Critic-at-large for T, the New York Times Style Magazine. Book-in-progress: Two Wheels Good: A Bicycle History of the World (2016-ish).

Elton John’s ‘Wonderful Crazy Night’ Is Anything But Wild: Album Review

billboard.com — "What a wonderful crazy night that was," sings Elton John on the title track of his 33rd studio album -- a song that is neither crazy nor, to be frank about it, wonderful.

Grammys 2016: Who Will Win and Who Should Win

billboard.com — Jody Rosen Is this Kendrick Lamar's year? The stars seem to be aligned for Lamar, who has a near-record 11 ­nominations. To Pimp a Butterfly was the year's most acclaimed album. It's contemporary, but its mix of vintage sources nods in the direction of the "real music" hallowed by the core Grammys voting bloc.

Kendrick Lamar Is Determined to Score Big at the Grammys: Billboard Cover

billboard.com — In 2014, Kendrick Lamar shrugged off an across-the-board Grammy snub of his album 'Good Kid, M.A.A.D City' because, he now reveals, it was "not my best work." But today, fiercely championing his "great" 'To Pimp a Butterfly,' the Obama-endorsed hip-hop visionary fully intends to collect on a near-record 11 nominations.

Steve Angello Goes Solo With Autobiographical Concept Album 'Wild Youth': Album Review

billboard.com — Swedish House Mafia, the hugely popular Stockholm EDM trio that parted ways in 2013, was scorned by detractors as bombastic. It was an accurate description of the group's music, of course, but an odd criticism, since SHM's project was a kind of experiment in the science of bombast: a test to see how many dancers could be moved, how many arenas filled, how many festivals headlined, when a walloping four-on-the-floor beat was hitched to an outsized inspirational slogan.

David Bowie's Obsession With Space| Billboard

billboard.com — "Don't be afraid of the man in the moon/Because it's only me." So sang 20-year-old David Bowie in "Love You Till Tuesday," one of a dozen songs on his self-titled 1967 debut album. This was a tune sung not by the light of the silv'ry moon, as in a thousand pop ditties of yore, but crooned from the moon -- a signal blasted back to Earth.
Jan 14, 2016

Here's some exceptionally thoughtful writing about Bowie from @billboard: First, @jodyrosen on space as his muse bit.ly/1Okjg46

David Bowie’s ‘Blackstar’ Is Filled With Songs About Death and Doom: Album Review

billboard.com — The new David Bowie release, Blackstar, begins with an execution, and from there the tidings only get ­grimmer. His 25th studio album features just seven songs, but they serve up a veritable Grand Guignol of dread, death, even dismemberment.
Jan 11, 2016

RT @janicemin: Crushed. Recent @Billboard David Bowie album review remarked on its theme: 'death and doom' billboard.com/articles/revie… pic.twitter.com/Q1p60Q6iG4

Jan 11, 2016

RT @janicemin: Crushed. Recent @Billboard David Bowie album review remarked on its theme: 'death and doom' billboard.com/articles/revie… pic.twitter.com/Q1p60Q6iG4

Jan 11, 2016

RT @janicemin: Crushed. Recent @Billboard David Bowie album review remarked on its theme: 'death and doom' billboard.com/articles/revie… pic.twitter.com/Q1p60Q6iG4

Jan 16, 2016

"The new David Bowie release, Blackstar, begins with an execution, and from there the tidings only get ­grimmer" billboard.com/articles/revie…

Nicki Minaj on Meek Mill, Hillary Clinton and Relationship Advice From Jay Z & Beyonce

billboard.com — To be clear: Nicki Minaj is a better musician than she is a celebrity. But she's an awfully good celebrity. For Minaj, 33, it's a job that entails more than the routine duties of 21st century multimedia fame -- spreading your stardust across dozens of platforms, from recording studio to concert stage to red carpet to Instagram feed.

Six Screenwriters Leaving Their Mark on Hollywood

nytimes.com — Screenwriters have been habitually overlooked by critics and a moviegoing public that hallows directors and A-list actors. But the glory of great films is, in no small part, great writing. Here, some of the year's best.

Adele goes through lifetime of regret and weariness on '25'

nydailynews.com — Adele Adkins is still a young woman -- just 27, which is to say two years older than the number on the cover of her third album. But she's determined to sound as old as the hills. The love-wracked ingénue of 21 has given way to a lioness-in-winter, shouldering a lifetime's worth of world-weariness and regret.

Frank Sinatra and Billie Holiday: They Did It Their Way

nytimes.com — In life, the two may have been miles apart in circumstance and success. But as each other's great influences, they'll be forever one. BILLIE HOLIDAY, née Eleanora Fagan, was born in Philadelphia, 100 years ago this past April 7. Eight months later, on Dec.
Oct 19, 2015

RT @tmagazine: .@jodyrosen looks back at the mutual admiration that shaped Frank Sinatra and Billie Holiday nyti.ms/1Kkmq2h pic.twitter.com/69O0bPk5VO

Oct 19, 2015

Wrote this about Billie Holiday and Frank Sinatra, who were born 100 years ago. nytimes.com/2015/10/19/t-m…

Oct 19, 2015

RT @tmagazine: .@jodyrosen looks back at the mutual admiration that shaped Frank Sinatra and Billie Holiday nyti.ms/1Kkmq2h pic.twitter.com/69O0bPk5VO

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Why Trump Calling Ted Cruz A "Pussy" Is A Fourth-Wave Feminist Triumph. #slatepitches

Feb 07, 2016

Live from my kitchen, please enjoy this priceless 80s artifact. pic.twitter.com/DknyieG6rH

Feb 07, 2016

Peyton Manning helmet forehead WE WILL NEVER SEE ITS LIKE AGAIN. #Respect pic.twitter.com/JVcjmk91AK

Feb 07, 2016

Only movie actors who haven't appeared in a shitty Super Bowl commercial tonight: Carole Lombard, Rudolph Valentino, Rin Tin Tin.

Feb 07, 2016

Nothing on earth works better than Beyoncé's non-disclosure agreements.


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