Carl Wilson

Carl Wilson is Slate's music critic.

Music Box
April 2 2014 10:22 AMIt Ain’t Me, Babe
Was Dylan really terrible in the ’80s—or had we just forgotten how to listen to him?
Music Box
Feb. 24 2014 12:06 PMYoung Women, Old MusicOn their new albums, Angel Olsen, Lydia Loveless, and Alynda Lee Segarra use history to change the present.
Music Box
Feb. 3 2014 4:34 PMPunk Is AliveWith songs of terror and longing, Against Me returns punk to its origins as a refuge for sexual outsiders.
Music Box
Jan. 15 2014 6:47 PMThe River & the ThreadRosanne Cash's thrilling new album about the road, the South, and history—hers and ours.
The Music Club
Dec. 18 2013 9:45 AMThe Music Club, 2013Entry 5: Lorde and Macklemore are not racist for critiquing the aspirational materialism of black pop.
How We Watch Now
Nov. 26 2013 11:41 AM“Got Me Knocked Up in ’ 84”What you can learn about music—and humanity—from the YouTube comments on Bob Seger’s “Night Moves.”
Music Box
Nov. 1 2013 1:14 PMThirteen Ways of Looking at Arcade FireThe frustrations of Reflektor.
Music Box
Oct. 24 2013 11:47 PMListening Between the LinesHow much of musicians' lives should we read into their songs? How much of their lives should they put into them?
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Oct. 3 2013 4:09 PMCall Me, DefinitelyThe brash, swaggering girls of Lorde and Haim.
Music Box
Sept. 12 2013 2:44 PMCan Mumford and Sons Get Better?The band’s hey-nonny-nonsense can grate, but past revival movements have nurtured great acts—like Neko Case.   
Brow Beat
Aug. 19 2013 3:33 PMYou Should Be Listening to Sam Phillips. Start Here.
Music Box
July 9 2013 12:37 PMHow to Fix the Magna Carta… Holy Grail AppFive patches that would have made Jay-Z’s album a better listen.
Music Box
May 28 2013 3:31 PMWhy I Hate the NationalAnd how I decided it’s OK to hate the bands that I hate.  
The Music Club
Dec. 28 2011 12:56 PMThe Music Club, 2011Why was there so much whistling in pop this year?
Culture Gabfest
Aug. 10 2011 1:33 PMThe Culture Gabfest, "Hail Caesar" EditionListen to Slate's show about Rise of the Planet of the Apes, the state of the book review, and the return of the '90s.
Music Box
March 20 2014 7:08 PMSurprisingly Enjoyable New Albums From George Michael and Boy George
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Feb. 14 2014 12:18 PMWhat Is “Achy Breaky 2”?A remix? A sequel? An answer record? (And what is Larry King doing here?)
Music Box
Jan. 27 2014 1:13 PMThe Same LovesWhite people win again at the Grammys.
The Music Club
Dec. 20 2013 3:12 PMThe Music Club, 2013Entry 9: In defense of Brad Paisley’s “Accidental Racist.”
The Music Club
Dec. 16 2013 12:16 PMThe Music Club, 2013Entry 1: Beyoncé broke the Internet. (So did Bowie.)
Brow Beat
Nov. 8 2013 9:06 AMWhere Do I Start With Céline Dion?
Music Box
Oct. 28 2013 12:30 PMLou ReedWhy the music, and even the man himself, will always be with us.
Brow Beat
Oct. 4 2013 9:06 AMStop Dismissing Young Female Musicians as “Inauthentic”
Cool Story
Sept. 30 2013 11:55 PMCool StoryWhat does "cool" even mean in 2013?
Music Box
Aug. 27 2013 6:21 PMShould You Go See Your Favorite Band’s Reunion Tour?Yes, you should.
Music Box
Aug. 15 2013 2:07 PMThe Song of MidsummerSam Phillips’ Push Any Button is the perfect album for right now.
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June 18 2013 5:28 PMGive Us Now Our Daily CroissantKanye West’s blasphemous, beguiling Yeezus.
The Music Club
Dec. 30 2011 2:07 PMThe Music Club, 2011Was Rebecca Black’s “Friday” the song of the year?
The Music Club
Dec. 21 2011 7:17 AMThe Music Club, 2011Drake’s just a classic passive-aggressive Canadian.
The Music Club
Jan. 27 2011 12:50 PMTitus Andronicus and Other Musical Artists Who Took Risks Last Year

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