Kanye's Least Convincing Role

Kanye West is the last old school rock star. Who else will go to the same crazy extremes? Who else measures the extremity of his actions by the number of TVs thrown out the window an act equates to? Coldplay’s Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow got in the inevitable-therapy game when they named their child Apple, but Kim and Kanye chose North and Saint. Advantage Kanye, and there’s no other level at which Martin is in his league.  

Ariel Pink Doesn't Want Attention

In interviews following the release of Dedicated to Bobby Jameson, Ariel Pink spoke about his quest for attention ad nauseam. Until he was 26, Pink felt unacknowledged, desperately fighting to be noticed. But once he finally got the attention he craved, Pink lost what initially drove him to make music, forcing him to rethink how to write songs without that short-sighted goal in mind.

Foxygen Are Rock Stars, Even if the World Doesn't Know That Yet

Foxygen mines its raw materials from '70s rock but uses it to make something beautifully irreverent and contemporary. On the new Hang, "Avalon" nakedly quotes ABBA without sounding even half as sanitary, perhaps because the quote sits next to Sam France and Jonathan Rado's take on The Kinks' music hall-era output. I hear Bowie, Rundgren, and countless others, but they make no effort to hide those sources.

Pages