Seth Colter Walls

Seth Colter Walls is a freelance reporter and critic whose writing has appeared in Newsweek, the Village Voice, the Washington Post and the Awl.

Brow Beat
Sept. 3 2013 12:30 PMKim Gordon Talks Giving Up Rock, Being a “Strong Woman,” and Appearing on Girls
Aug. 9 2013 9:00 AMBritten’s BoysA new biography explores the music of Benjamin Britten, but does it give short shrift to the composer’s infatuation with the underage?
Brow Beat
March 6 2013 5:07 PMSteve Reich Channels Radiohead
Brow Beat
Feb. 7 2013 11:10 AMThe “One Drop Rule” of Jazz
Brow Beat
Sept. 26 2012 1:46 PMYoko Ono Has Been Making Interesting Music for 50 Years
June 29 2012 11:37 PMQuiet RiotA new biography of 4’33” composer John Cage explores the role Zen played in his playful, revolutionary art.
Brow Beat
March 30 2012 3:58 PMThe Musical Pioneer Whose Work Shines in The Hunger Games 
Nov. 18 2011 7:07 AMRadiohead SilenceWhy is no one talking about Jonny Greenwood’s excellent new recording?
Sept. 27 2011 5:56 PMThe Nevermind You've Never HeardThe version of Nirvana's album that Kurt Cobain loved best.
Aug. 10 2011 4:36 PMIt's Good To Be KingsWho is more grossly materialistic, Kanye or Jay-Z?
Brow Beat
Aug. 9 2013 12:44 PMYou Should Be Listening to More Benjamin Britten. Start Here.
July 17 2013 5:17 AMBe a B+ Coffee SnobIt’s possible to care about how your coffee tastes without making your whole life about coffee.
Brow Beat
Feb. 11 2013 11:47 AMWatch the Lincoln-Disney Debate in Philip Glass’ New Opera
Dec. 21 2012 8:15 AMThe Perfect Classical Music AppEsa-Pekka Salonen’s The Orchestra puts the Philharmonia on your iPad—in very clever ways.
Brow Beat
July 2 2012 2:45 PMInterested in John Cage? Start with Our Spotify Playlist
Brow Beat
June 5 2012 4:06 PMNeil Young’s Rocking with Crazy Horse Again. So Where’d the Politics Go?
Brow Beat
Jan. 13 2012 5:16 PMWhat Portlandia Really Says About Portland: A Portlander’s View
Brow Beat
Oct. 25 2011 11:31 AM

Tom Waits on His New Record, His Grandma’s Gun, and Keith Richards

Sept. 9 2011 2:46 PMIn Defense of Rap RockThe only thing from the '90s no one has nostalgia for.
July 21 2011 6:50 PMLooming TowersThe real problem with putting a photo of the 9/11 attacks on an album cover.



Forget Oculus Rift

This $25 cardboard box turns your phone into an incredibly fun virtual reality experience.

Stop Panicking. America Is Now in Very Good Shape to Respond to the Ebola Crisis.

The 2014 Kansas City Royals Show the Value of Building a Mediocre Baseball Team

The GOP Won’t Win Any Black Votes With Its New “Willie Horton” Ad

Sleater-Kinney Was Once America’s Best Rock Band

Can it be again?


Smash and Grab

Will competitive Senate contests in Kansas and South Dakota lead to more late-breaking races in future elections?

I Am 25. I Don’t Work at Facebook. My Doctors Want Me to Freeze My Eggs.

These Companies in Japan Are More Than 1,000 Years Old

  News & Politics
The World
Oct. 21 2014 11:40 AM The U.S. Has Spent $7 Billion Fighting the War on Drugs in Afghanistan. It Hasn’t Worked. 
Business Insider
Oct. 21 2014 11:27 AM There Is Now a Real-life Hoverboard You Can Preorder for $10,000
Oct. 21 2014 11:37 AM What Was It Like to Work at the Original Napster?
  Double X
The XX Factor
Oct. 20 2014 6:17 PM I Am 25. I Don’t Work at Facebook. My Doctors Want Me to Freeze My Eggs.
  Slate Plus
Tv Club
Oct. 20 2014 7:15 AM The Slate Doctor Who Podcast: Episode 9 A spoiler-filled discussion of "Flatline."
Oct. 21 2014 12:05 PM Same-Sex Couples at Home With Themselves in 1980s America
Oct. 21 2014 10:43 AM Social Networking Didn’t Start at Harvard It really began at a girls’ reform school.
  Health & Science
Climate Desk
Oct. 21 2014 11:53 AM Taking Research for Granted Texas Republican Lamar Smith continues his crusade against independence in science.
Sports Nut
Oct. 20 2014 5:09 PM Keepaway, on Three. Ready—Break! On his record-breaking touchdown pass, Peyton Manning couldn’t even leave the celebration to chance.