Annie Zaleski

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  • 7 years ago | Local Wire

    Sub-par live shows, photos of bassist Pete Wentz's penis, and petty Internet fights with ex-friends can't stop the pop-punk juggernaut known as Fall Out Boy. Any criticism lobbed at the Chicago quartet is addressed head-on or is slyly incorporated...

  • 7 years ago | Local Wire

    Cyndi Lauper's crazy hair, outrageous clothes, and Noo Yawk accent pegged her as a patron saint of goofballs, thrift-store queens, and misfits in the 1980s. But underneath her "she's so unuuuuusual!" exterior lurks an understated pop balladeer and...

  • 8 years ago | Music News

    In the recently released Kurt Cobain documentary About a Son, Nirvana's music is noticeably absent. Instead, director AJ Schnack lets Cobain tell his own life story by splicing raspy narration taken from phone interviews between the musician and a...

  • 8 years ago | Local Wire

    Sometimes, the simplest music is the most affecting. So it goes with PJ Harvey's new studio album, White Chalk, which often feels like a sequel to Björk's Vespertine. Absent are the scorched-earth guitars and feral vocals for which the songwr...

  • 8 years ago | Local Wire

    Interpol's major label debut, Our Love to Admire, isn't as monochrome (or monotonous) as its previous two albums. "Pioneer to the Falls" is arguably the richest song they've ever recorded, a track that channels the stormy textures of the Cure's Po...

  • 8 years ago | Local Wire

    Those of you hoping Smashing Pumpkins' comeback record is an unmitigated disaster will be disappointed: It's not. Those of you afraid that head Pumpkin Billy Corgan made another The Future Embrace (his über-synthpop, somewhat cheesy solo albu...