| Jul 20, 2014
| 8:19 PM
Reports from Sunday, day three at the Pitchfork Music Festival in Union Park, from Greg Kot (GK) and Bob Gendron (BG):
1:09 p.m.: College rock, circa 1990, lives on in the form of Speedy Ortiz. Unfortunately, the co-ed Massachusetts quartet is...
| Jul 4, 2014
| 8:00 AM
What is known as a cover in pop music -- a composer and/or performer making a song his or her own -- is ancient history in classical music. In medieval and Renaissance times, the chant tune on which masses were built was commonly a cover of a standard...
| Jun 30, 2014
| 6:45 PM
In the same way that there's no such thing as a terrible Pablo Picasso painting, it's hard to imagine Brian Eno releasing a record worthy of dismissal, let alone contempt.
Some of his 50-odd solo and collaborative albums may be more difficult than...
| Jun 30, 2014
| 8:16 AM
Brian Eno and Underworld's Karl Hyde had themselves a time in the studio recently, emerging with not one but two albums released in quick succession the last two months.
The first of these, "Someday World" (Warp), consisted of relatively concise tunes...
| May 12, 2014
| 2:30 PM
Pepsi is getting ready for next month's World Cup with "Beats of the Beautiful Game," its first "visual soundtrack" that will include 11 songs and films from an eclectic group of artists and filmmakers including Janelle Monae, Timbaland, Spike Lee and...
| May 19, 2014
| 8:40 AM
Give Coldplay this: After its biggest-selling album and most successful tour, a $110 million jaunt across the world’s arenas and stadiums with big anthems to match, the quiet, insular “Ghost Stories” (Atlantic) was hardly expected....
| Apr 25, 2014
| 1:21 PM
2 stars (out of 4)
"Everyday Robots" (Warner Bros.) is Damon Albarn's first solo album and also his most personal. It's a soundtrack to a future memoir, with day-in-the-life details coursing through the songs: the...
| Feb 17, 2014
| 7:10 AM
Last Friday, the Pitchfork Music Festival (July 18-20) announced its first batch of acts for 2014, and you may be scratching your head--the fest often showcases acts that haven't hit the mainstream and celebrates different styles you may not be accustomed...
| Feb 18, 2014
| 12:30 PM
Bob Casale, original member and rhythm guitarist of the sui generis post-punk/New Wave band Devo, died on February 17 at age 61.
In a post on Devo's Facebook page, Casale's brother and longtime bandmate Gerald attributed his death to "conditions that...
| Feb 24, 2014
| 10:15 AM
James Murphy's post-LCD Soundsystem life has been more befitting a Victorian renaissance man than a former rock star.
He's dabbled in outside productions, yes, but he's also perfected his own coffee blend, lobbied for MMA fighting and is now looking...
| Mar 8, 2014
| 11:00 AM
In his classic tome "The Rest Is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century," critic Alex Ross compares Minimalism to driving a car "across empty desert, the layered repetitions in the music mirroring the changes that the eye perceives — road signs...