Articles by Marty Sartini Garner
Miguel and Pussy Riot Party at the Brink
In the post-Trump world, everyone has an obligation to be political. But that doesn’t mean that we still don’t want to dance. Miguel and Nadya Tolokonnikova are figuring out how to do both.
RIP: Tom Petty (1950–2017)
The quintessential rock-and-roller died Monday at the age of sixty-six.
PREMIERE: Caspian Cull Super-8 Archives in “Sad Heart of Mine” Video
From 2015’s “Dust and Disquiet.”
The Myrrors, “Hasta La Victoria”
Like Jonny Greenwood and Shye Ben Tzur’s “Junun,” this is music that uses rhythm and repetition—and strategic departures from both—as ways of generating and shaping power; it is a suggestion of community.
POW!: Twelve Albums That Influenced “Check Your Head”
Great record collectors make great records. Uh, sometimes.
Oasis: FORM Arcosanti Offers Streams in the Desert
Hundred Waters and Moses Sumney’s fourth-annual gathering reimagines what a music festival can be.
A New Day Dawning: How “Check Your Head” Invented the Beastie Boys
Their audience didn’t understand them. Their label didn’t want to talk to them. Not to worry: For the Beastie Boys, it was a brand-new morning.
PREMIERE: Conner Youngblood Takes us to School in a Reykjavik Classroom
The confessional Nashville experimentalist delivers a pair of standouts from last year’s The Generation of Lift EP on a gray Icelandic morning.
Bitte, Baby: Riot LA and Comedy in the Age of Trump
Comedy—and particularly political comedy—only reinforces our bubbles. So what?
PREMIERE: Tinariwen Sing Songs of Freedom for the Women of the Sahara in “Assàwt”
The Tuareg guitar masters return with “Elwan” on February 10.
PREMIERE: Forget What You’ve Heard, Chicano Batman Says “Freedom is Free”
“Throughout our history the state has presented the rationale that freedom is not free…. This song is an anti-thesis to that ideological fallacy.”
PREMIERE: Spirits Are High in the Video for NE-HI’s “Offers”
The Chicago quartet head out of the garage in search of whatever comes next.
Dig for Fire: 25 Upcoming Albums More People Should Be Talking About
From québécois kraut-funk to the return of two of indie rock’s most celebrated sidemen, these are the unsung albums we’re most excited for this year.
PREMIERE: Hard Proof Bridge Western Rock and Sub-Saharan Funk in “Stinger”
The Austin ten-piece get an assist from the production work of Chris “Frenchie” Smith.
PREMIERE: Futurebirds Take on Vic Chesnutt’s “Dodge” for Pickathon’s Slab Sessions
The latest from the Oregon festival’s 2016–2017 season.
PREMIERE: The Silver Lake Chorus Greet “Sister Winter” in New Video
The LA group take on Sufjan Stevens’s frosty classic.
PREMIERE: South Africa’s Portable Gets Lost in the City, Finds Refuge in the Andes in “Closer” Video
The African electronica auteur’s semi-self-titled album Alan Abrahams dropped in August.
PREMIERE: Tim Cohen Feels More Ambivalent About “Meat Is Murder” Than It First Appears
The Fresh & Onlys frontman is releasing “Luck Man” on January 27.