John Darnielle

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2014

    Mountain Goats singer John Darnielle's Debut Novel Wolf in White Van

    Cultural critics have been debating the virtues and perils of youth-obsessed literature all summer long. In the New York Times, A.O. Scott lamented "The Death of Adulthood in American Culture." Slate's Ruth Graham wrote the screed "Against YA," bashing older fans of young-adult fiction. Both say the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 8, 2014

    The Eight Worst Albums Ever: Let's Give Them a Second Chance

    Reviewing music is, at best, an inexact science. You may say, "I don't like The Mountain Goats because John Darnielle's voice is annoying." I would respond with, "Fuck you, his voice isn't annoying at all, you just don't get it." That's pretty much divisive music discourse in a nutshell. But that h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 2, 2014

    The five best shows in Denver from June 2 to June 5

    There are bigger concerts, sure, but for our money there is no better way to see Red Rocks than during Film on the Rocks. The series, which features Colorado bands opening for beloved movies, starts Tuesday with Ark Life, Covenhoven and Caddyshack. You can also see some masterful old-timey updates ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 30, 2013

    The ten most brutally honest songwriters

    Let's be real: Most songwriting amounts to a bunch of vague amateur poetry with pretensions of profundity. In the midst of all the babble, though, periodically a lyricist will emerge who has the courage to write about things that are real, raw and personal. That kind of truly honest songwriting reli ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2011

    Can musicians still impact politics?

    ​As the labor protests wage on in Wisconsin, several prominent musicians have taken to using their art to express their support. John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats recorded a hundred-year-old folk song "There is Power in a Union," and Steve Earle rereleased a single of his own to benefit The ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2010

    Top ten five blogs by bands

    Photo courtesy of​ Last week, Kanye christened his new web site with the above photo of his girlfriend, Amber Rose. Then, Thom Yorke announced the name of his latest band on the Radiohead blog. Which got us thinking about the other band blogs we have bookmarked. In our bitchin' ... More >>

  • Music

    December 31, 2009
  • Blogs

    October 6, 2009

    Sound Bites: Ancestors, AU, the Mountain Goats, Brian Setzer Orchestra and xx

    Ancestors​Welcome to another edition of Sound Bites, our economy-sized album reviews, wherein we give you the lowdown in 75 words or less. Today, Nick Hall weighs in on recent releases from Ancestors, AU, the Mountain Goats, Brian Setzer Orchestra and xx after the jump.

  • Blogs

    August 7, 2008

    Jakob Dylan Cancels Folks Fest Appearance

    We just got word that Jakob Dylan canceled his Rocky Mountain Folks Fest appearance, but the good news is that John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats will be flying in for a rare solo set on Sunday, August 17. KT Tunstall, Missy Higgins, Stephen Kellogg, Amos Lee, Patty Griffin, Nanci Griffith and oth ... More >>

  • Music

    September 28, 2006

    Listen Up

    Fast reviews of recent releases