"I know it makes no sense, but I know it's going to work out, that I shouldn't give up," says Kristeen Young, punctuating the serious thought with a bright, loud laugh, as she does often in conversation. "There's no logic to it, but I know the best is still to come."
Kristeen Young performs with Mo ... More >>
Tomorrow is the fourth of July, which means the celebration of American independence from Great Britain, which means Americans gathering in various wide-open spaces in order to watch things blow up. The big New York fireworks party is sponsored by Macy's, with the featured entertainment being none o ... More >>
The Grammys have a determinedly behind-the-times history, and Song of the Year is one of the ceremony's most reliably old-fashioned categories. It's given to the songwritereven though what constitutes a "song" today is a lot different than when the Grammys began in 1959, back when sheet music ... More >>
Monday, January 30
Better than: Finding a Sugababes album in the 99-cent bin.
British pop stars have had something of a rough go when trying to break America, despite often working with much better material than much of what's on the charts over here. The sacking of poor ... More >>
In this week's Village Voice, on newsstands now: I pick my 10 favorite concerts of 2011 (Patrick Stump (above), PJ Harvey, and tUnE-yArDs all make the short list); and Francis Davis runs down recent standout releases by tenor saxophonists.
A number one song from 2011. Not really helping the year's case, this.Welcome to the 2011 edition of the Sound of the City Year-End Critic Roundtable, an epistolary back-and-forth about the year in music between five observers of the medium: Tom Ewing; Eric Harvey; Nick Murray; Katherine St. ... More >>
The two big formats that have long ruled over popular music are the single and the album. They have a great duality between them: the song and the collection; the sliver and the whole; the appetizer and the main course. Albums are the full-length format long considered pop music's ultimate a ... More >>
Today marks the release of Patrick Stump's debut solo album Soul Punk, and I'm going to put my cards on the table: It's my favorite album of 2011, and has been since I first heard it. (You can stream it here.) Hooky and witty and jam-packed with instantly hummable tunes, it is a fantastic pop ... More >>
On October 18 Patrick Stump will release his solo debut Soul Punk (Island), a fantastic, hooky pop-soul record, full of choruses that soar into the stratosphere and crystalline lyrics. The Fall Out Boy lead singer plays every instrument on the record, and the album lays bare his appreciation for bot ... More >>
One of my favorite albums of the year that isn't out yet is Soul Punk, the first solo full-length from Fall Out Boy vocalist/producer/former Law & Order guest star Patrick Stump. (It comes out October 18.) Each of its tracks is packed with pop crunch and funk bite and heart, but "Allie" has been the ... More >>
Yesterday hiatusing Fall Out Boy frontman Patrick Stump released "Explode," a twitchy, danceable track about a man so pressured by his midlife crisis, he's willing to blow up everything he knows. Its world-crashing-down mania is led by Stump's spirited vocal, which leaps octaves in a single b ... More >>
Courtney Love isn't entirely feeling this whole performing live thing anymore. The recent incarnation of Hole played three shows at SXSW--the first of which, the Spin 25th anniversary performance was pretty bad-ass, haters be damned--but her Holeness was miserable. "In Austin, I hated every minute ... More >>