| Jul 31, 2011
I've long considered Ellen Willis something of a hero. I hope I live longer than she did (Willis died in 2006, at 64), but otherwise, it's an exemplary life. She was the first pop music critic of the New Yorker, writing 56 pieces for the magazine from...
| Dec 20, 2011
| 6:49 AM
As always with my top 10s, this one includes only studio albums of new recorded music. That means no compilations, no live albums, no archival records, no reissues, and so on. This year, those rules meant the exclusion of some great recordings: reissues...
| Dec 5, 2011
| 9:45 PM
Here are the most notable box sets of the season in rock and pop:
Beach Boys, “The Smile Sessions” (Capitol/EMI, $137): Review HERE.
Leonard Cohen, “The Complete Columbia Albums Collection” (Columbia/Legacy, $170): How much...
| Dec 8, 2011
| 1:56 PM
First, just to be clear, Gospel Music in this case has nothng to do with gospel music. It's the name of an indie-pop band from Jacksonville, Florida.
Owen Holmes, known as bassist for Black Kids, records under that name. Today's free tune comes from...
| Sep 15, 2011
| 10:25 PM
Here come the would-be blockbusters. The music industry inevitably rolls out new releases by its biggest artists in the fall, just in time for holiday gift-giving. This year is no exception, with studio albums expected from Drake and Mary J. Blige; a host...
| Feb 21, 2012
| 6:05 PM
Chicago singer-songwriter Dane Penn answered our Chi-Tunes questionnaire. Do the same and your band could appear in RedEye!
What makes your live show great?
My new record describes some of the personal doubts, struggles, and the pains of life and...
| Oct 5, 2011
| 10:00 AM
Music we can't wait for
Summer, you were a blast, but if we have to endure Pitbull's innocuous "Give Me Everything" or the pounding piano of Adele's "Rolling in the Deep" one more time, there could be blood in the streets. Luckily, fall has arrived...
| Oct 25, 2011
| 7:05 AM
One look at the discography of Nils Lofgren, the longtime guitarist in Bruce Springsteen's E. Street Band, and it's clear the 60-year-old musician can't slow down.
His new album, "Old School," which comes out Nov. 1, will be his 37th solo record,...
| Oct 27, 2011
| 10:34 PM
1 star (out of 4)
Lou Reed and Metallica are not only two of the more exalted names in music – pioneers of punk and thrash metal, respectively – they’re among the most perverse.
Though “Lulu” (Warner Bros.), their first...
| Nov 1, 2011
"The Velvet Underground's first album only sold 10,000 copies," Brian Eno's famous quote posits, "but everyone who bought it formed a band."
The Beach Boys were never remotely in the same universe of rock hipsterdom that the Velvets have long occupied,...
| Sep 14, 2012
| 6:31 AM
Before we get going, here's a semi-spoiler alert: William Close and his earth harp did not win "America's Got Talent." I held off trying to predict winners the whole time I've been doing this and last night, I got a little confident, told everybody...