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Bob Dylan, “The Bootleg Series Vol. 17: Fragments – Time Out of Mind Sessions: 1996-1997”

On the series’ 17th installment, listeners are transported to the sound of desire, a Dylan reconnecting and reconnoitering with a curt and surly muse.

January 31, 2023
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Bass Drum of Death, “Say I Won’t”

The Mississippi garage rockers move past lo-fi toward a more soulful and power-chord heavy sound on their Patrick Carney–produced fifth album.

January 30, 2023
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Lil Yachty, “Let’s Start Here.”

The Atlanta rapper has taken up the mantle of prog-psychedelic, live-band hip-hop, and the results are as outwardly wily and avant-garde as they are insular and introspective.

January 27, 2023
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MIKE, “Beware of the Monkey”

Like a short story writer moving into the novel’s narrative form, the East Coast rapper has figured out how to expand his dreamy sensibilities without losing his intimate sleepy qualities.

January 24, 2023
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Måneskin, “Rush!”

The Italian rockers’ third effort is the slick, chic, and over-stuffed meal in which to portray their fullest flavors.

January 23, 2023
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†††, “PERMANENT.RADIANT”

The first EP from Deftones’ Chino Moreno and Far’s Shaun Lopez in nearly a decade never ceases to thrill, even in its quietest measures.

January 20, 2023
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Man or Astro-Man?, “Distant Pulsar”

On their second bite-size studio release since 2013, the space-age surf punks are angrier and more propulsive-sounding than in their past, and with that, more bluntly direct in their execution.

January 19, 2023
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Cheap Trick, “Live at the Whisky 1977”

This live box set showcases newly made medleys that result in razor-sharp glam-rock cuts with complex melodic curveballs, crushing metal-pop guitar work, and the chemistry of a close-knit, veteran bar band.

January 10, 2023
Art & CultureIn Conversation
Kid Congo Powers Tells His Truth in New Memoir “Some New Kind of Kick”

The guitarist/vocalist with two new albums examines his time with Nick Cave’s Bad Seeds, The Gun Club, and The Cramps.

January 09, 2023
Staff Picks
The Best Reissues of 2022

20 collections that defy the streaming age.

December 29, 2022
Film + TVReviews
Todd Haynes’ “The Velvet Underground” Is a Love Letter to a Scene, Not Just a Sound

Padded with interviews and commentary, the real draw of Criterion’s 4K digital master is the inclusion of full versions of the avant-garde films excerpted in the doc.

December 19, 2022
The Roots’ Captain Kirk Douglas Goes Boldly Into the “New Unknown”

The guitarist discusses the therapeutic jams of his sophomore solo LP under the outlet Hundred Watt Heart.

December 06, 2022
FLOOD’s Guide to Record Store Day Black Friday 2022: David Bowie, The Weeknd, Alex G, RZA, Nico, and More

30 titles to keep an eye out for at this Friday’s annual post-turkey crate dig.

November 23, 2022
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Alice Coltrane, “Ptah, the El Daoud” [Reissue]

Beyond its golden coloring reflecting Coltrane’s sunburst spirituality, this reissue highlights the intertwined holy path shared with her late husband conveyed in the cosmic music she crafted in his wake.

November 22, 2022
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GloRilla, “Anyways, Life’s Great…”

This no-fat, all-funk debut EP is like a hard, wet kiss planted unexpectedly on your lips.

November 18, 2022
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Guns n’ Roses, “Use Your Illusion” (Super Deluxe)

The twin neo-metal LPs incorporating bits of blues, country, punk, and classical into their tunes finally arrive together in one large package with three times the bombast.

November 17, 2022
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The Human League, “The Virgin Years”

This 5-LP collection spanning 1981 to 1990 shows that the Sheffield group were way ahead of the curve when it came to the innovations made in the name of future-looking synth-pop.

November 10, 2022
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NEU!, “50!”

Mogwai, Man Man, IDLES, and The National are among the artists contributing chilly, distant remixes as part of this historical, 46-song overview of the krautrock duo’s original albums.

November 08, 2022
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Show Me the Body, “Trouble the Water”

It’s the vocal textures and potent poli-sci lyricism that move all the needles on the NYC hardcore innovators’ third and most maximal album.

November 07, 2022
Reviews
The Beatles, “Revolver” [Super Deluxe]

Capturing the mesmeric vibe and stretched compositional prowess of The Beatles and George Martin circa 1966, this lavish heavy vinyl kit meets the new expectations set by the epic Get Back.

