Some of the music I liked this year

A few year-end playlists ago, I realized that the music that most defines any given year for me often isn’t music from the same year. Like anyone who writes about music, I try to keep up with acclaimed releases as they happen. But as often as not, the thrill of…

Still from the music video of Lana Del Rey’s “Doin’ Time,” released Aug. 29. (Credit: Lana Del Rey / UMG)

This blog post was originally published on my WordPress site,, on September 10, 2019.

The phrase “doin’ time” doesn’t actually appear in Sublime’s “Doin’ Time.” It wasn’t supposed to be this way—“doin’ time” initially made up the centerpiece of the Gershwin-referencing hook, but the band was forced to keep…

Illustration by Jee Kim for Past Lives, Present Times.

This essay was originally published in Past Lives, Present Times, a (now-defunct) online journal for literature and criticism, on July 10, 2018. I’m archiving it here.

“Methought I heard a voice cry, ‘Sleep no more! Macbeth does murder sleep.’”

In 2016, the English electronic musician known as The Caretaker began…

Will Atkinson

Writer based in Durham, NC, contributing music features and reviews to INDY Week. Formerly the arts & culture editor at The Duke Chronicle.

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