Music Criticism

Robert Loss has been writing music criticism since 2009. For PopMatters he wrote the column “Ties That Bind” from 2012-2018 in addition to other articles and interviews. Additional writing has appeared in the Los Angeles Review of Books, Public Books, Ghettoblaster, Heavy Feather Review, and Bookslut.

His book Nothing Has Been Done Before: Seeking the New in 21st-Century American Popular Music was published in November 2017 by Bloomsbury Academic. Click here for more information.


PopMatters staff page and “Ties That Bind” columns

“Scenes of Love and Theft: Bob Dylan, Piracy, and Cultures of Transgression,” a review of Elijah Wald’s Dylan Goes Electric! and Stephen Witt’s How Music Got Free. Los Angeles Review of Books. July 1 2015. Online.

“Nothing Has Been Done Before” (review of Greil Marcus’ The History of Rock ‘n’ Roll in Ten Songs) (PublicBooks)

“A Wheel Inside a Wheel: Gillian Welch’s Time (The Revelator)(PM)

“I Was Young When I Left Home: How Kurt Cobain’s Voice Resonates” (PM)

“Something to Believe: An Interview with Charlie Mosbrook” (HFR)

“The Mind-Numbing Conservatism of Edward Sharp and the Magnetic Zeros” (PM)

“Neil Young and Crazy Horse: Cleveland, OH, Oct. 8, 2012” (GB, link defunct, click here to read)

“Past, Present, Future: An Interview with the Carolina Chocolate Drops” (PM)

“Ugly Stick: Cowtown Punk” (GB, link defunct, click here to read)

“New Theories of Everything Prompted by Guided By Voices Appreciation Night, or, Good News” (PM)

“High Stakes Criticism: An Interview with Greil Marcus” (PM)

“Bob Dylan by Greil Marcus by Greil Marcus” (BS)

Quoted In: Here and There, a.k.a., what happens when you Google yrself

Holy moly, David Thomas’ bio quotes me!

I’m cited in a good Quora response about Bob Dylan’s ever-changing song arrangements.

I’m in the Wikipedia entry on “rockism and poptimism.”

And, holy shit, “grunge.”