Articles by Ben Kopel

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.


“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.

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.

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

Getting down at the tenth annual Fun Fun Fun Fest.

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.

Riding the “M Train”

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

U.S. Girls, “Half Free”

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

Ought, “Sun Coming Down”

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

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?

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.

Tunde Olaniran, “Transgressor”

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

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.

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.


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