Rockcritics Feature Archives

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  • Blabbin' the Night Away: The Music Blogger Symposium, featuring Maura Johnston (Idolator), Rich Juzwiak (Four Four), David Moore (The Cure for Bedbugs), Simon Reynolds (Blissblog), and Carl Wilson (Zoilus).


  • The new noise: An oral history of Decibel magazine (By Steven Ward & the cast from Decibel, Feb. 2007)

  • Running away with the Circus: An oral history of Circus magazine (By Steven Ward & the cast from Circus, May 2005)

  • This nation's saving grace: The story of Toronto's Nerve, 1984 - 1988 (By Scott Woods & the cast from Nerve, Sep. 2003)

  • Can't Forget the Motor City: Creem magazine, rock music, Detroit identity, mass consumerism, and the counterculture (By Michael J. Kramer, Jan. 2003)
    + Tony Reay, Creem's founding editor responds to Michael Kramer


  • The great lig in the sky: The legendary, first-and-last rock writer's convention. (Oral history, presented by Barney Hoskyns, Sep. 2006)

  • Gallery of rockism: erroneous, bizarre, and occasionally illuminating usages of today's number-one-with-a-bullet buzzword (By Scott Woods, Aug. 2004)

  • Triumvirate of metal knowledge: Chück Eddy, Martin Popoff, and Deena Weinstein face off and talk loud guitars and stuff (By Brian O'Neill, March 2003)

  • Pizzicato reactions: The classical critics survey with Kyle Gann, Anne Midgette, Greg Sandow, Lloyd Schwartz, and Anthony Tommasini (By Steven Ward & Scott Woods, Oct. 2002)

  • Cultivating the bustle of Anthony DeCurtis: Richard Riegel vs. Anthony DeCurtis (Oct. 2002)

  • Writing about dancing: The disco critics survey with Chuck Eddy, Michael Freedberg, Frank Kogan, Simon Reynolds, and Tricia Romano (March 2001)

  • Joe Carducci vs. four-eyed fag: Jeff Pike takes on the author of Rock & the Pop Narcotic (March 2001)



  • 2006: Glimmers of hope in a year's worth of music writing

  • 2005: Virtual salute to the writers who made reading worthwhile

  • 2004: Super-scribing, superior scribing, ignobles, and more

  • 2003: Faves, runners-up, worst, etc.

  • 2002: Top 25 + bottom of the barrel


  • Ellen Willis, 1941-2006

  • Paul Nelson, 1936 - 2006

  • Rick Johnson, 1951 - 2006

  • Greg Shaw, 1949 - 2004

  • Timothy White, 1952 - 2002


  • 2005 movie survey, featuring Brian Abrams, Aaron Aradillas, and Phil Dellio (Jan. 2006)

  • House of flying Huckabees: Brian Abrams, Aaron Aradillas, and Phil Dellio on the year in movies (Jan. 2005)

  • Brian Abrams's Top 10 movies of 2003 (Jan. 2004)

  • Phil Dellio's Top 10 movies of 2003 (Jan. 2004)

  • The Magnificent Twenty-Two: 22 movie critics surveyed (incl. Roger Ebert and Leonard Maltin) (By Brian Abrams, Jan. 2004)

  • Sight & Sound movie poll debate (Phil Dellio & Andrew Lapointe, Sep. 2002)

  • Two For the Road: Reinventing the double-bill (By Phil Dellio, July 2002)

  • Natural born plumbers: John Cazale and the character actors of the 1970s (By Phil Dellio, March 2001)

  • Strange Magic: The pop-music soundtrack from American Graffiti to Sofia Coppola (By Phil Dellio, Feb. 2001)

  • How perfectly goddamn delightful it all was: Movies in the 1990s (By Phil Dellio, 1999)

  • 35mm Jukebox: The 20 best uses of pop music in a Martin Scorsese film (By Phil Dellio, 1997)


  • Daft Punk, "Digital Love"


  • What's the Story, Sound and Fury? Simon Warner reviews Barney Hoskyns' anthology of rock criticism

  • We are worthy: Getting a grip on Da Capo's Best Music Writing series (By Scott Woods, Dec. 2002)

  • In their own write: Excerpt from Paul Gorman's oral history of music criticism, incl. Lisa Robinson, Dick Clark, et al. (Nov. 2001)

  • Lots of Puff but no fluff in Guralnick anthology: Tom Sawyer reviews the 2000 Da Capo collection (Feb. 2001)

  • Abate! In the name of love: Phil Dellio has some words for Alanis Morissette (1999)

  • Pet Shop Boys, Peripherally: The b-sides and side projects of England's prime fabulists (By Jeff Pike, 1997)

  • Going to a go-go: "Wild Palms"'s good vibrations (By Scott Woods and Phil Dellio, 1996)