The Best Albums of 2017
Twenty-five full-lengths that kept us going, one way or the other.
The Best Songs of 2017
Ten compositions that changed our landscapes, big and small.
Neil Young + Promise of the Real, “The Visitor”
Shakey’s response to Trump is one that the USA desperately needs.
Easy Rider: Gemma Thompson of Savages Goes Behind Her Score for “Along for the Ride”
The Savages guitarist walks us through the making and spirit of her score for Nick Ebeling’s new Dennis Hopper documentary.
PREMIERE: Saro Comes of Age on “Boy Afraid”
The title track from the LA-based neo-R&B singer’s forthcoming EP is as woozy as it is danceable.
Björk’s utopia is not born without pain.
Exchanging Ideas with The JuJu
Nico Segal’s Chicago quartet is exploring what jazz music can and should be in 2017.
U2, “Songs of Experience”
At fifty-seven, Bono remains weirdly obsessed with charting a song on the radio, and hopelessly committed to the idea that rock and roll can still change the world.
PREMIERE: Ty Segall Melts Faces with “Warm Hands” for Pickathon’s Slab Sessions
With the backing of his Freedom Band, the insatiable riffer introduces his caustic anthem to the bright Oregon sun.
Charlotte Gainsbourg, “Rest”
Charged with grief and euphoria, “Rest” is a showcase for Charlotte Gainsbourg the musician.
OCS, “Memories of a Cut Off Head”
With a return to the OCS ethos, “Memory of a Cut Off Head” is a full house notably lacking a garage.
Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, “Soul of a Woman”
“Soul of a Woman” is full of light and hope, serving as a testament to the beauty of life—and love and friendship and all that good stuff we get to experience in our short time on this planet.
Being Pushed and Flying High: A Conversation with Noel Gallagher
The world is a mess and it’s only getting messier, but for the Oasis mastermind, nothing’s wrong. In fact, it’s gettin’ better (man!!).
Spinning Coin, “Permo”
Spinning Coin’s true strength lies in not just being some manner of revival of those pop-post-punk tenets, as much as clever guardians of the aesthetic flame.
In Conversation: Alec Ounsworth of Clap Your Hands Say Yeah Talks “Some Loud Thunder,” Ten Years Later
The experimental-indie-rock maestro has a special place in his heart for the band’s sophomore album, even if its initial success was subdued by a well-received debut record and music critic snobbery.
Gun Outfit, “Out of Range”
It’s in the way the hidden reveals itself that Gun Outfit finds its surest footing.
PREMIERE: iLoveMakonnen Strips Down “Tuesday” for Original Tracks
The LA R&B star goes Drake-less on an intimate performance of his 2014 smash.
Mavis Staples, “If All I Was Was Black”
Mavis Staples isn’t one to brandish a song like a weapon—not when she’s so good at disarmament—and here she aims to melt swords into plowshares through the cosmic force of neighborly love, wild empathy, and intentional optimism.