Where did all the happy rock and roll go? When did mainstream rock stop being clever and sexy and open? In a world where every musical style is a mouse click away, why must it close off so many possible sound colors and expression shades? Even the better nu-metal guilty pleasures and their smarter post-Radiohead relatives avoid joy and wit, fearing they might appear soft or fake, and I'm not exempting bands I love either. Like the last decade's hip-hop, rock now too often conflates realness and death, and it's been like this since many months before... More >>>