After listening to recent works by Kid Cudi and Gucci Mane, The Life's Paul Shirley thought one rapper was enjoyably creative while the other was miserably predictable.
Paul Shirley anticipates some great music in the coming months from some old favorites, but the work of artists he has yet to discover has him happy about what's to come in 2010.
A surprising fondness for the song "Wheels" made Paul Shirley rethink his dislike for Foo Fighters and what exactly falls under the label of pop music.
The past year wasn't so good for a lot of people, but there was plenty of great music that Paul Shirley had to choose from to make his Top 10 albums of 2009 list.
Paul Shirley debates author Todd Gallagher about the quality of music high schoolers listen to today compared with 15 years ago, and somehow Pink gets caught in the middle.
Certain albums once marked significant moments in Paul Shirley's life. But as his musical library has expanded, those noteworthy Shirley sound track events have somehow become less frequent.
Finding the right musical gift for everyone on your shopping list isn't easy, so Paul Shirley is here to match those diverse personalities with the albums they need.
As the sometimes puzzling allure of Leonard Cohen shows, singers better have a healthy dose of charisma to go along with whatever amount of talent they possess if they want to survive in today's music industry.
Paul Shirley's plans for a musical man date unfortunately had to be altered because of a tragedy in Bruce Springsteen's inner circle, but Dinosaur Jr. came to the rescue.
Grunge greats Pearl Jam and Alice in Chains recently released new albums mere days apart, so Paul Shirley pits them against each other and declares a winner.
After three days of sidestepping lawn chairs, slogging through the mud and, of course, listening to great and not-so-great music, Paul Shirley reports on the Austin City Limits festival.
Now that you and Paul Shirley know each other better, he's put together sort of a mix tape of some artists you need to hear. Nothing weird, just a musical cheat sheet from a friend, so enjoy.
Continuing on his jazz theme, Paul Shirley pays tribute to Wayman Tisdale the man and recommends a musician he probably would have liked -- Dan Auerbach.
A good tip from some readers led Paul Shirley to enjoy the wise-beyond-their-years Gaslight Anthem.
To accompany the release of his paperback, Paul is putting out some unreleased "tracks."
Paul Shirley lists his favorite albums of 2007. He understands if you haven't heard of most of them.