Articles by Mike LeSuer
PREMIERE: Bee Bee Sea Assume the Throne in “This Dog is the King of the Losers” Video
Rural Italy’s impish garage rock trio opt for misfit royalty over biscuits and loyalty in their cosmic new video.
Can You Dance to Young Fathers?
Young Fathers’ newest addition to their stellar catalog is no exception—but there’s still one key question that needs to be addressed.
Rich Brian Offers a Glimpse at What a YouTube-Reared Generation of Rappers Looks Like
As the era of conscious backpack rap fades, Brian Immanuel’s debut “Amen” hints at a new wave of overly-self-conscious, Internet-savvy fanny pack rap.
Blatant Animal Collective Ripoff: On the Disappointingly Impermanent Influence of “Merriweather Post Pavilion”’s Washer Pop
Commemorating Animal Collective’s earnest stab at moving popular rock music forward and the nine bands that should be dictating the sounds of 2018.
Things Called “Arm and Hammer,” Ranked
Counting off five Hammers that are just so hyped.
PREMIERE: Dante Elephante Leave Their Wireless Devices at Home on “Call Me (on the phone)”
Ruben Zarate’s surf pop project teases their yet-unannounced sophomore album with a new R&B-leaning single.
PREMIERE: Priests Bring Their Spooky Energy to Pickathon’s Slab Sessions with “Leila 20”
DC punk’s holiest emissaries belt out the cut from last year’s “Nothing Feels Natural.”
Ty Segall, “Freedom’s Goblin”
Just when you thought you could pigeonhole Ty Segall into just one entire decade of music.
More Than Joke, Purpose: Did Das Racist Accidentally Fix Underground Hip-Hop?
Somewhere between Cage’s LaBeouf-directed “I Never Knew You” video and Brockhampton’s formation on a Kanye forum, something shifted. That something was almost definitely “Combination Pizza Hut and Taco Bell.”
PREMIERE: Kal Marks Thaws Out on “Today I Walked…”
The sludgy Boston three-piece offers up another preview of their forthcoming “Universal Care.”
PREMIERE: Ty Segall Melts Faces with “Warm Hands” for Pickathon’s Slab Sessions
With the backing of his Freedom Band, the insatiable riffer introduces his caustic anthem to the bright Oregon sun.
OCS, “Memories of a Cut Off Head”
With a return to the OCS ethos, “Memory of a Cut Off Head” is a full house notably lacking a garage.
PREMIERE: Sonny Smith Gets Lost in “Pictures of You” Video
The West Coast garage rock icon goes solo for Dan Auerbach’s Easy Eye Sound label on the forthcoming “Rod for Your Love,” grows nostalgic in video for first single.
But What Do They Really Do in the Shadows?: A Brief History of Empathy in Vampire Film
Biography, allegory, and satire give voice to a severely misunderstood entity.
Reconsidering Rear Window Ethics in TV’s First Golden Age
What we can learn about obsession, voyeurism, and coaxploitation from watching Jimmy Stewart watch TV.
PREMIERE: Cut Worms Pays Tribute to Lou Reed on “Song of the Highest Tower”
Max Clarke teases his debut EP as Cut Worms.