The Black Crowes: Warpaint

The Black Crowes have found themselves again on Warpaint, the long-awaited studio release from the Brothers Robinson and family. For a record that seemed all but impossible for The Black Crowes towards the star...

Vampire Weekend: Vampire Weekend

A debut record like Vampire Weekend’s has a lot of stigmas attached to it. Like most bands from New York City, they seemed to have emerged from out of nowhere, and while it appears that they have the wind to th...

Wu-Tang Clan: 8 Diagrams

It is commonly recognized how pain and loss can inspire the best art. In the case of Wu-Tang Clan, the loss of Ol’ Dirty Bastard in 2004 was just cause for The RZA—a.k.a. The Abbot, Bobby Digital, Zigzag—to reu...

Ryan Adams: Easy Tiger

The first time I heard Ryan Adams, I was coming up Ocean Parkway from Gilgo Beach while a friend played Love Is Hell. It wasn’t anything I hadn’t heard before, but the material was rich in both style and substa...