Kill Your Heroes: Why I Love Springsteen and Loathe Born in the USA

  Nobody’s perfect. Sometimes the only way to understand why you love an artist is to examine something they’ve made that just doesn’t work. Sometimes, you have to Kill Your Heroes. Like many Jersey boys, I was raised on The Boss. Bruce Springsteen is an American Read More …

Jack White’s Lazaretto from the Inside Out [Review]

Lazaretto is a worthy follow-up to Jack White’s first solo album, Blunderbuss, wherein he shed the garage rock trappings of The White Stripes and the psychedelia of The Dead Weather in favor of a more roots-y Americana built on the early blues. White wears his love Read More …

Future Songs of Lonely Little Kitsch: David Bowie and Science Fiction

Science fiction plucks from within us our deepest fears and hopes then shows them to us in rough disguise: the monster and the rocket. -W.H. Auden That epigram adorns the script to Alien, a single-sentence summary of what makes great science fiction work. While we Read More …

“Here Comes The Night Time” – Arcade Fire’s “Reflektor” And Preserving Mystery In The Age Of The Internet

PART I “Do you like rock n’ roll music? Cause I don’t know if I do…” Arcade Fire has never been known for their subtlety; even so, Win Butler’s mumbled admission over the opening riff of “Normal Person” comes as a surprise – at least Read More …