November 03, 2022
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Jon Brion, “Meaningless” [Reissue]

Re-released 21 years after its debut, the producer and composer’s power-pop turn is a decorous affair with a personal and personable backstory.

November 02, 2022
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Brian Eno, “FOREVERANDEVERNOMORE”

His first solo album of vocal-based song since 2005 is mostly oddly beautiful and vaguely over-obvious in the lyric department, the latter strange for an Eno effort.

November 01, 2022
Film + TVReviews
The Sound and Vision of David Lynch’s “Lost Highway”

With Criterion Collection’s new 4K HD digital restoration out now, we revisit the industrialist nightmare of the 21st-century noir horror film.

October 31, 2022
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Todd Rundgren, “Space Force”

Confusing expectations again, Rundgren’s latest seems to outstretch its long arms to accommodate guests rather than interacting in a duet setting.

October 31, 2022
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Various Artists, “Here It Is: A Tribute to Leonard Cohen”

Producer Larry Klein welcomes an elastic jazz ensemble to manipulate the subtle majesty of Cohen’s music for a murderer’s row of vocalists on a varied, often less-than-obvious selection of tracks.

October 27, 2022
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Charles Mingus, “A Modern Jazz Symposium of Music and Poetry” [Reissue]

On this lost 1957 classic, the rarity of Mingus compositions for sextet fly to the fore in vividly colorful and aptly tuned dedication to friends and fellow masters.

October 26, 2022
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Nick Hakim, “Cometa”

The psychedelic R&B of the DC songwriter’s clattering new album rings out righteously in the name of refreshed contentment and love lived to its fullest.

October 25, 2022
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Dawn Richard & Spencer Zahn, “Pigments”

The debut collaboration between the two experimentalists courses through one’s evolution of self-expression while pursuing the tenderness of community.

October 24, 2022
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Red Hot Chili Peppers, “Return of the Dream Canteen”

Languid, jamming, and psychedelic, the group’s second LP of 2022 is more elastic than its immediate predecessor, and more spacious than anything since Californification.

October 13, 2022
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Joe Strummer, “002: The Mescaleros Years”

This multi-disc collection serves to remind us that Strummer was never looking to re-make The Clash, but rather to confound the expectations of his audience and expand his own horizons.

October 06, 2022
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Yungblud, “Yungblud”

Removing the classicism, glam-goth density, and commitment to bleeding-heart Brit-punk of previous recordings leaves nothing behind on the songwriter’s third LP.

October 04, 2022
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OFF!, “Free LSD”

Keith Morris’ latest hardcore-punk outlet expands outward from their rough, fast exterior without losing their fury or favor in hardcore branding.

October 03, 2022
Reviews
Björk, “Fossora”

The Icelandic songwriter, producer, and vocalist’s first album in five years sees her pulling up her own roots, replanting them, and cajoling them to blossom colorfully anew.

September 30, 2022
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Lou Reed, “Words & Music, May 1965”

Folksy, harmonic, and earnest in a way that Reed’s often-salacious songs could never be, this archival leap into memory lane is charming, scattered, sketchy, and even funny at times.

September 27, 2022
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Alex G, “God Save the Animals”

Alex Giannascoli’s latest has a density to its proceedings that his previous albums lack—all while maintaining the quirk and intimacy of the bedsit recording proposition of his project’s origin.

September 26, 2022
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Sudan Archives, “Natural Brown Prom Queen”

Brittney Parks finds more of her own soulful way with a richer sense of storytelling, focused songcraft, and studies of racial divides on her second LP.

September 13, 2022
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Lee “Scratch” Perry, “King Scratch (Musical Masterpieces from the Upsetter Ark-ive)”

This handsomely illustrated boxset is a commendable attempt at stuffing the story of the legendary producer and toaster into one collection.

September 12, 2022
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Santigold, “Spirituals”

The producer and vocalist’s fourth full-length is a haunting and deeply personal work without eschewing her usual radically manic aesthetics.

September 09, 2022
Mimi Roman Has a Rockabilly Heart, a Tin Pan Alley Soul, and Many Stories to Tell

Upon the release of two archival collections—First of the Brooklyn Cowgirls and Pussycat—the ’50s-era figure walks us through the many fortunate turns her music career took.

September 02, 2022
In Conversation
Blondie’s Clem Burke on Keeping the Beat for “Against the Odds”

The drummer discusses growing with the band over the past five decades, as well as their epic new eight-LP box set.

August 29, 2022
Reviews
Diamanda Galás, “Broken Gargoyles”

Still a pillar of the avant-garde in 2022, Galás has neither mellowed or pulled back when it comes to rage on the two extended tracks that fill her latest LP.

