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Richard Hell: The Thrill-Seeking Years

In I Dreamed I Was a Very Clean Tramp, a punk icon issues a wailing rock memoir.

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The Geek Who Came in from the Cold

David Byrne looks back on a life turning questions into ecstacy -- and Jonathan Lethem unpacks the Talking Heads' signature work of nervous transport.

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The Dean's List: Christgau's Best of 2010

A critic's rundown of a year in pop music.

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Maturity for Modern Kids

The grown-up anthems of Arcade Fire. Read more...

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Illygirl Steppin Up

The boundary-eroding music of M.I.A. mashes the personal and the political with toughness, wit, and beats. Read more...

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Pops as Pop

Robert Christgau on the enduring power of Louis Armstrong's horn -- and voice.

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The Triumph of the Id

Why Lil Wayne resides in a musical universe all his own. Read more...

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Smart and Smarter

Vampire Weekend’s second outing is no sophomore slump. Read more...

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Resuscitations and Business Plans: The Best Albums of 2009

After twelve months of listening, the songs that beg to be heard again. Read more...

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The Dean's List: The Best Albums of 2009

Fourscore (plus three) records worth remembering from a year's devoted listening. Read more...

About the Columnist
Robert Christgau is a critic at All Things Considered, writes for the National Arts Journalism Program's ARTicles blog, teaches in NYU's Clive Davis Department of Recorded Music, and has published five books. His highly searchable website is robertchristgau.com.

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