Articles by Mike LeSuer

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.

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.”

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