Sasha Frere-Jones

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New Yorker's Pop Critic Leaves for Lyrics Startup

Sasha Frere-Jones joins annotating site Genius

(Newser) - After 11 years at the New Yorker, the magazine's pop music critic is departing to join a startup. Sasha Frere-Jones' new job is as executive editor for Genius , a startup that annotates lyrics and other material online, the New York Times reports; he will focus on annotating lyrics. Genius,... More »

Murdoch Nabs New Yorker Critic for iPad 'Newspaper'

News Corp. beefs up roster of coming Daily

(Newser) - Rupert Murdoch has added New Yorker music critic Sasha Frere-Jones to the roster of his upcoming iPad "newspaper," reports David Carr in the New York Times . Frere-Jones has been hired as the culture editor of the Daily, which Murdoch's News Corp. is currently developing for the Apple tablet.... More »

Fierce? Nah, She's Just Too Good

(Newser) - Beyoncé’s new album, I Am…Sasha Fierce, “is something of a mess," Sasha Frere-Jones writes in the New Yorker. Musically, Beyoncé belongs in the "Genius Lounge," but her fierce alter-ego only emerges on the record to offer tame advice. "The wild... More »

New Yorker Pop Critic Admits 'Indie' Gaffes

Says his peers are loath to concede critical mistakes

(Newser) - You may have missed it, but the New Yorker pays attention to pop music. Flip past articles on dead American poets and you might find insightful, sometimes scathing, music critiques by Sasha Frere-Jones. The musician and critic sat down with Gelf Magazine to discuss the problems with defining indie rock—... More »

Winehouse More Than a 'Genius Junkie'

Queen of 'retro soul' not just cribbing from the past, says Frere-Jones

(Newser) - It's tempting to chalk up the popularity of singer Amy Winehouse to her headline-grabbing bent for self-destruction, writes Sasha Frere-Jones in the New Yorker. But that would be a mistake. He takes a closer look at Back to Black, with its "perfect" single "Rehab," and finds much... More »

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