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Domenico Lancellotti, “The Good Is a Big God”

Domenico Lancellotti’s second full-length is a mix of dream pop and world music, which proves an intoxicating combination.

May 14, 2018
Wye Oak, “The Louder I Call, the Faster It Runs”

The album takes all the musicality the duo has mastered to date and builds on it, with “building” being the operative word.

April 18, 2018
The Vaccines, “Combat Sports”

Despite its energy, “Combat Sports” is more than occasionally boring.

April 11, 2018
Moby, “Everything Was Beautiful, And Nothing Hurt”

Moby’s latest is a bummer, man—albeit a great-sounding bummer.

March 08, 2018
Kyle Craft, “Full Circle Nightmare”

Craft’s influences of decades-old bombast and glam and down-home folk and blues combine to create a musical atmosphere that feels both modern and familiar.

February 20, 2018
They Might Be Giants, “I Like Fun”

The duo’s twentieth studio album gives a nod to the variety of musical styles that have been part of the Giants’ palate all these years.

January 19, 2018
Marilyn Manson, “Heaven Upside Down”

While Manson’s style of hard rock has been both imitated by other acts and eclipsed by other genres since the artist’s heyday in the late ’90s, the prospect of a new MM release is still cause for anticipation.

October 05, 2017
Tricky, “ununiform”

The OG trip-hopper returns—with help from some Russian rappers.

September 25, 2017
Alan Vega, “IT”

Like New York back in the day, Vega’s resilience is inspiring—and still a little scary.

July 21, 2017
Chain & the Gang, “Best of Crime Rock”

Even the simplest songs can benefit from a bit of production.

June 01, 2017
Moon Duo, “Occult Architecture Vol. 2”

With “Vol. 1” you banged your head; “Vol. 2” is the dance party.

May 15, 2017
Willie Nelson, “God’s Problem Child”

It would seem that as a well-heeled, seemingly content octogenarian with a legacy approaching mythical status, Nelson wouldn’t need to keep making records, or that he even could still make one as good as this.

May 10, 2017

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Art & Culture
Both Sides of the Wall in Berlin

The German capital is a city of dualities and dichotomies.

April 12, 2017
Moon Duo, “Occult Architecture Vol. 1”

The dexterity with which Moon Duo present seemingly simple riffs belies the complexity of the songwriting—and the difficulty in getting to their destination.

February 08, 2017
Telefon Tel Aviv, “Fahrenheit Fair Enough” [reissue]

The reissue of the New Orleans IDM duo’s debut is a refreshing reminder of a more cerebral time.

December 07, 2016

photo by Alwin Kuchler

Film + TV
A Weeping Song: Director Andrew Dominik on His Nick Cave Film “One More Time With Feeling”

“It was important to me that none of them were victims of the film.”

November 30, 2016
Express Yourself: Lee Fields on Life, Love, and Soul

In his mid-sixties and playing for ever-larger crowds, the New Jersey–based soul singer reflects on how he got here.

November 28, 2016
Sleigh Bells, “Jessica Rabbit”

They may well deliver a pop masterpiece one day, but “Jessica Rabbit” isn’t it.

November 14, 2016
Honeyblood, “Babes Never Die”

While the Glasgow duo’s debut was a bit more coy, the followup is unabashed in its devotion to the guitar.

November 02, 2016
Marching Church, “Telling It Like It Is”

On “Telling It Like It Is,” Elias Bender Rønnenfelt enlists the services of members of like-minded Nordic punks in Lower, Hand of Dust, and others.

October 25, 2016

Dinosaur Jr / Give A Glimpse of What Yer Not

Dinosaur Jr., “Give a Glimpse of What Yer Not”

Thirty-three years after its formation, Dinosaur Jr. continues to make sublime, rousing rock and roll.

August 29, 2016

Wild Beasts “Boy King”

Wild Beasts, “Boy King”

As Wild Beasts release their fifth long-player, “Boy King,” we find them facing (rock band) middle age and most likely questioning their relevance.

August 05, 2016
William S. Burroughs, “Let Me Hang You”

Burroughs on the mic, King Khan on the boards.

July 15, 2016
Bat for Lashes, “The Bride”

Natasha Khan’s new album was created as a kind of soundtrack to a short film she screened this year at Tribeca.

July 05, 2016
Car Seat Headrest, “Teens of Denial”

Car Seat Headrest’s first wide release of brand-new material showcases most of the weapons in Will Toledo’s arsenal.

