Blige: Steaming pipes, '70s echoes, self-dramatization.

Soul for Sale

Mary J. Blige and Van Hunt trade on their idiosyncracies.

Blige: Steaming pipes, '70s echoes, self-dramatization.
The Scent of Irony

The Scent of Irony

Art Brut aren't just talking to the kids.

The Scent of Irony