In his best selling book Killing Yourself to Live, Chuck Klosterman asserts that "the best career move any musician can make is to stop breathing." When examining Kurt Cobain's post-mortem transformation from junkie dad to iconic voice of a generation, Klosterman notes that the suicide told everyone ... More >>
Fast reviews of recent releases
Born in the U.K. (Astralwerks)
Gomez finds its footing again with How We Operate.
Syd Matters (V2)
Dizzee Rascal brings his very British sound to the States.
Key (Saddle Creek)
One Plus One Is One (Astralwerks)
Rounding up holiday discs that offer season's greetings -- and beatings.
Pianist Brad Mehldau opens up on Largo.
Backbeat writers sound off on a few of their favorite musical things from 2002.
Grant grows from a badly drawn Boy to a man in charming fashion.
Janeane Garofalo on music, comedy and the fight against Hollywood typecasting.
As Badly Drawn Boy, Damon Gough colors outside the lines.
Mo Wax founder James Lavelle tries to explain Unkle, the sort-of band behind one of the year's most flamboyant albums.