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Against Me!, “Shape Shift with Me”

The followup to 2014’s “Transgender Dysphoria Blues” finds Laura Jane Grace careening around the world and bouncing off the walls of her heart.

September 13, 2016

“HOPELESSNESS” is without a doubt protest music. But it’s what ANOHNI does with the blame game of world woes that sets this piece of artful dissent apart from countless others.

May 06, 2016

2016. Savages Adore Life cover hi-res

Savages, “Adore Life”

With “Adore Life,” Savages have allowed us to get closer to them on their own terms of angry love and righteous respect for life and punk.

January 21, 2016

Fun Fun Fun Fest / photo by Daniel Cavazos

Fun Fun Fun in the Sun Sun Sun: 3 (More) Days in Austin

Getting down at the tenth annual Fun Fun Fun Fest.

November 09, 2015

2015. Majical Cloudz, “Are You Alone?”

Majical Cloudz, “Are You Alone?”

With this, their sophomore LP about the shaky realities surrounding real love, the co-conspirators have delivered one of 2015’s most honest and moving albums.

October 21, 2015

Patti Smith // photo by Jesse Ditmar

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Riding the “M Train”

Five years after the release of her beloved memoir “Just Kids,” Patti Smith returns with a new, intimate collection.

October 14, 2015

2015. U.S. Girls Half Free cover hi-res

U.S. Girls, “Half Free”

“At least I’m no one’s son,” she says. A poignant declaration.

October 09, 2015

2015. Ought Sun Coming Down cover high resolution

Ought, “Sun Coming Down”

Singer/guitarist Tim Darcy’s yawp-drawl has been sharpened into a powerful tool.

September 18, 2015

2015. Craig Finn Faith in the Future cover

Craig Finn, “Faith in the Future”

But if Finn keeps digging deep within himself, who knows how many lives he could touch in the future?

September 11, 2015

Destroyer, “Poison Season”

Destroyer, “Poison Season”

On top of those emotional juxtapositions, “Poison Season” as a whole plays to Bejar’s greatest strength: the understanding that repetition opens more doors than it closes.

August 24, 2015

2015 Tunde Olaniran Transgressor Cover (1400x)

Tunde Olaniran, “Transgressor”

Tunde Olaniran’s is a voice and a viewpoint so varied and singular that it must be heard to be believed.

August 03, 2015

Mas Ysa seraph cover.

Mas Ysa, “Seraph”

Mas Ysa mastermind Thomas Arsenault fully believes in power of the beat to convey an extreme level of sincerity, and his full-length debut, “Seraph,” is a solid testament to this.

July 28, 2015

Arthur Russell Corn cover.

Arthur Russell, “Corn”

Though it’s not on par with Russell’s true body of work, “Corn” can be a revealing listen for veteran fans.

June 16, 2015