Articles by Lydia Pudzianowski

Boulevards, “Hurtown, USA”

We’ve all lived in Hurtown, USA, and this album is reason enough to go back.

Duds, “Of a Nature or Degree”

This is spare, nervy music with no strings attached. It’s almost refreshing.

Alex Cameron, “Forced Witness”

The characters on “Forced Witness,” Alex Cameron’s second record, make the sociopaths from his debut look like amateurs.

EMA, “Exile in the Outer Ring”

“Exile in the Outer Ring” is a dispatch from a Midwestern woman trying not to fall into the traps of fear and paranoia set for her and her fellow Americans.

Mr. Lif and Akrobatik (The Perceptionists), “Resolution”

“Resolution” is the result of the newfound balance in Mr. Lif and Akrobatik’s lives as they devote their attention to love and to justice equally.

Frankie Rose, “Cage Tropical”

If you were to say that the whole package sounds like a sad time in Los Angeles, you’d be dead on.

Dent May, “Across the Multiverse”

When times get tough, it’s easy to check out. It’s harder to be present. Dent May gets it.

Manchester Orchestra, “A Black Mile to the Surface”

The Atlanta group’s latest is a next step that feels fitting for them.

I Got So Much Magic, You Can Have It: How the Near West Side Was Won at Pitchfork Fest

Solange, Angel Olsen, Kamaiyah, and a host of brilliant female artists took over Chicago’s Union Park this weekend.

Pill, “Aggressive Advertising” [EP]

Brooklyn punks Pill released their excellent first LP, “Convenience,” last summer, and lucky for us, they haven’t slowed down since then.

She-Devils, “She-Devils”

The Montreal duo keep a careful balance of weirdness and sweetness across their self-titled debut.

Get Your Motor Running: Ad-Rock and John Doe Are—er, Were—“Roadside Prophets”

Back in 1992, Abe Wool, the writer of “Sid and Nancy,” got a very weird film made starring John Doe of X and Ad-Rock of the Beastie Boys. John Doe remembers some of it.

Sylvan Esso, “What Now”

The duo’s sophomore album is called “What Now” for reasons both glaringly obvious and less so.

Charly Bliss, “Guppy”

Charly Bliss’s Eva Hendricks makes Letters to Cleo’s Kay Hanley sound like Eddie Vedder.

Priests, “Nothing Feels Natural”

Priests’s debut full-length feels like a natural extension of the DC band’s early EPs while simultaneously pushing the band’s sound forward.

Flo Morrissey & Matthew E. White, “Gentlewoman, Ruby Man”

On their covers LP, Morrissey & White stand shoulder to shoulder with classics from Sinatra & Hazlewood and Sonny & Cher.

Metallica, “Hardwired…to Self-Destruct”

Historically, metal’s biggest act has suffered the most when they try something new. “Hardwired…To Self-Destruct” finds them slogging their way back to basics.

Sanctuary: A Weekend at the House of Creatives Music Festival

With darkness encircling the nation, what better time to get lost in our southernmost major city?


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