Carl Wilson

Carl Wilson is Slates music critic. 

Brow Beat
Oct. 1 2014 12:26 PMStill Don’t Get Leonard Cohen? Here’s a 10-Song Primer.
Sept. 28 2014 8:45 PM“No Child Has Ever Been Harmed by Music”John Darnielle’s novel digs into an artist’s unspoken fears and doubts about his fans.
Aug. 4 2014 10:21 AMNot Gonna Break for YouCalifornia songs about American mistakes from Jenny Lewis.
July 16 2014 4:47 PMHis BolognaA mostly fond farewell to pop music’s longest-running—sometimes only running—comedy act, Weird Al.
June 16 2014 3:47 PMCrying ShameWe don’t look down on movies designed to make us laugh—why do we look down on ones designed to make us cry?
May 30 2014 11:57 AMMy Voyage With MimiHow a Mariah Carey skeptic finally fell for the elusive chanteuse.
May 8 2014 4:26 PMBones Banging Out BeatsTune-Yards’ Nikki Nack and the dangers of appropriation.
March 20 2014 7:08 PMSurprisingly Enjoyable New Albums From George Michael and Boy George
Feb. 14 2014 12:18 PMWhat Is “Achy Breaky 2”?A remix? A sequel? An answer record? (And what is Larry King doing here?)
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?
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”
Oct. 1 2014 12:21 PMHow Even an Old Hipster Can Age GracefullyOn their new albums, Leonard Cohen, Robert Plant, and Loudon Wainwright III show three ways.
Sept. 10 2014 12:56 PMSecret ChordsThe brilliance—and the blind spots—of one of the world’s great rock critics.
July 21 2014 11:43 AMA Different Kind of Summer SongGaze wistfully into the past, and hopefully into the future with Reigning Sound’s Shattered.  
July 3 2014 11:58 AMProudly Hailed“The Star-Spangled Banner” is militaristic, syntactically garbled, and impossible to sing. It’s perfect.
June 5 2014 8:44 AMCountry Music’s Bro ProblemCan Miranda Lambert take the country charts back for female artists?
May 23 2014 9:36 AMMacklemore and Masquerade“Jewface,” umbrage, and pop music’s original sin.
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?
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.
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.
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.”
Nov. 1 2013 1:14 PMThirteen Ways of Looking at Arcade FireThe frustrations of Reflektor.
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?
Oct. 3 2013 4:09 PMCall Me, DefinitelyThe brash, swaggering girls of Lorde and Haim.



Justice Ginsburg’s Crucial Dissent in the Texas Voter ID Case

The Jarring Experience of Watching White Americans Speak Frankly About Race

How Facebook’s New Feature Could Come in Handy During a Disaster

The Most Ingenious Teaching Device Ever Invented

Sprawl, Decadence, and Environmental Ruin in Nevada

View From Chicago

You Should Be Able to Sell Your Kidney

Or at least trade it for something.

Space: The Next Generation

An All-Female Mission to Mars

As a NASA guinea pig, I verified that women would be cheaper to launch than men.

Terrorism, Immigration, and Ebola Are Combining Into a Supercluster of Anxiety

The Legal Loophole That Allows Microsoft to Seize Assets and Shut Down Companies

  News & Politics
Oct. 19 2014 1:05 PM Dawn Patrol Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s critically important 5 a.m. wake-up call on voting rights.
Business Insider
Oct. 19 2014 11:40 AM Pot-Infused Halloween Candy Is a Worry in Colorado
Oct. 17 2014 5:26 PM Judge Begrudgingly Strikes Down Wyoming’s Gay Marriage Ban
  Double X
The XX Factor
Oct. 17 2014 4:23 PM A Former FBI Agent On Why It’s So Hard to Prosecute Gamergate Trolls
  Slate Plus
Tv Club
Oct. 20 2014 7:15 AM The Slate Doctor Who Podcast: Episode 9 A spoiler-filled discussion of "Flatline."
Brow Beat
Oct. 20 2014 8:32 AM Marvel’s Civil War Is a Far-Right Paranoid Fantasy—and a Mess. Can the Movies Fix It?
Future Tense
Oct. 17 2014 6:05 PM There Is No Better Use For Drones Than Star Wars Reenactments
  Health & Science
Bad Astronomy
Oct. 20 2014 7:00 AM Gallery: The Red Planet and the Comet
Sports Nut
Oct. 16 2014 2:03 PM Oh What a Relief It Is How the rise of the bullpen has changed baseball.