Category: Music

Youngest Son Adds Laments to the Indie Hymnal

Sincerity marries sorrow in an album with a tuneful, memorable pop sensibility.
Eve Tushnet August 6, 2014

Richard Powers and the Blown-Up Cultural Narrative

When music is freed from cultural filters, how do fans find the songs that matter?
Scott Galupo March 24, 2014

Understanding Fuddy-Duddy Beatle Haters

They didn't so much push musical boundaries as consolidate advances.
Scott Galupo February 11, 2014

Loving Through the Pain: Why Learning an Instrument Matters

Mark Oppenheimer started a conversation over at The New Republic on whether parents ought to force their children to…
Gracy Olmstead September 22, 2013

Three Cheers for the Sideman

In a recent segment of HuffPost Live, James Poulos spotlights one of my under-the-radar musical heroes: guitarist Waddy Wachtel.…
Scott Galupo August 5, 2013

Five Unusual Manifestations of Narrative Form

New Yorker blogger Bee Wilson explored the narrative form in recipes on Monday. While introducing readers to William Sitwell’s…
Gracy Olmstead August 3, 2013

Mumford and Retroculture

Watching the above parody, I thought about about an NPR story from about a month ago about “retro-acculturation,” in…
J. Arthur Bloom May 23, 2013

News Flash: ‘Glee’ Producers are Really Lazy and Unscrupulous

Hey look, @gleeonfox ripped off my cover of Baby Got Back: bit.ly/WME9Ho. Never even contacted me. Classy. — Jonathan…
J. Arthur Bloom January 22, 2013

The Mountain Goats: Disco Purgatorio

Since we’re talking about Christ-haunted indie music … first, you guys should listen to the Weakerthans. And second, there’s a…
Eve Tushnet October 9, 2012

Mumford & Sons and the Death of Church Music

Christian rock and hipster folk-pop pull the same emotional levers.
J. Arthur Bloom October 4, 2012