August 25, 2022
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Pantha du Prince, “Garden Gaia”

The improvisation and collaboration on Hendrik Weber’s latest LP vibes with Gaia’s role as an ancestral mother to all that is life in Greek mythology.

August 24, 2022
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Neil Young + Promise of the Real, “Noise & Flowers”

This live recording of a set from 2019 further proves that any musical team that could bring vintage Young into the present without watering down its tenderness or poetry is heroic.

August 22, 2022
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​​Danger Mouse & Black Thought, “Cheat Codes”

This collaborative LP places producer Danger Mouse’s lush, tense arrangements and cushiony, snapping beats in the service of The Roots’ lyricist and microphone expert.

August 16, 2022
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Beastie Boys, “Check Your Head” [30th Anniversary Edition]

The Beasties clean up nice on this reissue of the album that introduced their dirtball brand of insistently stewing lo-fi mixed-bag skronk.

August 15, 2022
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Melvin Van Peebles, “Watermelon Man” [Reissue]

The 1970 film’s OST is one long, funky collage moving jarringly from blues, jazz, honky-tonk, ragtime, rock, country, and R&B without distinction between the lines.

August 09, 2022

Beyonce Reveals the Cover Art to Seventh Studio Album Renaissance;

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Beyoncé, “Renaissance”

Bey’s seventh solo album is about abandon and joy, something celebratory that hasn’t been in her music since 2006’s B’Day.

July 29, 2022
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of Montreal, “Freewave Lucifer fck”

Kevin Barnes remains an always-unexpected delight with hints of madness, the morose, and zealous merriment in the air on their latest experiment.

July 28, 2022
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She & Him, “Melt Away: A Tribute to Brian Wilson”

Trafficking in sloe-ginned-up melancholy and soft shoe-shuffling pacing, this collection of covers sees the duo at weird ease interpreting Wilson’s catalog.

July 26, 2022
The Converging Lines and Voices of “Hallelujah: Leonard Cohen, A Journey, A Song”

Journalist Larry Sloman and vocalist Sharon Robinson dig deeper into their relationship with the song at the heart of the new documentary feature from Dan Geller and Dayna Goldfine.

July 20, 2022
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Neil Young with Crazy Horse, “Toast”

On this previously unreleased collection recorded in 2001, Young and the Horse do nuance and near silence with the same raging emotion they do noise and propelled rhythm.

July 08, 2022
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Moor Mother, “Jazz Codes”

Camae Ayewa has created a melodic tone poem with stunning clarity, calm, tuneful choruses, and lustrous complexity on her new album.

July 07, 2022
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Wire, “Not About to Die”

For Wire fanatics, this often-coarse collection of Chairs Missing/154-era demos is a necessity.

June 23, 2022
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Grandmaster Flash, Melle Mel & The Furious Five, “Sugarhill Adventures – The Collection”

On the extended mixes that fill the box set, one could argue that the stutter and stretch of Grandmaster Flash at his finest is like listening to Miles Davis transition out of post-bop and into the roar of fusion funk.

June 22, 2022
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Prince and the Revolution, “Live”

This show and its material have long been part of the public ledger, but never with such stunning clarity—you can almost feel Prince’s crushed velvet duster breezing by you from the stage.

June 21, 2022

photo by Prestin Groff

FLOOD’s Guide to Record Store Day 2022 Part 2: Prince, Wilco, Kali Uchis, and More

15 titles to keep an eye out for at your local indie record shop this Saturday.

June 17, 2022
Reviews
Perfume Genius, “Ugly Season”

The sonic vibe of Mike Hadreas’ latest is an extension of the experimentalism of Set My Heart on Fire Immediately and its earthen elements of chamber art-pop, wonky R&B, spindly goth-industrial, and ever-so-decadent disco.

June 16, 2022
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S.G. Goodman, “Teeth Marks”

The Kentucky-based songwriter’s sophomore LP basks in Southern glow with just a little more lean toward ennui and existential dilemma than the scarred specifics of her debut.

June 13, 2022

‘SEX PISTOLS: THE ORIGINAL RECORDINGS’ – 20 tracks from the world’s most controversial band. RELEASE DATE: May 27th on UMe

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Sex Pistols, “The Original Recordings”

There’s a reedy feeling on these B-sides, covers, and primal versions of familiar attacks on aristocracy that highlight Johnny Rotten’s role as the last great rebellious frontman.

June 01, 2022
In Conversation
Victory of Dälek: Industrial Hip-Hop Still Reigns Supreme on “Precipice”

Will Brooks—a.k.a. MC Dälek—talks the past and future of his longstanding rap project and the shadow and shade of their latest LP.

