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From the KORD writers:

The Wallflowers navigate a path to pop stardom with ‘One Headlight’

Say this much for Jakob Dylan: the guy’s got balls. It’s one thing to pursue a career in music, a profession with a 90 percent failure rate; it’s another thing when your father is Bob Dylan, whose musical career is the gold standard by which all others are judged. And it’s another thing altogether to […]

Glen Campbell and Jimmy Webb reconnect for a classic

“Wichita Lineman” is an American masterpiece — a timeless portrait of prairie-gothic isolation and desperation. Recorded in May 1968 by country-pop crossover sensation Glen Campbell, songwriter Jimmy Webb’s ballad of everyman angst spins blue-collar pathos into a haunting meditation on existential desire, culminating in one of most profound expressions of love and longing in the […]

Ariana Grande breaks out with a revolutionary breakup song

Very few people experience heartbreak as publicly as Ariana Grande. A ubiquitous pop culture figure since her teenage years, Grande hit a new zenith with 2018’s “thank u, next,” a spectacular pop song doubling as a candid document of personal tumult. Written in the wake of a concert bombing, the accidental death-by-overdose of ex-boyfriend (and […]

How ‘Santa Monica’ put Everclear on the national map

“He yearns after normalcy with an intensity that crackles and burns through his movies,” the critic Jonathan Rosenbaum once wrote of the filmmaker Nicholas Ray, and the same could be said of the songs of Art Alexakis, Everclear’s singer and guitarist. Alexakis has been through some shit, and his gnawing hunger for stability — the […]

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