Bat Fangs, “Bat Fangs”

Bat Fangs’s “Bat Fangs” marries hair metal and garage rock, equal parts campy and true.

The Joyously Sad World of Anna Burch’s Bummer Pop

The Detroit-based singer/songwriter juxtaposes buoyant instrumentation with heavy subject matter on her solo debut, “Quit the Curse.”

Khruangbin, “Con Todo El Mundo”

Now that every new release is considered to be a potential protest album of some kind, “Con Todo El Mundo” has arrived wonderfully devoid of any superfluous meaning.

RSVP: FLOODfest 2018 at SXSW

We’re bringing the noise back to the Cedar Street Courtyard in Austin, Texas from March 14-16.

Pearl Charles, “Sleepless Dreamer”

Pearl Charles has a deft ability to compose radio-friendly fodder, but her soft-handed approach is so pervasive that it (ironically) renders her elusive.

A Eulogy for Ultimate Painting, One of Indie Rock’s Most Underappreciated Talents

The London duo should’ve become an institution. But with their final album supposedly scrapped, they’re at risk of becoming a footnote.

Leaving Here: Franz Ferdinand’s New Shade

Moving on after the departure of founding member Nick McCarthy, frontman Alex Kapranos explains how his band invented a fresh identity for “Always Ascending.”

Dream Wife, “Dream Wife”

Over fortified vocal harmonies, punching rock drum beats, and growling guitars that ring like fire alarms, Dream Wife have conceived a pointed but fun debut.

The Soft Moon, “Criminal”

“Criminal” is, in a sense, the new gothic for a new century—paranoid, solitary, and powerfully visceral.

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.

Calexico, “The Thread That Keeps Us”

On “The Thread That Keeps Us,” Calexico wrangle our collective fears into something borderless. 

In Conversation: The Decemberists’ Chris Funk on “Funk Plus One” and the Hidden Gems of American Music

When he’s not busy playing in one of the most beloved indie bands around, Chris Funk is looking for the stories that get to the core of what drives musicians.

Hollie Cook, “Vessel of Love”

“Vessel of Love” feels modest and small-scale—the work of a self-possessed singer who’s inspired by tradition but never beholden to it.

Pourin’ One Out: Four Promising Atlanta Bands That Called It Quits in 2017

…and four that thankfully didn’t.

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.”

H.C. McEntire, “LIONHEART”

On her debut solo LP, H.C. McEntire remains an effusive, unrelenting force amidst a shifted landscape.

Lived Through That: A Conversation with Hole’s Patty Schemel

The iconic grunge drummer talks about her recent memoir, “Hit So Hard,” and the turbulent years of sex, drugs, and loss that inspired it.

Check Your Passport: Revisiting the “Vampire Weekend” Story, Ten Years On

When Vampire Weekend arrived with a highly divisive debut a decade ago, the “preppy Columbia band does world music” narrative was set. But it wasn’t all that correct. 

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