LIVE, IN PHOTOS: Desert Daze 2017

A not so Coachella experience in the sand.

Beck, “Colors”

Beck is fully embracing his talent for making the kind of music you want to dance to. What’s so bad about that?

Future Neo-Noir: Three Miami Nights of III Points 2017

In typical Florida fashion, there was very little that could be considered “normal” at Miami’s preeminent arts and music fest. 

Miley Cyrus, “Younger Now”

Shouldn’t we expect much, much more from one of the world’s most powerful cultural influencers?

Phrasing the Impossible: The Weather Station Gets Set Free

Intensely poetic and fully realized, Tamara Lindeman’s latest as The Weather Station is the result of trusting her gut.

Kelela, “Take Me Apart”

“Take Me Apart”‘s tension between sleek, modern sound and beating-heart humanity reveals what’s always been great about R&B: that it wears its emotions on its sleeve and provides a conduit for deep feeling.

Allah-Las on Making Cover Songs Their Own, and the Sacred Songs That Nobody Should Cover

Before peeling off to Joshua Tree to play at Desert Daze, Pedrum Siadatian talks the art of making covers.

PREMIERE: Cut Worms Pays Tribute to Lou Reed on “Song of the Highest Tower”

Max Clarke teases his debut EP as Cut Worms.

In Conversation: A. Savage of Parquet Courts on Introspection and Words that Rhyme with Eyes

With an art exhibit and a debut solo album to offer, the ever-busy lyricist and visual artist opens up on his creative process with expected verbosity and frankness.

Refunds Be Damned: Austin City Limits Marches On

For anyone who didn’t want to be at festival so soon after the Vegas shooting, ACL offered full refunds. But the festival didn’t back down—and the result was a weekend of mutual love and appreciation. 

PREMIERE: Rob Grote of The Districts Covers Neil Young for Original Tracks

As well as “Ordinary Day,” from “Popular Manipulations.”

Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile, “Lotta Sea Lice”

The songs of Barnett and Vile are deliberately gnarled and unkempt, and never sound nearly as fussed-over as they probably are.

Wolf Parade, “Cry Cry Cry”

The Montreal quartet are back with a truly triumphant return.

Wolf Alice, “Visions of a Life”

On their sophomore effort, the British band exudes intention and confidence.

Marilyn Manson, “Heaven Upside Down”

While Manson’s style of hard rock has been both imitated by other acts and eclipsed by other genres since the artist’s heyday in the late ’90s, the prospect of a new MM release is still cause for anticipation.

PREMIERE: múm’s Gyda Valdysdóttir Reimagines Schubert’s “Opus 100”

Epicycle finds her taking on classical pieces from throughout history.

Duds, “Of a Nature or Degree”

This is spare, nervy music with no strings attached. It’s almost refreshing.

Amadou & Mariam, “La Confusion”

The latest from the iconic Malian duo has surprises at every turn.

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