White-Bread Pop, Hero Worship, and the Vacant Hooks of Charlie Puth

With each day Puth is saddling closer and closer to Bieber territory—meaning he’s heading in the wrong direction. 

PREMIERE: The Love Language Return to the Ether with “Castle in the Sky”

Stuart McLamb’s raucous lo-fi experiment makes up for lost time with two minutes of heavy, blissed-out pop in anticipation of the forthcoming “Baby Grand,” out August 3 via Merge.

PREMIERE: Peach Kelli Pop Conjure Dark Powers in “Black Magic” Video

The LA-via-Ottawa garage rock four-piece get spooky in the latest Gentle Leader preview.

PREMIERE: Sam Evian Celebrates Self-Acceptance in “You, Forever” Video

The title track from Evian’s forthcoming LP is brought to life with the help of a punk rock sibling and a bright New York afternoon.

PREMIERE: Black Milk & Nat Turner Strike Back on “Rebel” and “Story & Her” for Pickathon Slab Sessions

The Detroit emcee and his DC cohorts hit the Slab with a pair of jazz-laced beats to match Milk’s singular, insouciant flow.

Announcing FLOOD 8, Available Now for Purchase and Free Download

Our latest print edition is our first-ever double issue, featuring four cover stories—on Jack White, Courtney Barnett, Roy Choi (in conversation with Portugal. The Man), and Kate Berlant and John Early.

A Tribute to the Terrible Snare Drum Sounds of the ’90s

Before GarageBand gave you an excuse to just do it badly yourself, you actually had to pay people to make your drum tracks sound awful. Time to fire up “Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater” and take a listen to a few of the worst.

PREMIERE: Bee Bee Sea Assume the Throne in “This Dog is the King of the Losers” Video

Rural Italy’s impish garage rock trio opt for misfit royalty over biscuits and loyalty in their cosmic new video.

An American in Osaka: How Traveling in Japan Helped Me Fall in Love with Jazz Again

Amongst the chaos of its busy cities, Japan has been quietly preserving and perpetuating a loyal jazz culture for decades. For an American, it makes visiting feel like going home.

Here Was Your Future: Growing Up with The Thermals

The Portland trio called it quits this week, but for many, they leave behind a fiery legacy that can’t be put out.

PREMIERE: Family of the Year Finds Release on “Let Her Go” for Original Tracks

Whether you’ve been following the band since 2009’s Songbook or you fell for their lilting melodies as one of the few voices on Boyhood’s ’00s-hit-parade…

PREMIERE: Jay Som Rips Up “Baybee” for Pickathon’s Slab Sessions

The LA-based songwriter brings her band to Oregon for an upbeat performance of the sunny single.

Can You Dance to Young Fathers?

Young Fathers’ newest addition to their stellar catalog is no exception—but there’s still one key question that needs to be addressed.

Rich Brian Offers a Glimpse at What a YouTube-Reared Generation of Rappers Looks Like

As the era of conscious backpack rap fades, Brian Immanuel’s debut “Amen” hints at a new wave of overly-self-conscious, Internet-savvy fanny pack rap.

Blatant Animal Collective Ripoff: On the Disappointingly Impermanent Influence of “Merriweather Post Pavilion”’s Washer Pop

Commemorating Animal Collective’s earnest stab at moving popular rock music forward and the nine bands that should be dictating the sounds of 2018.

PREMIERE: Ghost-Note Whip Up the Perfect “Milkshake” for Pickathon’s Slab Sessions

The Grammy-winning percussion duo crams an entire set’s worth of energy into five minutes with the help of some friends.

PREMIERE: Ladytron Returns with Synthpop Single “The Animals”

The British electronic band is back after seven years with a song about the beast within us all.

King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard’s Five 2017 Albums, Ranked

The proggy psych septet destroyed any traditional conception of a release cycle last year, but each of their five LPs are worth talking about on their own.

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