Articles by Mike LeSuer

Getting Back to Basics with Cursive

Speaking about Vitriola, the band’s eighth album, Tim Kasher reminds us that Cursive is not a solo project.

There Can Only Be One

Aesop Rock or A$AP Rocky? “The Prestige” (2006) or “The Illusionist” (2006)? Ugh. I can’t put up with this anymore: There can only be one.

365 Crazy Nights: Wrapping Up #YearOfSandler with Eloy Lugo

Talking Sand™ with the comedian’s most devoted fan, who most recently pledged his allegiance by watching a Sandler movie every day for a year.

Nothing, “Dance on the Blacktop”

What initially feels like a watered-down sequel to a totally unique album reveals itself to be an impressive demonstration of dream-pop art brut.

It’s Time to Talk About Those “Music From and Inspired by ‘Spider-Man’” Albums

The official unofficial soundtracks to Sam Raimi’s trilogy reflect an odd moment in the history of popular movie soundtracks—namely one in which the soundtracks’ songs don’t actually appear in the movies.

Nnamdi Ogbonnaya’s Rubber-Hose Raps Are Fit for Saturday Mornings

With a musical portfolio as diverse as it is outlandish, the Chicago-based rapper and multi-instrumentalist rightly insists that you could never be a Nnamdi.

PREMIERE: Baked Get Ironic with “Hope You’re Happy”

The Brooklyn-based group announce their EP II with an Alanis-inspired burner.

Deafheaven, “Ordinary Corrupt Human Love”

“Ordinary Corrupt Human Love” is a plunderphonic expression of a convoluted, black-metal-sized subject: human love.

Situating the In-Joke Canvases of Morgan Blair

Between the dregs of Craigslist’s free-stuff listings and “Seinfeld”‘s most obscure moments, there’s always something familiar in the imagery of the NYC-based artist’s work.

All of Richard Linklater’s Movies Ranked by How “Boys Will Be Boys” They Are

[McConaughey accent] That’s what I love about these Linklater protagonists…

Uniform & The Body, “Mental Wounds Not Healing”

A collaboration that is a chilling assessment of our national disharmony.

gobbinjr, “ocala wick”

Behind moments of timidity lurks a menacing DGAF attitude.

PREMIERE: Ex-Cult Tear Through “Stick the Knife In” for Pickathon’s Slab Sessions

The Memphis punks crank out a quick and dirty rendition of their In The Red debut single.

Wand, “Perfume” EP

“Perfume” bolsters the staying power of Wand as a rare contemporary rock band unwilling to forfeit their persona to suit the present.

PREMIERE: The Love Language Return to the Ether with “Castle in the Sky”

Stuart McLamb’s raucous lo-fi experiment makes up for lost time with two minutes of heavy, blissed-out pop in anticipation of the forthcoming “Baby Grand,” out August 3 via Merge.

PREMIERE: Peach Kelli Pop Conjure Dark Powers in “Black Magic” Video

The LA-via-Ottawa garage rock four-piece get spooky in the latest Gentle Leader preview.

PREMIERE: Sam Evian Celebrates Self-Acceptance in “You, Forever” Video

The title track from Evian’s forthcoming LP is brought to life with the help of a punk rock sibling and a bright New York afternoon.

Stop Steering and Start Driving: Ten Years Later, “Speed Racer” Is Still the Best Movie About Agency in the Era of Late Capitalism

On its tenth birthday, let’s look past its genre and appreciate the unrivaled visual flair, debilitatingly honest coming-of-age narrative, and anti-corporate rage of “Speed Racer,” a kids movie.

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