Robert Christgau

Robert Christgau appears in the following:

The Making of a Music Critic

Monday, February 23, 2015

Robert Christgau, music critic for The Village Voice and other publications looks back on his - and his hometown's - music history. 

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Album Review: 'Runaway's Diary'

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Amy LaVere sings in a sweet soprano, but her lyrics are anything but sweet. Robert Christgau reviews her new album, Runaway's Diary.


A Tuneful Conversation With A Sometimes-Distant God

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Dan Willson drifted away from the Jehovah's Witnesses as a teenager. His second album as Withered Hand finds him at loose ends with his religious faith — not lost so much as spiritually dislocated.


Album Review: 'English Oceans,' By Drive-By Truckers

Thursday, March 06, 2014

Music critic Robert Christgau says it has been six years since Southern rock band Drive-By Truckers put out a great album. That wait ends this week with the release of the excellent English Oceans.


Sam Baker's 'Say Grace' Is At Once Beautiful And Broken

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Sam Baker has a backstory that must be told. In 1986, at age 31, he was traveling by train in Peru when a bomb from the terrorist group Shining Path exploded right next to him. The little girl he'd been talking to was killed along with half a dozen others, ...


Aesop Rock And Kimya Dawson Showcase Their Strengths

Monday, May 20, 2013

Kimya Dawson and Aesop Rock both grew up in the New York suburbs and reside in the Pacific Northwest, but they only met after Aesop sent Dawson a fan letter; they eventually evolved into a duo they call The Uncluded. Aesop Rock is a brainy alt-rapper, Kimya Dawson ...


Marc Ribot Isn't Trying To Comfort Anyone

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

After six years as a sideman for many soul veterans, Marc Ribot made his name in 1985 with Rain Dogs, the album that marked Tom Waits' permanent transition from eccentric singer-songwriter to truly weird singer-songwriter. Ribot has held down straight gigs since then, but his work has tended ...


Jonny Fritz: A Country Jester Gets Personal

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Dad Country is the ersatz debut of Jonny Fritz, but it's actually his third album: He recorded the first two under the name Jonny Corndawg. I enjoyed his 2011 album Down on the Bikini Line, but it's so much slighter, so much sillier and more risqué, that at first I ...


The Year in Music Writing

Thursday, December 13, 2007

More than two dozen stories are included in this year's "Best Music Writing" anthology. Among them: Novelist Jonathan Lethem’s in-depth portrait of the legendary James Brown and Pitchfork Media writer Nitsuh Abebe's profile of indie hero Daniel Johnston. We’ll talk with Lethem, Abebe, and the book's guest editor, rock critic ...