Rewinding October | The Top Pop & Rock

Joy and sorrow, survival and mortality, loneliness and connection — the best music I reviewed in October dealt with all of these topics (and more) with eloquence, intelligence, originality...

Rewinding October | The Top Indies

Superstar jams, garage-band greats, noisy masterpieces, post-punk upstarts, multi-culti marvels — and plenty more where they came from. October was another good month for indie-rock fans. Here's the best...

Rewinding October | The Top Loudness

From riff-rock to punk and speed-metal to glam, there was plenty of headbangable fare on the roster this month. Guess that's why they call it Rocktober. Here's the biggest...

Rewinding October | The Top Box Sets

At this time of year, the box sets start to come thick and fast. Before I dig into this week's offerings (R.E.M. and Bob Dylan, for those keeping score...

Rewinding October | The Top Live Albums

I saw a ridiculous headline recently that said something like, "Live Albums Are Irrelevant, So Why Do People Keep Making Them?" That was about the dumbest thing I've heard...

Rewinding October | The Top Rap & Hip-Hop

Between one thing and another, I haven't had time to check out a lot of new rap and hip-hop albums this month. Hell, I still haven't found time to...

Rewinding October | The Top Blues, Soul & Roots

Van the Man picked up his pen in a big way. The North Mississippi Allstars got on a new roll. The Avetts played politics and made it personal. The...
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Back Stories: My Unabridged 2010 Interview With Steve Miller

Since Steve Miller’s latest retrospective Welcome to the Vault arrives Friday — and since the man hisself showed up The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Thursday to promote...

Rewinding September | The Top Indies

Like countless critics, much of my time is taken up by major-label releases. But also like countless critics, I always try to make some room for the deserving indie...

Rewinding September | The Top CanCon

From pop supergroups to rock legends, there was plenty of great music coming out of our home and native land in September. Here are the best titles I heard,...

Rewinding September | The Top Returns & Reinventions

Some people hate change. Not me. In fact, there are few things I like more than hearing an artist change their tune, either on their own or with the...

Rewinding September | The Top EPs

Brevity is the soul of wit, they say. Sometimes it works for music too. You don't always need a double album to make your point — an EP can...

Rewinding September | The Top Boxes & Comps

Fall is box set season, as every music fan knows. This year is no exception — there are dozens of anthologies, compilations, expanded reissues and other collectible packages on...

Rewinding September | The Top Live Albums

Back when I was reviewing concerts and going to festivals as part of my job, I used to see up to 500 bands a year. These days, I would...

Rewinding September | The Top Grooves

From British rappers to African bluesmen, here are the albums that got me moving in September, presented in alphabetical order. Just click on the cover pic to read the...

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