Kendrick Lamar, “DAMN.”
“DAMN.” bears our struggle and triumph, swagger and fear, success and uncertainty, love and original sin.
PREMIERE: Loscil Floats in the Dark in “Deceiver” Video
“A depiction of depression by aAron munson”
Orchestra Baobab, “Tribute to Ndiouga Dieng”
These are the sort of arrangements that pride themselves on being so elegant that they practically demand an audience get dressed up to meet them.
Charly Bliss, “Guppy”
Charly Bliss’s Eva Hendricks makes Letters to Cleo’s Kay Hanley sound like Eddie Vedder.
In Conversation: Rob Sheffield on The Beatles and Our Cultural Refusal to Let It Be
The longtime “Rolling Stone” critic’s new book examines the Fab Four in a new light.
Yorkston/Thorne/Khan, “Neuk Wight Delhi All-Stars”
On their second LP, the Scottish/English/Indian trio of guitarist James Yorkston, double bassist Jon Thorne, and sarangi player Suhail Yusuf Khan demonstrate a subtle mastery of fusion.
Joey Bada$$, “All-Amerikkkan Bada$$”
Any art that pours out of social criticism is an attempt at reorganizing society, and all Joey Bada$$ wants is for his country to respect black lives.
PREMIERE: Relive Our Last Moments of Innocence with EZTV in “Hammock” Video
The video for the “High in Place” single was shot hours before the November election.
Guided by Voices, “August by Cake”
“August by Cake” is an album stuffed with songs that qualify as demos, half-baked ideas, and snippets, along with a handful of brilliant gems nestled in between.
PREMIERE: Parlor Walls Dance in the Dark in “Play Opposites” Video
From March’s “Opposites.”
Get Nice: Pharrell, Henry Rollins, Bad Brains, and More Pay Tribute to the Beastie Boys
Twenty-five years later, “Check Your Head”‘s influence still looms large.
A Formal Dedication: “Check Your Head” Turns Twenty-Five
It didn’t just help define a band: It formed how a generation would abandon singularity for fusion. A quarter-century after its release, we can trace our cultural evolution to the Beastie Boys’ third record.
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.
PREMIERE: Daniel Romano Sings a Song of Himself in “When I Learned Your Name” Video
The “Modern Pressure” cut gets a clip of its own.
PREMIERE: LA Takedown Hang With Very Good Dogs in “Bad Night at Black Beach” Video
From May’s “II.”
Announcing FLOOD 6, Available Now for Purchase and Free Download
In addition to a cover story on “Silicon Valley”’s Thomas Middleditch, our latest print issue also features an extended celebration of the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Beastie Boys’ “Check Your Head.”
A New Day Dawning: How “Check Your Head” Invented the Beastie Boys
Their audience didn’t understand them. Their label didn’t want to talk to them. Not to worry: For the Beastie Boys, it was a brand-new morning.
Father John Misty, “Pure Comedy”
Is this J. Tillman at his most ironic, or his most sincere?