May 17, 2016
White Denim, “Stiff”

“Stiff” makes a grand leap into polished retro-rock territory.

March 31, 2016

2016. Santigold 99c cover hi-res

Santigold, “99¢”

At the pace Philly’s eclectic Santigold releases albums (read: slowly), it’s not hard to welcome each LP as more than just a new release for the artist.

February 25, 2016

Ty Segall Emotional Mugger 2016 cover hi-res

Ty Segall, “Emotional Mugger”

A raucous blast of energy to help combat the winter doldrums.

January 29, 2016

2016. Harriet American Appetite cover hi-res

Harriet, “American Appetite”

After repeated listens to Harriet, the fact that they are from Los Angeles comes of absolutely no surprise.

January 26, 2016

Bubble House in Iceland / photo by Emily Schur

Art & CultureEvents
Eat Like a Viking: A Weekend at Iceland Airwaves

Iceland sounds like an easy sell: who wouldn’t like an exotic arctic country inhabited by tall blond socialists? Yet when it…

December 01, 2015

2015. White Fang, “Chunks”

White Fang, “Chunks”

Oh, to be that simplistic and silly again!

November 02, 2015

2015. Pure Bathing Culture, “Pray for Rain”

Pure Bathing Culture, “Pray for Rain”

Very well produced and expertly performed, Pray for Rain does its best to entertain without offending—or leaving much of a lasting impression.

October 29, 2015

2015. Dead Weather Dodge and Burn cover

The Dead Weather, “Dodge and Burn”

Dripping with sex, swagger, and a buzz factor they might have to invent a new scale for, the new Dead Weather album arrives—after almost a year of teaser singles—with a bit of a thud.

September 29, 2015

2015. Keith Richards Crosseyed Heart high-res

Keith Richards, “Crosseyed Heart”

We’re glad he’s having fun, but next time he needs to put some power behind it.

September 24, 2015

Painted Palms. Horizons.

Painted Palms, “Horizons”

Appropriation is nothing new under the creative sun (just ask Sam Smith or Robin Thicke), but the fact that Painted Palms wear their influences on their sleeve in such obvious fashion on their sophomore album is a little disappointing.

September 23, 2015

2015. Duran Duran Paper Gods cover

Duran Duran, “Paper Gods”

A for effort, but we already have “Rio.”

September 17, 2015

John Lydon // photo by Paul Heartfield

The Catalog: John Lydon Reflects on Public Image Ltd.’s Discography

Four decades after the advent of punk, chief rotter John Lydon rejoices in PiL’s post-punk creation.

September 10, 2015

2015. Radkey Dark Black Makeup cover

Radkey, “Dark Black Makeup”

Blasting out of St. Joseph, Missouri, comes a power trio of young, homeschooled brothers who just delivered one solid debut rock album.

August 18, 2015

2003. Amy Winehouse Frank cover

Amy Winehouse, “Frank” [vinyl reissue]

Twelve years later, though, it’s impossible to consider the stellar album without acknowledging its place in the artist’s short and turbulent career.

July 30, 2015
Ratatat, “Magnifique”

“Magnifique,” their new opus, is a fourteen-track tour de force that will stand as one of their best.

July 14, 2015

EZTV // photo by Pamela Garavano

Breaking: EZTV

Brooklyn-based NYU grads turned power-pop revivalists EZTV talk about auditioning for Spiritualized and calling in sick to go on their first tour.

July 09, 2015

EZTV Calling Out cover high-res (1400x)

EZTV, “Calling Out”

“Calling Out” follows a fairly straightforward path from start to finish, as any good pop-rock album should: guitars lead the way, vocals enter to tell universal stories of urban, existential, and romantic frustrations.

July 08, 2015

FFS. cover.


“FFS”’s songs are completely polarizing; you will either love them, or you will not.

June 08, 2015

Hot Chip, “Why Make Sense?”

Hot Chip, “Why Make Sense?”

It’s solid, let’s leave it at that.

May 28, 2015

2015. Death, “N.E.W”

Death, “N.E.W.”

While it’s impossible to confirm, the first punk band ever might have been a God-fearing trio of African American brothers from Detroit, Michigan, called Death.

April 28, 2015

Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck / photo courtesy HBO

Film + TVReviews
Diary of a Mad Man: “Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck”

A beautiful—warts and all—look at the public and private life of modern rock’s most visceral voice.

