Articles by Marty Sartini Garner

PREMIERE: The Como Mamas Command You to “Move Upstairs” on New Daptone LP

Continuing the surprisingly rich tradition of musical excellence in Panola County, Mississippi.

PREMIERE: Tuareg Rockers Tamikrest Find Refuge in the Desert in “Wainan Adobat”

From “Kidal,” the band’s forthcoming LP.

PREMIERE: La Luz Buzz Through “You Disappear” for Pickathon’s Slab Sessions

The “Weirdo Shrines” cut shimmers in the daylight.

PREMIERE: Kane Strang Does New Zealand Twang in “Oh So You’re Off I See”

From his forthcoming Dead Oceans debut.

PREMIERE: “No New York?” Blank Square Say “No San Francisco” on Castle Face Debut “Animal I”

The SF punks channel no-wave aggression.

PREMIERE: Vorhees Manipulates Memories, Textures with “Souvenir”

The audio engineer known for her work with St. Vincent steps out from behind the boards.

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.

PREMIERE: Kid Koala Sets Emilíana Torrini “Adrift” in New Video

From the duo’s excellent collaborative album “Music To Draw To: Satellite.”

PREMIERE: Tennyson Are “All Yours” in Pickathon Slab Session

Plus: the Oregon festival reveals the first wave of names for this year’s get-down.

PREMIERE: Dire Wolves Declare Today “Cerebration Day”

The heady track is the closer on the spiritual-psych-folkers’ forthcoming “Excursions in Cloudland.”

PREMIERE: Jim and the French Vanilla Ain’t Too Sweet on “Afraid of the House”

The Blind Shake guitarist goes rogue.

Bitte, Baby: Riot LA and Comedy in the Age of Trump

Comedy—and particularly political comedy—only reinforces our bubbles. So what?

PREMIERE: Imaginary People Air Out Real-Life Problems in “Mr. Hesitance”

The New York post-punks are set to drop “October Alice” in April.

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.

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