Articles by AD Amorosi

Vampire Weekend, “Father of the Bride”

This is Vampire Weekend’s “White Album”—all its baroque catchiness and experimentation in one not-so-neat double LP package.

L7’s Donita Sparks on Old Punks, New Music, and Continuing Harassment

On the occasion of the LA punks’ first record in twenty years, Sparks explains why getting the band back together—and pissing in hats—is necessary.

The Mountain Goats’ John Darnielle on His Books, His Songs, and a Podcast That’s About Neither

The core of TMG talks his upcoming album for Merge and his podcast that’s now in its second season.

Helado Negro Is Smiling Wide

The Latinx indie musician talks us through his new album “This Is How You Smile,” out this week via RVNG Intl.

Beirut, “Gallipoli”

Armed with his Farfisa, his torrid voice, and his Technicolor arrangements, Condon has made his most adult listening effort to date.

Buzzcocks, “Another Music in a Different Kitchen” / “Love Bites”  [reissues]

Buzzcocks’ first two records with Pete Shelley proved that the band could—and did—maintain dramatic and thematic tension through entire song cycles.

Van Morrison, “The Prophet Speaks”

The Northern Irish singer-songwriter and instrumentalist may be the twentieth century’s most fascinating interpreter of other composers’ vocal music.

The Beatles, “The Beatles (White Album) Super Deluxe Edition”

If not for the fissure amongst the Beatles’ ranks, the lustrous brilliance and weird experimentalism of this collection wouldn’t shine so bright fifty years later.

David Bowie, “Loving the Alien [1983–1988]”

Modern art music’s greatest crooner still sounds full-bloodedly theatrical and possessed of endless sensuality.

Joe Strummer, “Joe Strummer 001”

This new set of rarities unleashes Strummer’s passion into the world in a small but concentrated dose, while honing in on his adoration of American mythology.

Shooter Jennings, “Shooter”

Shooter Jennings has never let convention or the commonplace slow his roll or stand in the way of a great notion.

Gang Gang Dance, “Kazuashita”

Once personifying the adventurous, fresh feel of Brooklyn’s 21st century rise, GGD’s latest takes into account the jadedness of the moment.

The Carters, “Everything Is Love”

A charming denouement dedicated to entrepreneurial spirit and nuptial love.

Father John Misty, “God’s Favorite Customer”

Josh Tillman seems to have turned the other cheek, focusing on the insular, singular self on his opulent but folksy new album.

Crossing Through the Fire with Sean Penn

The two-time Oscar-winner chats about leaving Hollywood, entering the writing industry, and his debut novel, “Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff.”

Leon Bridges, “Good Thing”

Leon Bridges is an actor in a costume, but one with a sweet-and-salty voice and all the right moves to go with the richly theatrical presentation.

Dr. Dog, “Critical Equation”

The live sound of the album, when combined with its subtler-than-usual hooks, is a nifty combination.

Snoop Dogg, “Bible of Love”

If you love Snoop’s slippery honey-and-rubber flow and sing-song patois, you’re in luck: holy rolling hasn’t slowed him.

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