Back Stories | My 2009 Interview With Dolly Parton

With Ken Burns’ latest superb music documentary series Country airing this month, I figured it made sense to pull out some interviews I've done with country legends over the...

Back Stories | My 2010 Interview with Rush’s Neil Peart

Like every other Canadian rock fan — and every other drummer who spent decades in a futile quest to play half as well as he did — I was...

Rewinding 2019 | The Busiest Bodies

Back in the '60s and '70s, bands routinely put out two and even three albums a year. Thankfully, there are still a few artists who remember those days —...

Back Stories | My 1998 Interview With Royal Trux’s Jennifer Herrema

With notorious rockers Royal Trux poised to release White Stuff, their first studio album of new material in nearly two decades, this seems like a good time to resurrect...

Luther Russell | The Tinnitist Interview

Luther Russell has just realized something very cool about his latest album Medium Cool. "This is fairly strange," the singer-guitarist, songwriter and producer says from his L.A. home, "but the...

20 Questions With Jeff Gay

Jeff Gay is no starry-eyed romantic. Despite the title of his recent album Stargazer, the disc finds the Nova Scotia folk-rocker eyeing the darker sides of love and romance....

Rewinding February | My Top 10 Albums Of The Month

From where I sit, February was not the greatest month for new music. In fact, next to January — which gave us memorable titles from Andy Shauf, Black Lips,...

Rewinding 2019 | The Firmly Rooted Singer-Songwriters

I reviewed enough singer-songwriters this year that I decided to divide them into two groups. If you're looking for the rootsy kind — your folksingers, your acoustic troubadours, your...

Submission Accomplished | 5 Recent Gems From The Digital Mailbag

Thanks to the inexplicable popularity of my Submit Music page, I always have a digital backlog of albums, EPs, singles and videos awaiting my perusal. Here are the latest...

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,...

Indie Roundup (Family Feud Edition) | Oct. 22, 2018

They say families that play together stay together. I don't know about that. But I do know these two families sent me their latest videos and albums. So I'm...

Rewinding August | The Best Rap, Soul & Funk

Sure, you want the funk. You need the funk. You gotta have the funk. But some rap, R&B and soul never hurt either. Here are August's finest, freakiest and...

Rewinding August | The Best Pop & Rock

From Lana Del Rey and Taylor Swift to The Hold Steady and Volbeat, the pop and the rock were plentiful in August. Here's the toppermost of the poppermost, listed...

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 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...

On Repeat | Best Music