Articles by Mike LeSuer
Christian Rock Is a Brand, Not a Genre
An investigation into the only category of music entirely defined by its constricting censorship.
New Reality: On the Road with SRSQ
Kennedy Ashlyn walks us through her recent West Coast mini-tour with a photo diary.
Lala Lala Finds Her Feet
On Lillie West’s debut for Hardly Art, her recent sobriety and a newfound gratitude for life stand resiliently among Chicago’s freaky music scene.
Say Goodbye to Moonface and Hello to Spencer Krug
The Wolf Parade cofounder sends off his latest side-project with his most experimental record to date—and a promise to dive back into the unknown.
PLAYLIST: IAN SWEET Presents Songs About Crushes
Jilian Medford shares ten tracks about crushing (and getting crushed by) crushes that helped inspire Crush Crusher.
Mandy Is Metal
If you squint, Panos Cosmatos’s latest psychedelic feature is actually a lonesome martyr’s fantasy to save heavy metal from the Reagan administration’s threatening anti-pornography policies.
Ten Prominent “Fuck” Bands, Ranked by Tropical Fuck Storm
In a time when profanity-laden band names have cluttered the blogosphere, TFS’s Gareth Liddiard lets us know which bands are worth of the meatspace they occupy.
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.