Articles by Nate Rogers
PREMIERE: Juans Unite in the Juan Wauters–Directed Video for Tall Juan’s “I Wish I Knew”
“Olden Goldies” is out May 5 via BUFU.
Mountain to Sound: The Returning Peaks and Hidden Valleys of Spoon
For a songwriter known for his inability to write a bad song, it’s easy to forget that Britt Daniel was once pushed to the brink. And whether he wants to or not, on “Hot Thoughts,” his group is bridging back to the beginning.
“Hang” feels like a dramatic work in eight parts—a vaudeville act about Hollywood and the bastardized Manifest Destiny that it’s created.
Ordinary People: Ty Segall, Cory Hanson, and the Search for the American Pastoral
Strange as it may sound, two of music’s heaviest rock acts also function as two of its most sincere folk revivalists. But is it really a revival act at all?
PREMIERE: Dive into the Void with Cate Le Bon in the “Rock Pool” Video
The “Rock Pool” EP is out January 27 via Drag City.
Innocent When You Meme: The Best Weird Internet Videos of 2016
Yeah, yeah, we get it. Beyoncé had a good year. But can we get on to the more important stuff now?
Preserving the First-Place Legacy of Leonard Cohen, A Man Forever Confined to Second
In a year overwhelmed with dramatic departures, the profundity of Leonard Cohen’s exit was a little washed over—and may have been all the more appropriate for it.
Transmissions from a Heartbroken Mob on a Los Angeles Freeway
With nationwide protests sending out a clear message, why does it all just feel like shouting in a bucket?
EZTV, “High in Place”
The Brooklyn power-pop trio have two albums to show for their two years of existence, and wouldn’t you know it, they’re currently batting a thousand.
Zen and the Art of Watching Tom Cruise Run
The current legacy of America’s most complicated movie star has long been defined by a YouTube clip of him jumping on a couch, but—praise Xenu—we finally have something to replace it.
PREMIERE: Ultimate Painting Serenades with a Live Version of “Song for Brian Jones,” Rest His Soul, in Pickathon’s Slab Sessions
The special session was recorded for the Oregon festival’s latest shebang, with the band touring in support of their excellent new LP, “Dusk.”
Take Us With You, Vin Scully
When the GOAT hangs it up this weekend, we’re losing a lot more than just a golden voice.
Dad Rock: The San Diego Padres Are Responsible for the Worst Sports Songs Ever Written
Yes, even worse than Scott Stapp’s Marlins song. Lord forgive the parents who squandered their children’s chance for a normal life by subjecting them to this stuff.
Mild High Club, “Skiptracing”
This is quite an achievement from someone who rhymes “all I wanna” with “marijuana.”
Putting Out the Fire with Gasoline: An Introduction to the Many Faces of Alex Cameron
A lounge act for the darkest recesses of your mind, Sydney’s latest (and greatest) musical export uses his Secretly Canadian debut to contort into a variety of shapes—none of which may be his own.
Yes, Hi, Hello: Might I Direct You to the “Family Man” Website from 2001?
Nic Cage movies (and romantic regrets) are timeless, but web design is not.
Breaking: Ken M
Fully employed and only occasionally found underneath a bridge, the Internet troll to end all Internet trolls doesn’t mean any harm—but we should probably be taking him seriously all the same.
STUDY: A Highly Scientific Breakdown of All the Corduroy Worn in “Stranger Things”
Mornings are for coffee and contemplation, and cords are for fighting paranormal monsters.