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The Breeders, “Last Splash” [30th Anniversary Edition]

Although perhaps eclipsed by the bonus-track-heavy deluxe edition from 10 years ago, this latest reissue of the alt-rock pioneers’ sophomore LP signals another splash of interest in Kim Deal’s post-Pixies career.

September 25, 2023
Track by Track
Baroness Break Down Their Sludgy New LP “Stone” Track by Track

Band members Nick Jost and Sebastian Thomson walk us through the Savannah, Georgia–based metal group’s sixth full-length.

September 15, 2023
Explosions in the Sky, “End”

The instrumental post-rockers’ seventh LP finds them even more lost than they were when venturing into the wilderness seven years ago.

September 15, 2023
Converge, “The Dusk in Us” (Deluxe Edition)

The re-release of the metalcore icons’ 2017 LP is enhanced by five additional tracks—which some of the band members wanted to include in the first place.

September 05, 2023
Sprain, “The Lamb as Effigy”

Constructed more like an avant-garde score than a traditional rock album, the 97-minute second LP from the LA-based noise-rock group is a complex piece of music-as-art.

August 31, 2023
Hella, “Hold Your Horse Is” (Deluxe Reissue)

Toting previously unheard demos, the Kill Rock Stars imprint’s remastering of the math rock duo’s first record is critical to keeping their unrivaled combustibility lodged in our brains.

August 31, 2023
The Armed, “Perfect Saviors”

The long-running band from Detroit proves that they need just five seconds to win over listeners who gravitate toward the type of quality noise-pop that takes chances.

August 25, 2023
If Not Us Then Who: Power Trip Vocalist Riley Gale’s Righteous Legacy

Riley’s father Brandon and board members of Dallas Hope Charities reflect on the late musician’s deep humanity and prolific charitability on the third anniversary of his passing.

August 24, 2023
Sonic Youth, “Live in Brooklyn 2011”

Properly mixed and mastered for the first time, the strongest quality of this live release documenting the noise-rock icons’ legendary final US show is its flawless separation of sound.

August 18, 2023
Osees, “Intercepted Message”

Returning to the label that released some of the band’s most iconic work over a decade ago, John Dwyer’s latest belongs in that company.

August 17, 2023
Lush, “Split” [2023 Remaster]

The dream-pop group’s 1994 sophomore LP is their most quintessential, capturing their alternatively whimsical and sulking spirit, framed with emotionally transformative songcraft.

August 10, 2023
Holy Wave, “Five of Cups”

The Austin band’s nine-song synopsis on disappointment is conversational, lush-yet-tempered pop music that delivers straight up.

August 03, 2023
Locate S,1, “Wicked Jaw”

Christina Schneider goes all in on her third record, steering clear of lyrical hyperbole or excess instrumentation to share with us her story in the most sparing of styles possible.

July 28, 2023
Track by Track
Oxbow Walk Us Through the Meditation on Love That Is Their New LP “Love’s Holiday”

The longstanding experimental noise-rock four-piece break down each song on their eighth LP, out now via Ipecac Recordings.

July 21, 2023
Boris & Uniform, “Bright New Disease”

Germinated during the metal bands’ 2019 joint tour, this exploratory collaboration covers plenty of ground between speed-metal blitzkriegs and epic-scaled drone.

June 20, 2023
Man on Man, “Provincetown”

Roddy Bottum’s second record with partner and bandmate Joey Holman is as direct as Faith No More albums are enigmatic.

June 15, 2023
In Conversation
In Times of Struggle: Queens of the Stone Age’s Josh Homme on New LP “In Times New Roman…”

Ahead of the band’s eighth studio album, the frontman discusses change, acceptance, and the sonic brutality of their latest offering.

June 15, 2023
Wombo, “Slab”

The Louisville post-punks’ new EP sees them more toned-down than ever without a trace of their penchant for psych-rock to speak of.

June 13, 2023
Long Live the New Godflesh

Ahead of the band’s headlining appearance at Oblivion Access this weekend, Justin K. Broadrick talks Purge—the industrial-metal duo’s first new LP in six years—and finding peace in the isolation of the British countryside.

June 12, 2023
TEKE::TEKE, “Hagata”

Mischievous, unrestrained, and daring, the Montreal psych-rock collective’s second album boldly redefines a sound they’d already redefined.

June 08, 2023
WITCH, “Zango”

The Zamrock trailblazers’ first album in 39 years is impressively coherent, far-reaching, and composed in terms of songwriting and the musicians’ relaxed delivery throughout.

June 02, 2023
Gal Pal, “This and Other Gestures”

The LA trio boast breathtaking breadth on their second effort as their colorful canvas features gentle vocals carefully layered atop introverted math rock and light noise.

June 02, 2023
Thee Oh Sees, “Live at Levitation”

This 2012 recording from the Austin psych-rock festival makes the argument that the band can prove their mettle in just 40 minutes.

May 19, 2023
Eluvium, “(Whirring Marvels In) Consensus Reality”

The ambient outfit’s 13th effort is the fullest representation yet of Matthew Robert Cooper’s outlandish compositions, as it’s his first album to feature a live orchestra.

May 11, 2023
Jeromes Dream, “The Gray in Between”

By mixing tones, textures, and time signatures, the recently reunited noise-rock outfit have concocted a luscious, irresistible, unpretentious punk sound.

