Wilco: Albums Ranked

Wilco, the Midwestern-based, alt-country turned avant-garde turned dad-rock band out of Chicago via Belleville, IL, has been one of my favorite rock bands of the past 25 years. It all began from of the ashes of Uncle Tupelo, the duo that Wilco lead singer and primary songwriter, Jeff Tweedy, started with Jay Farrar in the … Continue reading Wilco: Albums Ranked

Prince’s Sexual Revolution – Dirty Mind/Controversy Era

From day one, Prince exuded sexuality. There he was, shirtless, or possibly even nude (if you bought a dirty mind), for his album and record sleeve appearances on For You and Prince. Breathy, risque vocals and lyrics could be found on “Soft & Wet,” “When We’re Dancing Close & Slow,” and “Sexy Dancer.” These artistic … Continue reading Prince’s Sexual Revolution – Dirty Mind/Controversy Era

Sleater-Kinney: Albums Ranked

Sleater-Kinney circa 2015Left to right: Janet Weiss, Corin Tucker, Carrie Brownstein While I'm devastated to learn that Janet Weiss, the immensely talented and peerless drummer for Sleater-Kinney since 1996, has left the band due to what appear to be creative differences, I'm still holding out hope that S-K's new album and tour will be memorable … Continue reading Sleater-Kinney: Albums Ranked

Smashing Pumpkins – Adore (1998)

"It's you that I adore. You'll always be my whore." Billy Corgan, the lead singer, songwriter, guitarist and creative force behind the Smashing Pumpkins has always been a bit of a wild card. He is often labeled "insufferable" or "difficult" by bandmates, peers, and managers (Sharon Osbourne famously ended her 4-month tenure as Smashing Pumpkins … Continue reading Smashing Pumpkins – Adore (1998)