May 26, 2022
In Conversation
Brian Jackson on Re-Introducing Himself with “This Is Brian Jackson”

The legendary keyboardist, composer, and collaborator to Gil Scott-Heron strikes out on his own for the first time in a minute.

May 25, 2022
Reviews
The Clash, “Combat Rock” / “The People’s Hall” [Special Edition]

This essential reissue ties together most of what the group recorded in studio and demo sessions after the “Radio Clash” 12-inch—plus their collaboration with late toaster Ranking Roger on a separate EP.

May 24, 2022
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Harry Styles, “Harry’s House”

On his latest solo venture, Styles smooths out the influences so prevalent on Fine Line in order to make a brassy and clingingly contagious new album.

May 23, 2022
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Bryan Ferry, “Love Letters”

Roxy Music’s lounge-lizard crooner interprets a handful of classic pop songs across the decades without concern for genre or an era’s agenda.

May 20, 2022
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The Rolling Stones, “El Mocambo 1977” + “Licked Live in NYC”

These two live collections are exceptional examples of the Stones at their grungy, brassy, ballsy finest—and sharp, sad reminders of what it truly means to have lost drummer Charlie Watts.

May 19, 2022
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Norah Jones, “Come Away with Me” [20th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition]

The full-bodied anniversary collection paints a wilder portrait of Jones’ debut, displaying a surprising angularity and nervous energy.

May 17, 2022
Reviews
Black Star, “No Fear of Time”

Over 20 years since their sole album together, the latest from Yasiin Bey and Talib Kweli never reaches the skies of their debut, or the full flower of the talents of anyone involved.

May 16, 2022

Nick Cave and Warren Ellis photographed by Charlie Gray.

Film + TV
Andrew Dominik Profiles a Healing Nick Cave in “This Much I Know to Be True”

The New Zealand–born filmmaker’s new concert film hits theaters tomorrow.

May 10, 2022
Film + TV
Music Supervisor Gabe Hilfer on Overseeing the Funky Sounds of “Winning Time”

In the final quarter of the first season of HBO’s sporting dramedy, we look at one of its central players.

April 28, 2022
Reviews
Broadcast, “Microtronics,” “Maida Vale Sessions,” & “Mother Is the Milky Way”

These three all-rarities packages from the Birmingham sonic-collage duo create a cinematic experience from refurbished unused material.

April 25, 2022
FLOOD’s Guide to Record Store Day 2022 Part 1: Patti Smith, Blur, David Bowie, Lou Reed, and More

25 titles to keep an eye out for at your local indie record shop this Saturday.

April 22, 2022
Reviews
Suicide, “Surrender”

Compiling and curating rarities, and putting them next to newly remastered, raw-knuckled classics, this box set takes the form of something frank and fresh rather than merely ruminative. 

April 19, 2022
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Orville Peck, “Bronco”

The “outlaw cowboy” brings to his game the opulence of a big label with an explosive, evocative production tone crossing Spaghetti Western plains and a mountain range’s open skies.

April 18, 2022
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Jack White, “Fear of the Dawn”

In contrast with his most incisive work with The White Stripes and The Raconteurs, the first of White’s two planned solo albums in 2022 feels based on the ideas of a man who’s lost without equity and union.

April 13, 2022
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Father John Misty, “Chloë and the Next 20th Century”

Josh Tillman’s latest release is a record so layered, lush, calming, and dulcet that you hardly notice its frequent aimlessness.

April 11, 2022
Reviews
The James Hunter Six, “With Love”

Hunter and his Six are unafraid of dashing their smooth soul with the good grit of the blues and a live-in-studio recording vibe.

April 07, 2022
Reviews
Frank Zappa & the Mothers, “The Mothers 1971” [Super Deluxe Edition]

This collection of previously unreleased Fillmore East showcases and bonus tracks is the wired, weird epic you didn’t know you needed.

April 05, 2022
Reviews
Sonic Youth, “In/Out/In”

This collection of instrumental-only recordings from the band’s final decade together sounds freer than anything in their avant-punk and post-no-wave past.

April 04, 2022
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Paul McCartney and Wings, “Wild Life” [50th Anniversary Edition]

The job of this freshly remodeled package is to heighten the stellar, grungy-but-clean studio mix given to the original sessions by Tony Clark and Alan Parsons.

March 15, 2022
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RZA + DJ Scratch, “Saturday Afternoon Kung Fu Theater”

RZA pens a rapier-fast love letter to his heart’s obsession while giving Scratch space to run his jazz.

