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Indigo De Souza: Seeing Through the Smog

In our latest Digital Cover Story, the North Carolina native discusses the unexpected optimism of her latest album All of This Will End.

April 25, 2023
Alvvays Land on Their Feet

Molly Rankin shares how the Canadian dream-pop group avoided the tortured follow-up trappings Blue Rev’s lengthy gestation might have suggested.

October 06, 2022
Interpol on Avoiding the Traps of Pessimism on “The Other Side of Make-Believe”

Paul Banks discusses maintaining an uplifting tone and keeping things fresh on the band’s seventh studio album.

July 14, 2022
Sharon Van Etten on Setting Things Right with “We’ve Been Going About This All Wrong”

Van Etten shares how visions of a fiery apocalypse—and The Sandlot—inspired her dark(ish) sixth album.

May 16, 2022
Let’s Eat Grandma, “Two Ribbons”

The duo’s third album carries a palpable maturity and heft, a natural progression from their last two releases.

May 03, 2022
Charli XCX, “Crash”

Her fifth studio album finds Charli cherry-picking her favorite pop tropes and refracting them through her own singular lens, exercising restraint while doing so.

March 23, 2022
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Spoon’s New Frequency

In our latest digital cover story, Britt Daniel shares how growing up hearing classic rock on the radio informed the band’s tenth album, Lucifer on the Sofa.

February 03, 2022
Courtney Barnett, “Things Take Time, Take Time”

Barnett’s third solo record intermittently taps into her strengths, but it scans like a transitional record.

November 18, 2021
Lorde, “Solar Power”

Too much of Lorde’s third album is carefree in attitude but too musically nondescript to leave an impression.

August 25, 2021
Billie Eilish, “Happier Than Ever”

Eilish’s sophomore album looks inward to reckon with the aftershocks of her breakneck ascent.

August 11, 2021
Darkside, “Spiral”

Nicolas Jaar and Dave Harrington crystallize what made their debut so impactful while offering enough new detours to avoid retread status.

July 29, 2021
Japanese Breakfast, “Jubilee”

Michelle Zauner’s third album scans as a breakthrough, even though this is a band well past the breakthrough stage.

June 14, 2021
Justin Bieber, “Justice”

Bieber’s latest is a confident and disarmingly likable pop album.

March 26, 2021
Perfume Genius, “IMMEDIATELY Remixes”

The material on Mike Hadreas’ most recent LP doesn’t always call for the fidgety approach applied to it here.

March 16, 2021
Angel Olsen, “Whole New Mess”

“Whole New Mess” rips the sheen and pageantry away from the “All Mirrors” tracklist.

September 02, 2020
Run the Jewels, “RTJ4”

Killer Mike and El-P’s alchemy somehow sounds both pointedly different and substantially unchanged.

June 09, 2020
The 1975, “Notes on a Conditional Form”

The fourth album from The 1975 is deeply troubled, bloated, and frequently brilliant.

May 21, 2020


The Strokes, “The New Abnormal”

The Strokes’ sixth album doesn’t disrupt their complicated pattern of interesting failures and boring successes.

April 15, 2020
Destroyer, “Have We Met”

In many ways, a classic Destroyer record: cavernous and twisty and rich with atmosphere.

February 05, 2020

A deeply wounded album that strengthens the steely fusion of trip-hop and R&B she mastered on her debut.

November 12, 2019
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