• Pop Formalism

    “Born in the U.S.A.” is a song of audible rage, but this rage is entirely inseparable from its production, from its angular and glossy trappings.

    Tom Lutz, By the Album

    Jeffrey Wasserstrom interviews LARB Editor-in-Chief Tom Lutz about travel and its influence on his music.

    Philip Roth and the Secret of Rock ’n‘ Roll

    Seth Kaufman on rock's secret weapon — audacity — and what Philip Roth can teach us about it.

    Jiayang Fan, By the Album

    Jeffrey Wasserstrom interviews journalist Jiayang Fan about her musical influences for his "By the Album" series.

    Where Have All the Cowboys Gone?

    Richard Wei Semus muses on representations of the contemporary cowboy in Chloé Zhao’s film "The Rider" and Mitski's album "Be the Cowboy."

    Ian Rankin, By the Album

    In the style of the New York Times "By the Book" series, Jeffrey Wasserstrom questions Ian Rankin about his varied musical tastes.