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Review: Foo Fighters – The Colour and the Shape

This album originally came out May 20, 1997. In honor of the album turning 20 this year, and our feature on the Best Alternative Rock Songs…
Jessica Hopper / April 25, 2017

Teklife Forever: DJ Rashad and DJ Spinn Reflect on Footwork’s Chicago Origins, Global Spread

This wasn't supposed to be a eulogy. This was supposed to be the story where Rashad and Spinn were going to tell how they came…
Jessica Hopper / April 29, 2014

You Will Ache Like I Ache: The Oral History of Hole’s ‘Live Through This’

It's hard not to work through the what if's of Live Through This. What if the world had gotten a proper introduction to this album?
Jessica Hopper / April 14, 2014

The Hold Steady’s Craig Finn Talks Female Characters, Catholicism, Drinking

Craig Finn is not quite "America's Storyteller" but he's spent six albums with the Hold Steady scratching at all the misery and lust that lurks…
Jessica Hopper / March 26, 2014

Annie Clark Burns Down the Boys’ Club on the Poised, Effortless ‘St. Vincent’

In the relatively short span of what now constitutes four St. Vincent albums, Annie Clark has become an icon. That's no surprise — she's smart…
Jessica Hopper / February 25, 2014

Bruce Springsteen Rages Against Coherence on Awkward Remakes of ‘High Hopes’

The magic trick that still powers Bruce Springsteen's epochal career is his ability to rescue clichés, trick them out with an impossible earnestness, and make…
Jessica Hopper / January 9, 2014

Angel Haze Brings Too Many Flowers and Not Enough Fire to the Chaotic ‘Dirty Gold’

Angel Haze is not the Rah Digga of now, nor the Jean Grae of tomorrow, nor the Nicki Minaj of several years from now. On…
Jessica Hopper / December 31, 2013

The Reluctant Survivor: Tim Kinsella on a Prolific, Polarizing Career at the Art-Rock Margins

Tim Kinsella won't stop. He can't. He's played the reluctant star from the moment he first emerged as the mercurial bandleader for Cap'n Jazz, setting…
Jessica Hopper / December 16, 2013

M.I.A.: A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Artist

"I was the only one who was able to draw in the whole class," says Maya Arulpragasam, a.k.a. pop icon M.I.A., of her earliest school…
Jessica Hopper / November 13, 2013

Miley Cyrus’ ‘Bangerz’ Serves Up the Perfectly American Horrorshow We Deserve

What is there to "review" when it comes to a Miley Cyrus album? Her singing, affected and perfected by software? How her powerless pop makes…
Jessica Hopper / October 7, 2013

Album of the Week: Stream Deap Vally’s Brutalist Boogie Tantrum ‘Sistrionix’

Though Deap Vally's Sistronix was written in the San Fernando Valley, it stomps and swaggers like vintage bayou boogie, with Lindsay Troy's thick-as-a-brick blues riffs…
Jessica Hopper / October 1, 2013

Body/Head’s ‘Coming Apart’: Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon Rises Snarling From the Ashes

Kim Gordon is getting the last word. As each member of Sonic Youth has gone solo successively since the band's shocking 2011 breakdown, we've gotten…
Jessica Hopper / September 5, 2013

Kathleen Hanna Throws a Grown-and-Sexy New Wave Dance Party on the Julie Ruin’s ‘Run Fast’

What a drag it is, getting old, or so Mick J. thought. But like seemingly every punk of yore, he stuck it out anyway, inspiring…
Jessica Hopper / September 3, 2013

Superchunk’s Sobering, Electrifying ‘I Hate Music’ Might Just Save Your Life

Death is everywhere on I Hate Music, Superchunk's 10th studio album. Sidling right beside us, doing air-guitar windmills on his scythe, from album opener "Overflows"
Jessica Hopper / August 16, 2013

Dead Girlfriends’ ‘On Fraternity’: A Roundtable

On Monday, James Brooks, formerly of the electronic-minded duo-turned-solo-project Elite Gymnastics, debuted his new alias, Dead Girlfriends, with a four-song EP called Stop Pretending. One…
Jessica Hopper / August 2, 2013

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