March 14, 2022
Waiting for the Sun: The Doors’ Robby Krieger on 50 Years of “L.A. Woman” and More

The Doors guitarist discusses his new autobiography, his band’s Hollywood Bowl concert film, the 50th anniversary of their last studio album with Jim Morrison, and life in “fantastic LA.”

March 07, 2022
Reviews
Robert Glasper, Black Radio III

Glasper’s most vocal excursion to date features so many voices that there’s hardly room for his bracing instrumental work.

March 07, 2022
Reviews
The Moldy Peaches, Origin Story: 1994-1999

Origin Story captures the raucous fun of two kids feeling their way through their guitars and their words while guessing at their silly talents to come.

February 28, 2022
Reviews
Swamp Dogg, I Need a Job…So I Can Buy More Auto-Tune

Dogg’s 808s & Heartbreak–inspired soul is characterized by steeliness, a live-band feel, and the past’s traditions of oversexed bravura.

February 23, 2022
Reviews
Anaïs Mitchell, Anaïs Mitchell

On her first album in a decade, Mitchell lets the delights of vocal harmony and opulent melody with a raw, silken edge shine through.

February 02, 2022
Reviews
Eels, Extreme Witchcraft

Mark Oliver Everett is, as always, glad to be unhappy with this spare and soul-strewn 14th LP.

February 01, 2022
Reviews
Various Artists, Sacred Soul: The D-Vine Spirituals Records Story, Vol. 1 & 2

These two volumes of early-’70s gospel recordings capture a moment that was fresh and funky for young churchgoing crowds in the South.

January 31, 2022

(L-R): Steven Krueger as Ben Scott, Samantha Hanratty as Teen Misty, Jasmin Savoy Brown as Teen Taissa, Sophie Nélisse as Teen Shauna, Ella Purnell as Teen Jackie and Sophie Thatcher as Teen Natalie in YELLOWJACKETS. Photo credit: Brendan Meadows/SHOWTIME.

Film + TV
In Conversation: Craig Wedren and Anna Waronker on Composing the Harrowing “Yellowjackets” Score

Listening in on the pair who’ve made the freakiest soundtrack on television with ’90s indie-rock touches.

January 20, 2022
Art & CultureFilm + TV
The Song of Bob Saget

The late, legendary stand-up comic and actor with a flair for all things blue, had a thing for music.

January 18, 2022
Reviews
Elvis Costello & the Imposters, “The Boy Named If”

So much of the record is of a sneery, stabby nature and blunter than Costello’s more sophisticated recent songcraft.

January 13, 2022
The Best Reissues and Box Sets of 2021

10 LP packages that kept our eyes and ears busy over the past year.

December 29, 2021
Art & CultureIn Conversation
In Conversation: NFT Overlords Bored Ape Yacht Club on Their First Music Video

Bored Ape Yacht Club #9797—a.k.a. Jimbo—on becoming the first NFT to make and release its own music video with the electro-shock-trap-hop of “Delist your ape (2DaMoon).”

December 17, 2021
Reviews
San Fermin, “In This House”

The Brooklyn collective have never sounded more sure-footed and effortlessly melodic than they do with this gathering of friends.

December 16, 2021
Reviews
Rufus Wainwright, “Unfollow the Rules: The Paramour Session” + “Rufus Wainwright and Amsterdam Sinfonietta Live”

Both recent live albums see the songwriter reinventing his and others’ songs with care, invention, and consideration.

December 07, 2021
Reviews
Body/Dilloway/Head, “Body/Dilloway/Head”

Kim Gordon and Bill Nace continue along their improvised music path with the help of fellow avant-garde journeyperson Aaron Dilloway.

December 06, 2021
Earthlings, Suburban Buddhas, and Outsiders: David Bowie in the ’90s

Bowie collaborator Mark Plati details the new box set “Brilliant Adventure,” which includes the long-lost LP “Toy” recorded in 2000 among other curios from the preceding decade.

December 01, 2021
Reviews
Aesop Rock x Blockhead, “Garbology”

On the pair’s first full-album collaboration, spaced-out ambience and abstract linguistics come together for something unique, brutal, and beautiful.

November 30, 2021

Kacey Musgraves

Scenes From the End of a Marriage: 12 Great Records About Divorce

With Adele contributing “30” to the canon, here are a dozen other albums that poetically and coarsely tackle legal uncoupling.

November 29, 2021
Reviews
Brian Wilson, “At My Piano” + “Long Promised Road”

Both new releases happily and uniquely go further into defining the myth and the magic of Brian Wilson.

November 29, 2021