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FLOOD’s Guide to Record Store Day April 2024: Olivia Rodrigo, Lil Uzi Vert, Talking Heads, and More

40 releases to keep your eyes peeled for as you descend upon your local record shops this Saturday.

April 18, 2024
Woo, “Robot X” + “Xylophonics” [Reissues]

Dabbling in odd, electronically treated acoustic instrumentation, the new-age-gone-wild sibling duo repackages material recorded in the ’80s and released last decade for a new label.

April 16, 2024
Khruangbin, “A La Sala”

The Houston instrumental trio’s back-to-basics fourth album is a delectably nuanced and subdued listen touched up with open-air production and field recordings.

April 15, 2024
The Black Keys, “Ohio Players”

The blues-rock duo finds the perfect balance of roominess and friction on their 12th record thanks to key collaborations with Beck and producer Dan the Automator.

April 08, 2024
Film + TVIn Conversation
The National’s Bryce Dessner on Setting the Musical Pace for “Manhunt”

The composer and multi-instrumentalist discusses his work on the new historical fiction series and his background in American history, in addition to diving into a bit of Dessner family folklore.

April 04, 2024
Chicano Batman, “Notebook Fantasy”

On their fifth LP, the psych-R&B trio continue to move into the realm of Lite-Brite pixelation while maintaining a passion for the Latin continuum’s funky traditionalism and Mexicali rock and roll.

April 02, 2024
Shabazz Palaces, “Exotic Birds of Prey”

His latest mini-album sees Ishmael Butler further distance himself from conventional hip-hop as he and his collaborators explore elements of noise, glitch, shoegaze, and computer jazz.

April 01, 2024
Beyoncé, “Cowboy Carter”

The ever-mutable pop star’s turn toward country is a tireless, fearless epic of quirkily and wisely told Black history mixed with elements of the artist’s Texan origin story.

March 29, 2024
Nico, “The Marble Index” + “Desertshore” [Reissues]

The newly remastered re-pressings of Nico’s solo work with John Cale make the crackling drone of these avant-folk recordings sparkle brighter than ever.

March 27, 2024
Max Roach, “We Insist! Max Roach’s Freedom Now Suite” [Reissue]

The drummer-composer’s 1960 rebirth LP remains one of the finest expressions of what it means to confront racial injustice in jazz or any other genre.

March 25, 2024
Art & CultureIn Conversation
The Eyes Have It: Mark Mothersbaugh on Focusing in on the Iris with “Apotropaic Beatnik Graffiti”

In the midst of Devo’s 50th anniversary tour, their frontman discusses his new art book documenting his eye-centric paintings and Beat-inspired stream-of-consciousness writing.

March 20, 2024
Gary Clark Jr., “JPEG RAW”

After experimenting with primal psychedelia and Prince-esque pop-funk on 2019’s This Land, the Austin blues songwriter’s fourth album is wondrously diverse in all the right places.

March 20, 2024
Kacey Musgraves, “Deeper Well”

The pop-country superstar leans into her homespun folk roots with mournful grace and the tiniest teardrop of tenderness, though the result is oddly lofty and often trite.

March 14, 2024
John Lurie, “Painting with John”

The soundtrack to the avant-garde jazz composer’s HBO series is guided by spirits divine and self-determined whose overall effect is shapeless, cluttered, and serene.

March 13, 2024
Can, “Live in Paris 1973”

The latest installment from the experimental ensemble’s live series revisits a May 1973 set at Paris’ L’Olympia where the band stretched out with noisy jam-like elasticity and hypnotic density.

March 07, 2024
SAVAK, “Flavors of Paradise”

Adding to their signature angled rhythm, Brooklyn’s jagged-alt supergroup explores spaciousness and dedication to melody on their sixth release.

March 06, 2024
Mary Timony, “Untame the Tiger”

The indie-rock icon’s first solo album in nearly 20 years applies her early material’s magical-realist melancholy to real-life grief with unexpected directness.

March 05, 2024
Thundercat, “Apocalypse” [10 Year Anniversary Edition]

In celebrating 10 years of funky compositional invention and soulful emotion, Stephen Lee Bruner offers an extended look at his first major-chord masterpiece.

March 04, 2024
Frankie Staton on Building a Future for Black Country Musicians

The songwriter and co-founder of the Black Country Music Association talks building community, compiling her debut album, Beyoncé’s country turn, and more.

February 29, 2024
Chromeo, “Adult Contemporary”

Leaning into mellower vibes and a sound far less overproduced than their recent material, the electro-funk duo’s mature, sultry sixth LP comes off as a bit of a surprise.

February 23, 2024
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