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Jack White’s Boarding House Reach Could Use Some Cleaning Up

If Jack White cannot get to the point on his third solo effort Boarding House Reach, we will: this album is a mess. It’s not…
Brad Shoup / March 23, 2018

Miguel’s War & Leisure Pits Personal Against Political to Sterling Effect

As Miguel Pimentel evolved from behind-the-scenes hitmaker to legitimate star, his use of guitar served as a sturdy narrative peg. Having demonstrated his facility as…
Brad Shoup / December 26, 2017

Review: Beck’s Enjoyable Colors Is His Most Professional Pop Album Yet

Those expecting Colors to be Beck’s return to pop should ponder how limited their definition of pop is. After all, his previous record—2014’s…
Brad Shoup / October 13, 2017

Tom Petty Never Backed Down

Of the millions of kids who watched the Beatles perform on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1964, thousands would attempt a career in music. Of…
Brad Shoup / October 3, 2017

Chris Cornell’s Rare, Re-Released Poncier EP Predicted Where Grunge Would Go Next

Last month, I was in Seattle for the Pop Conference, held every year at the Museum of Pop Culture. My conference admission included museum access,…
Brad Shoup / May 19, 2017

Review: On Heartworms, the Shins Move Past Boring Indie Rock Debates to Have Some Fun

The Shins’ fifth album, Heartworms, could not have arrived at a worse time, dropping as it has at the tail end of an biannual…
Brad Shoup / March 10, 2017

Review: Ryan Adams’ Prisoner Reveals a Man Comfortable With Heartbreak

Ryan Adams' new record Prisoner is, thematically, a record of dissolution. In various interviews, Adams has affirmed the connection between the album and…
Brad Shoup / February 17, 2017

Review: Since They Left Us, the Avalanches Found a World Not All That New on ‘Wildflower’

So many ways to counter the sophomore slump, and the Avalanches chose the most difficult one. It didn’t have to be like this. The time-release…
Brad Shoup / July 7, 2016

Review: Nick Jonas Chills Out and Gives Us What We’re Yelling For on ‘Last Year Was Complicated’

If you, like Nick Jonas, are a pop star, and last year was uncomplicated — if it was rote, perhaps, or merely pleasant — fire your team.
Brad Shoup / June 17, 2016

Prince: Defender of His Legacy

"Record companies are run by men who think they run America. They think they’re the smartest but they’re not. They don’t know what’s going on…
Brad Shoup / April 22, 2016

Maurice White of Earth, Wind & Fire: Chasing the Clouds Away

"Strong, driving rhythm and easily remembered hooks." That’s how Earth, Wind & Fire founder and mastermind Maurice White -- who died yesterday at 74 --…
Brad Shoup / February 5, 2016

Review: Foo Fighters’ Best Record in Years Is the Tragedy-Stricken ‘Saint Cecilia’ EP

In the nearly two decades since The Colour and the Shape put him on a whole new map, Dave Grohl’s highest profile is not as…
Brad Shoup / December 2, 2015

Review: CeeLo Reminds Us He Predicted Meghan Trainor on the Gauche ‘Heart Blanche’

CeeLo Green would like to show you the life of the mind. The burden of the artist was the animating concern of "Crazy," the deathless…
Brad Shoup / November 5, 2015

Review: Carrie Underwood Sells Outlaw Country Its Soul Back on ‘Storyteller’

As the Earth careens toward the Winter of Adele, spare a thought for Carrie Underwood. We’re still waiting for her to release a non-American Idol…
Brad Shoup / November 3, 2015

Review: Luke Bryan Leaves Spring Break Behind as He Pushes 40 on ‘Kill the Lights’

You can leave your headlamps on for only so long. Eventually, the battery’s gonna die. Judging by the title of Luke Bryan’s fifth record, Kill…
Brad Shoup / August 14, 2015

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