Articles by Lydia Pudzianowski
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.
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?
If it feels like you’ve heard the lyrics on “Slugger” somewhere before, it’s probably because you’re a woman and you’ve thought them all.
Deap Vally: All Smiles
The LA duo and comedian Liza Treyger talk crocheting caps for the Red Hot Chili Peppers and taking babies on tour.
Breaking: Shovels & Rope
For the married duo behind the Charleston, South Carolina, Americana act, there is no line between music and life.
Natural Child, “Okey Dokey”
These dudes could blow smoke right in your face, and you’d just have to sit there, groovin’ on it.
Alex Cameron, “Jumping the Shark”
The mysterious Aussie singer-songwriter channels Suicide, Nick Cave, and David Lynch on Secretly Canadian’s re-release of his 2014 debut.
Happy Diving, “Electric Soul Unity”
Oakland unity metal with a splash of sunshine.
The only Brooklyn post-punk quartet with a yakety sax and a devotion to Japanese disco are ready to offer you a dose of “Convenience.”
Remember Already: The Self-Definition of MUNA
With a strong debut EP to their name, the LA trio MUNA are ready to get serious.