April 27, 2015

2015. The Go! Team, “The Scene Between”

The Go! Team, “The Scene Between”

The sound of fizz, a soda being poured most likely, opens “The Scene Between,” the first new offering in four years from Brighton’s The Go! Team.

March 25, 2015

2015. Mark Knopfler, “Tracker”

Mark Knopfler, “Tracker”

Like many of his aging contemporaries, Mark Knopfler is such an accomplished and successful musician that one can appreciate his work without realizing how proficient it is.

March 19, 2015

2015. Madonna, “Rebel Heart” art

Madonna, “Rebel Heart”

Around the time most of the readers of this site were born, Madonna Louise Ciccone was into her second, or perhaps third, career transition.

March 13, 2015

2015. Swervedriver, “I Wasn’t Born to Lose You”

Swervedriver, “I Wasn’t Born to Lose You”

That the band is now releasing a new album (seventeen years since its last) is certainly newsworthy, but while comparing “I Wasn’t Born to Lose You” to their prior work is inevitable, it ensures a disappointing listening experience of the new LP.

March 05, 2015

2015. Diamond Rugs, “Cosmetics”

Diamond Rugs, “Cosmetics”

The collaborative group—McCauley along with members of Black Lips, Dead Confederate, Six Finger Satellite, and Los Lobos—continues to succeed with its brash brand of aggressive garage-punk featuring sing-shouted lyrics (“Couldn’t Help It,” “Blame”), but the bouncy fun and joy of 2012’s “Diamond Rugs” seems to be absent on the latest LP.

February 23, 2015

2015. Amason, “Sky City”

Amason, “Sky City”

If you’re familiar with the tastefully produced prior releases from the electro-folk-pop Ingrid stable such as Hortlax Cobra, Woodlands, and Smile, you’ll feel right at home with the falsetto vocals and wispy synth lines of Amason—the collective of Amanda Bergman (Hajen, Idiot Wind), Gustav Ejstes (Dungen), Nils Törnqvist (Little Majorette), Petter Winnberg (Little Majorette), and Pontus Winnberg (Miike Snow).

January 28, 2015

David Bowie, “Nothing Has Changed” cover, 2014

David Bowie, “Nothing Has Changed”

Exhaustive in its scope, Nothing Has Changed assembles repertoire from almost every crevice of the Thin White Duke’s career, from 1964 to this year.

November 18, 2014

2014. Scott Walker + Sunn O))), “Soused”

Scott Walker + Sunn O))), “Soused”

Simply put, to all but a select handful of the most adventurous music consumers Soused will be unlistenable.

October 21, 2014

2014. The Raveonettes in shadow live in Brooklyn. Photo by Adam Pollock.

LIVE: The Raveonettes Wash the Music Hall of Williamsburg in Sound (9/30/2014)

The Raveonettes September 30, 2014 Music Hall of Williamsburg Brooklyn, New York Touring in support of their seventh album (and…

October 02, 2014

2014. The Vaselines, “V for Vaselines”

The Vaselines, “V for Vaselines”

Lo-fi and punk, V for Vaselines is a cheery and welcome ’50s-tinged raver that recalls simpler times—the ’90s for instance—when the gravest threat to public safety was a libidinous president.

September 29, 2014

2014. Ryan Adams, “Ryan Adams”

Ryan Adams, “Ryan Adams”

While a modern roots rocker’s (a sect of which Adams is “drunk uncle” emeritus) current arsenal centers around acoustic instruments and even—sigh—banjos, with this album, Adams reminds us that the overdriven electric guitar once held sway.

September 09, 2014
La Roux, “Trouble in Paradise”

To say that the wait was worth it is a fair assessment; Trouble is a sexy and inviting album that shows a maturation from the youthful, coming-of-age days of La Roux.

July 22, 2014

2014. The Raveonettes “Pe’ahi” album art

The Raveonettes, “Pe’ahi”

Pe’ahi may be The Raveonettes’ sun-drenched, dreamy surf-rock album but dark things always seem to lurk in the lands filled with permanent sunshine, too, just ask David Lynch.

July 22, 2014

2014. Braid, “No Coast” album art

Braid, “No Coast”

The first bands of this second wave came out of the gate in the early ’90s, including the creative (and relatively obscure) Braid.

July 08, 2014