WashPost Pop Critic Complains Protest Songs Will Never Take Down Trump

September 7th, 2019 3:44 PM
In Saturday's Washington Post, pop music critic Chris Richards penned an essay throbbing with dissatisfaction that today's protest music is inadequate for the Trump era. He began: "These are wild and anxious times for our wild and anxious planet. So why do the most visible protest songs of the Trump era feel so inert?... contemporary protest pop feels increasingly prominent, deeply…

Leftist Media Mourn 'Cultural Appropriation' of the Dead at Super Bowl

February 6th, 2018 4:53 PM
While the Super Bowl had no hint of a national-anthem protest, liberals still found something to be angry about – “cultural appropriation” of two famous black men. Washington Post reporting intern Sonia Rao began: “In 2018, we heard Martin Luther King Jr speak and saw Prince perform during the Supreme Bowl....Both instances sparked immediate backlash online.” NPR…

WashPost Whines About 'Monolithic Silence' on Gun Laws on CMA Awards

November 10th, 2017 10:59 AM
The Washington Post was a day late in whining about the lack of gun-control advocacy (or as they put it, “courage”) at the Country Music Association awards. Music writer Chris Richards wrote a “Critic’s Notebook” commentary headlined “A monolithic silence from top artists at CMA Awards.” Online, the headline was “Country music is becoming the…

WP Critic: Elton Ballads ‘Authoritarian Hold Music' at Trump Rally

March 18th, 2016 11:01 AM
Did you realize Elton John’s “Tiny Dancer” could be “weaponized” to instigate violence and that Billy Joel’s “Uptown Girl” was “authoritarian hold music” similar to Adolf Hitler? If not, then you just aren’t listening, man. Washington Post music critic Chris Richards made the front page of the Style section with “And the…

'Newscaster' Soledad O'Brien Shushed Crowd at Lefty Earth Day Concert

April 20th, 2015 2:41 PM
Washington Post music critic Chris Richards wrote up Saturday’s Earth Day festivities on the national Mall on the front of Monday’s Style section. The headline was “At Earth Day rally, it was the message that needed saving.” Richards liked the music, but didn’t like the talking. For example: “The event’s hosts, newscaster Soledad O’Brien and Black…

WashPost Music Critic Finds 'Treasure' in Kanye West's Grammy Stunts

February 13th, 2015 9:01 AM
Over the years, the hip music critics have easily mocked the Grammy Awards for rewarding kitschy music. See: Milli Vanilli, Best New Artist. Oops. But that doesn’t mean Kanye West gets to declare himself the new dean of the rock critics like Robert Christgau. Kanye threatened to storm on stage and take the Album of the Year award away from Beck and give it to Beyonce. Washington Post music…

'Resonant Rocker' Graham Nash Hailed by WashPost for Opposing 'Militar

September 17th, 2013 9:02 AM
Graham Nash donated almost $4,000 to Barack Obama in 2008. But you'd never know it from Washington Post music writer Chris Richards, who penned a mouth-breathing valentine to Nash in Tuesday's paper titled "Resonant Rocker." The story begins "While America mulls over a foreign war," and Nash is preparing for a concert and dragging out a 42-year-old hippie peace…

Story on Rappers of 'Chiraq' Leaves Out Chicago's Rahm and Barack

August 3rd, 2013 8:20 AM
Washington Post music writer Chris Richards has a political edge. Who can forget his gooey tribute to Obama press secretary Jay Carney’s musical taste for the band Guided By Voices? He can also leave out Obama when it’s convenient. On Thursday, Richards wrote a story dominating the front of the Style section on “The Firing Lines of Chiraq,” as Chicago's rappers…

Cheer Up, Jay Carney: WashPost Prints Big, Fluffy Story on His Fandom

May 24th, 2013 8:11 AM
The Washington Post carried a huge, almost life-size picture of Jay Carney’s head in the Style section on Friday. But it was designed as a pick-me-up for the embattled Obama spinner. It was a story about...Carney and his favorite rock band. “Benghazi and the IRS have kept Carney scrambling, and he hasn’t had much time to listen to ‘English Little League,’ the…

On Dixie Chicks, NPR and WashPost Slam 'Cowardice' of Country-Music In

May 11th, 2013 6:40 AM
The new Natalie Maines record is continuing to spur music writers to slam the "cowardice" of the country-music industry and the stuffiness of the country-music audience in the aftermath of Maines trashing President Bush at a London concert on the eve of the Iraq war.  On the NPR show "Fresh Air" on Wednesday, music critic Ken Tucker insisted Maines was just ahead of…

WaPo Music Critic: Playing 'Lyin' A** B*tch' to Intro Bachmann Shows T

December 6th, 2011 11:16 AM
In a glowing review of The Roots' new album "undun," Washington Post music critic Chris Richards lamented it was "too bad" that the band's choice of Fishbone's "Lyin' A** B*tch" to introduce Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann on the November 21 Late Night with Jimmy Fallon will likely be "the one song" that the band will…