Mom and Dad are baby boomers. Though they're not just any kind of boomers. They are an underrepresented type, a minority voice within their generation. My parents never liked Bob Dylan and thought the White Album was too weird. So the 1960s that Mom and Dad passed down to me was different from the o ... More >>
2010 continued 2009's heavy schedule of reissues, with release of spruced-up editions of Exile on Main St. and the Apple Records catalog being flogged as mainstream news items. Geezer rockers of course take this as definitive proof that today's music sucks. Premature post-postmods like Patton Oswal ... More >>
Action JacksonTrashcan Sinatras Thursday, July 30, 2009 Café Du Nord Better Than: Any other Scottish band on a wet weeknight in San Francisco The Trashcan Sinatras are one of pop's--and Scotland's--best-kept secrets. They've been around for two decades, winning fans via extensive college rad ... More >>
By Chris Gray It's time to rank the best of what went around and came around again. BILLY JOEL The Stranger (Columbia/Legacy) As punk and disco exploded, the Piano Man's deeply unhip 1978 breakthrough proved that top-shelf Broadway/Brill Building songwriting could still sell - and, occasionally, ... More >>
Gus Van Sant returns to disaffected youth and shoestring budgets in Paranoid Park.
Dangerous Game (Norton Records)
Behold - the forgotten history of the Beau Brummels, the true originators of the San Francisco sound of the '60s
There are some benefits of big-city gentrification. Jesse Malin's brilliant new record is one of them.
Sweet and sexy, the New Pornographers make pop that sticks
Take a Picture (Oglio)
Ex-Green on Red mainstay Chuck Prophet continues his solo metamorphosis with The Hurting Business
The traveling salesman is the symbolic star of Vic Chesnutt's sixth and sexiest album
How can Burt Bacharach make a comeback when he never went away?