Michael McDonald’s Guide For Finding Love In Uncertain Times

Covid turned me into a hermit. Michael McDonald set me free.

A confession: I listened to a boatload of yacht rock this summer. Actually, it was far worse than that. I went to two yacht rock concerts in a nine-day span — a local cover band called the Buoys of…

The Church of the Pop Fringe

Ethel Cain / photo by Jessica Lehrman

The Florida panhandle is an uncanny realm. True Detective’s first season, the one about the unsolved murders of young women in a southern delta community, was filmed some 500 miles dead west, but its unsettling story feels like it could have happened here. Murky swamps and endless backwoods. Antler horns…

A curious concert spectacle

The unfathomable M83 mascot from the Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming tour (2012)

Right up until the moment the big guy punches me, the show is actually quite enjoyable.

It’s my second time seeing M83 at Boston’s House of Blues in just five months. …

What you prefer may depend on the order in which you heard it

The Smashing Pumpkins at the peak of their powers. (Photo by Paul Bergen)

Our debate took ten years to unfold, but it was over in ten words.

“I’m not saying you’re wrong. I just believe something different.”

Before I explain, let’s get one thing straight: Siamese Dream is peak form Smashing Pumpkins. This is not debatable. No alternative facts allowed. The Chicago alt-rockers…

An obsessive’s compendium

Artwork by Ashley Rose Falkowski

The ubiquitous crush of technology, climate change, a resurgence of fascism, the dread of isolation — Radiohead’s music has foreshadowed and survived it all. The British rock Emeriti are the closest living, breathing thing we have to the pop music royalty of the Beatles. They’re tunesmiths, sonic warlocks, unapologetic experimentalists…

We could all learn a lesson or two by avoiding the hot take.

Author created image with photos from Django Crosby and Davis Bates

In his book “Ten Arguments For Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now,” the technologist, scholar, and humanist Jaron Lanier offers ten reasons for trying the unthinkable and taking a luddite’s approach to connecting online — just don’t do it.

He strikes a tenor similar to the Netflix documentary The…

Shades of Computer Blue

photo by Joseph Rodriguez

(Note: In the spring of 2020, COVID-19 quarantine began and everything else stopped. Live concerts stopped. The world stopped. I wrote this piece during the first couple of months of the pandemic. The isolation was just sinking in. A year later, it still rings true. …

Ten musicians who helped us pass the time in an interminable year

10–6 | 5–1

5. Moses Sumney
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Whether lying nude on his album cover or standing six-foot three at a video shoot spattered in glitter, Moses Sumney’s physical form exudes a canonical masculinity—charismatic, chiseled, and imposing. It makes…

Ten musicians who helped us pass the time in an interminable year

It seems contradictory to even place those two words within earshot of each other: “Best” and “2020.” The fight for racial justice hit a painful cultural flashpoint, we sweated out presidential election results for ̶d̶a̶y̶s̶,̶ ̶w̶e̶e̶k̶s̶,̶ months, and…

Waxahatchee’s reflective, sober soundtrack for quarantine times

image by Christopher Good

The one constant for Waxahatchee has always been Katie Crutchfield’s voice. That is to say, her literal one — a sweet, wise-beyond-its-years tenor that is half clarion call and half frayed edge — and metaphorical one: the messages she bears of wry disillusionment…

Jeff Goodwin

Music writer at ludditestereo.com, user experience guy, proud bumbling dad.

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