If you think about it, The Wire and Breaking Bad are the Biggie and 2Pac of televised dramas. Equally revered, the two shows have similarities that are obvious, and there's a reason that one always invariably comes up in conversation about the other. What's more striking, through, are the pronounced ... More >>
Jonny Greenwood There Will Be Blood (Nonesuch) Pop stars who try to establish themselves as serious composers are typically asking for trouble, embarrassment or some combination thereof. Think of Billy Joel: Even though he's spent much of the past decade focusing on classical music, fans who turn u ... More >>
Georgie James Places (Saddle Creek) Musically speaking, John Davis, best known as the onetime drummer for Q and Not U, and singer-songwriter Laura Burhenn come from a similar place: They both love throwback pop-rock as filtered through a contemporary indie sensibility. But the distinctions in their ... More >>
Ten bands that weren't singing Yankee Doodle Dandy in '06.
Fast reviews of recent releases
Since 2005 has hit the bricks, here's the final word on last year's finest discs.
The Lone Wolves of 2005
As Is Now (Yep Roc)
Studio 150 (V2)
Ted Leo and the Pharmacists find that just a spoonful of anger helps the medicine go down.
Paul Weller, the mod heavyweight champion of the world, weighs in with Illumination.
Substitute: The Songs of the Who (Edelton Entertainment)
With Lazy Dog, English songwriter Ben Watt gets a modish makeover behind steel wheels.
Fort Collins's favorite pop label is positively Not Lame.