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Past articles by rob:

‘60 Songs That Explain the ’90s’: The Cranberries, “Zombie”

Our latest episode tackles the biggest hit by Dolores O’Riordan and Co. → Read More

An Ode to Desus and Mero, Forever Kings of New York

They broke up. We don’t want to talk about it. We’re gonna try anyway. → Read More

The Definitive Pixar Universe Dad Rankings

An assessment of parental skill, from Worst Dad to Best Dad, by a Ringer Dad → Read More

Ray Liotta Made ‘Goodfellas’ As Much As It Made Him

The actor, who died Thursday at age 67, was more than just Henry Hill, even if he knew we were always thinking of his most iconic role → Read More

In Praise of the Junk-Drawer ’90s Alt-Rock Movie Soundtrack

The height of the CD era brought a bevy of compilations that often felt like grab bags, but sometimes reached transcendence → Read More

Alanis Morissette, “All Too Well,” and the DNA of the Eff-You Anthem

Taylor Swift’s rerecorded 10-minute kiss-off is scathing, hilarious, and even empathetic all at once—things that Alanis helped lay the blueprint for with her scorched-earth "You Oughta Know" → Read More

The Lorde Album Probably Isn’t What You Want. But It’s What Lorde Thinks You Need.

‘Solar Power’ is filled with good vibes and aspirational lyrics. It’s missing big songs. → Read More

Billie Eilish and the Loneliness of Megastardom

The 19-year-old’s second album, ‘Happier Than Ever,’ finds her in a place unfamiliar to the average listener but all too relatable for the young and ultra-famous → Read More

Was Moby’s ‘Play’ the Spiritual Death of the ’90s?

The spiritual end of the ’90s has long been considered the disastrous Woodstock ’99. What this piece presupposes that it came a few months earlier, via a sampler-armed musician who would play the festival’s emerging artists stage. → Read More

The Spirit of the ’80s Is Alive and Crying on John Mayer’s New Album

‘Sob Rock,’ the singer-songwriter’s eighth full-length, wraps its sadness in ’80s-style soft rock while also offering some of his best music in at least a decade → Read More

Riz Ahmed’s Devastatingly Loud ‘Sound of Metal’ Performance

As a drummer rapidly losing his hearing, Ahmed pushes the movie beyond cliché → Read More

There’s No Escapism in Demi Lovato’s ‘Dancing With the Devil’

Her new album, which shares a title with her gritty new YouTube docuseries, confronts her trauma and near-fatal overdose head on. But even in its lighter moments, it’s still haunted by reality. → Read More

The Weeknd’s Halftime Performance Made Perfect Sense for a Strange Super Bowl

A blowout in a pandemic got the show it deserved, presented by Pepsi → Read More

The Normal Arcs Have Never Applied to Arnold Schwarzenegger

Arnold’s been many things: a comically muscular Conan, an unstoppable Terminator, an unlikely governor, and an even unlikelier Never-Trump Republican. None of it has made much sense, but it’s never needed to. → Read More

I’m Too Scared to Watch Horror Films. So My Editor Made Me Review Their Wiki Pages.

I’m not going to watch these movies. And frankly, reading about them is even questionable. → Read More

The Joy—and Confusion—of the Browns Kicking Ass in the Playoffs

They say to act like you’ve been there before. But how do you do that when your team’s never been remotely in the vicinity of "there." → Read More

The Best Songs of 2020

Megan Thee Stallion was everywhere this year, but did she top our list? And what other songs truly mattered during this strange, difficult year? → Read More

The End Has No End. But We Have Phoebe Bridgers.

On the isolation, unrest, and confusion of 2020 and the song that captures it best → Read More

Dolly Parton Is Universally Beloved. But Did She Ever Need the Validation?

Reflecting on the long, wonderful career of the Tennessee-born icon, who returns with a new Christmas special on CBS this Sunday → Read More

Why Has Jim Carrey’s ‘SNL’ Joe Biden Been Such a Disaster?

The comedian has done so many masterful impressions through the years. Why isn’t his turn on ‘Saturday Night Live’ as the Democratic nominee landing? → Read More