The Hot Rock – Sleater-Kinney

Let's say you're 15 years old and you want to annoy your parents. But how? Dad used to stagedive at Black Flag shows and Mom embarrasses you by wearing her old Dead Kennedys T-shirt to the grocery store.  ...

This Time – Los Lobos

Los Lobos began as the dance band of your fondest dreams. Their best songs blended '50's R&B rave-ups and norte´┐Ża stomps: two hot guitarists fought for space with an accordion over a two-stepping polka, Cesar Rosas growling the fast  ...

Dreamcatcher – Stephen King

In Danse Macabre, an engaging nonfiction exploration of cinematic and literary horror, Stephen King wrote nostalgically about the science fiction films of his 1950s boyhood. Movies like Earth vs. the Flying Saucers and Invasion of the Body Snatchers were  ...

Layin’ In The Cut – James Carter

Tenor saxophonist James Carter has risen to relative prominence in the current "serious" jazz scene; he's not the name Joshua Redman is, but he's a far better and less hokey player, not as willing to blatantly pander to the  ...

Wonder Boys – Michael Chabon

Michael Chabon’s luminous 1988 coming-of-age novel, The Mysteries of Pittsburgh, was one of the auspicious literary debuts of the last dozen or so years. Written in an assured and full-throated lyrical voice, the book began life as an MFA  ...

Carp Fishing on Valium – Graham Parker

In 1976, twenty-six-year-old Graham Parker and his band, the Rumour, emerged from the British pub-rock scene and released two extraordinary record albums, Howlin’ Wind and Heat Treatment. Fueled by working-class rancor and rhythm ’n’ blues, Parker’s style reflected the  ...