Articles by Will Schube
Spoon, “Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga” [10th Anniversary Reissue]
“Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga” is the logical conclusion of Spoon’s commercial appeal and their innovativeness, an effort seamlessly weaving between earworm melodies and genuine experimentation.
Torres, “Three Futures”
Sometimes the best things are the ones that remain the same.
Protomartyr, “Relatives in Descent”
Detroit’s most amiable punks explores their sound and considerably extend its boundaries.
Kamasi Washington, “Harmony of Difference” [EP]
From a quiet, smooth opening, Kamasi Washington’s new EP grows to enormous heights.
Ben Frost, “The Centre Cannot Hold”
Frost’s music can be grating, obstructive, evil, sinister, and ugly. Yet there’s something both charming and beautiful in how he embraces these characteristics.
Mount Kimbie, “Love What Survives”
Maker and Campos find a way to bring their collaborators toward their sound, not the other way around, and the results are outstanding.
Action Bronson, “Blue Chips 7000”
Most of all, Bronson simply seems fully in control of the world he’s created on “Blue Chips 7000.”
Grizzly Bear, “Painted Ruins”
On their first record in five years, the venerable group starts small.
The Districts, “Popular Manipulations”
This is how most of “Popular Manipulations” works: starts modest, grows bolder, ends up on a mountaintop.
In Conversation: With “Mellow Waves,” Cornelius Crashes on American Shores Again
It took eleven years, but the Japanese songwriter has returned.
Tyler, The Creator, “Flower Boy”
Tyler’s always been an immensely talented producer and rapper, but he’s never put together an album as cohesively as he does here.
Shabazz Palaces Is Ishmael Butler’s Path to Understanding
We speak with the Seattle legend to figure out how, exactly, he always stays one step ahead of the game.
PREMIERE: The Dan Ryan Aim for the Stars on “Guidance” LP
A death-defying trip to Glacier National Park inspired the Austin band’s new record.
Washed Out, “Mister Mellow”
Ernest Greene is a new musician on “Mister Mellow,” and the results are often outstanding.
In Conversation: Kevin Morby Reflects on City Life and the Joys of Solitude
The well-traveled musician seeks a quiet place to reflect on his old life as a city dweller.
In Conversation: Forest Swords Finds the Barest Way to Beauty
The British producer and sound collagist talks about opening himself to collaboration and simplifying his sound on his latest—and best—album, “Compassion.”
PREMIERE: Jake Xerxes Fussell Flips Duke Ellington’s “Jump for Joy”
Ascending to heaven comes with a steep caveat.