May 05, 2023
Drain, “Living Proof”

With their sophomore LP, the Santa Cruz hardcore group wears their experience on their collective sleeve and for the first time sound fully confident with their songcraft.

May 05, 2023
The Album Leaf, “Future Falling”

In the project’s 25 years, Jimmy LaValle has never sounded this sullen—though guest spots from Bat for Lashes and Kimbra help to bring moments of hope and temporary joy.

May 04, 2023
Tim Hecker, “No Highs”

The Canadian soundscape artist strips any semblance of sensationalism from his electronic music and thrills us like never before on his 11th solo outing.

April 27, 2023
Portrayal of Guilt, “Devil Music”

The Austin trio uses their fourth album to upend preconceived notions of what heavy music can do—then flips the script halfway through.

April 20, 2023
Bell Witch Toll the Release of New Album with 83-Minute Song

The single-track The Clandestine Gate arrives digitally this Friday via Profound Lore, coinciding with the song’s live debut at Roadburn Festival.

April 18, 2023
Jesus Piece Jump Into the Unknown

Aaron Heard talks betting his life on his metal/hardcore crossover band ahead of their anticipated sophomore album So Unknown.

April 13, 2023
Mast Year, “Knife”

The debut album from the Baltimore post-rock group taps into a wide range of emotions like much more experienced artists.

April 10, 2023
FACS, “Still Life in Decay”

The Chicago noise-rock group’s fifth LP demonstrates that they’ve come a long way in understanding how to effectively use experimentation and space.

April 07, 2023
Braid, “Frame & Canvas” [25th Anniversary Edition]

Reminding us of the critical role the LP played in the rise of emo, this remastered version is much shinier than the one Braid quickly recorded in five days in 1998.

April 06, 2023
Tribulation, “Hamartia”

On their new EP, the Swedish collective are embracing their true identity as a death-metal band that, under the corpse paint, is really a hard-rock outfit at heart.

April 05, 2023
Godflesh Light Up Again with New Song “Nero,” Set US Tour Dates

The influential industrial metal band recently announced their first new record in six years, with Purge landing June 9.

April 04, 2023
The Who, “The Who with Orchestra Live at Wembley”

This recording of the Mod rockers’ 2019 London show is loaded with songs originally intended to be heard as full-bodied masterpieces.

March 31, 2023
Deerhoof, “Miracle-Level”

With 19 past full-lengths, their first studio recording with an outside producer proves, once again, that nothing can contain the noise-pop group’s sound and vision.

March 30, 2023
Purling Hiss, “Drag on Girard”

Mike Polizze’s garage rock outfit leans further into the Dinosaur Jr. comparisons than ever before on their first record in over six years.

March 27, 2023
Liturgy, “93696”

On her expansive and massively ambitious new album, Haela Ravenna Hunt-Hendrix finds new ways to surprise even the project’s most loyal fans.

March 24, 2023
M83, “Fantasy”

Providing a welcome retreat from reality, Anthony Gonzalez’s ninth LP shines so bright it should come with a special pair of sunglasses.

March 21, 2023
Unknown Mortal Orchestra, “V”

On their fifth album, the New Zealand outfit take their once-exploratory sound one step further toward full-fledged AOR.

March 20, 2023
The Flaming Lips, “Fight Test”

The first-ever vinyl release for this 2003 EP—featuring covers of Beck, Kylie Minogue, and Radiohead—isn’t only a look back at a pinnacle in the career of the Lips, but a testament to their immortality.

March 15, 2023
Willie Nelson, “I Don’t Know a Thing About Love”

The 89-year-old country icon repurposes 10 compositions by Harlan Howard with a heaping tablespoon of authenticity courtesy of a heart once broken.

March 03, 2023
Full of Hell & Primitive Man, “Suffocating Hallucination”

This fusion of grindcore and doom metal gives both bands the opportunity to explore the luminous ether produced by their combustive collaboration.

March 02, 2023
Xiu Xiu, “Ignore Grief”

Jamie Stewart’s shapeshifting post-industrial outfit turns its eye toward dark ambient with this conceptual journey into the bowels of anarchic horror.

March 01, 2023
Big|Brave, “nature morte”

By thrusting vocalist/guitarist Robin Wattie into center stage more so than ever before, the Montreal post-metal trio doubles down—and wins.

February 23, 2023
Art & CultureDigital Cover
Buff Monster: Tickled Pink

Once a billboard graffiti artist, Buff Monster has gotten a little bit more entrepreneurial in his recent endeavors—and is the sweetest new addition to a New York City scene in need of some fresh color.

September 06, 2017
Mogwai, “Every Country’s Sun”

When Mogwai embrace their raucous side on their latest LP, they come across as more liberated than ever.

August 31, 2017

photo by Brian Kelly

Art & Culture
Rory Scovel Is Teed Off

Not really. But the South Carolina comic does set his sights on our new reality in his new special, Rory Scovel Tries Stand-Up for the First Time.

June 22, 2017
Helium, “Ends With And”

“Ends With And” replenishes the coffers of completists whose cassette collections have crumbled and provides a wide-ranging primer for curious newcomers.

June 08, 2017
Omar Souleyman, “To Syria, with Love”

At its core, “To Syria, with Love” is not a celebration of a love that exists in the present but rather a painful longing for a love that he wants back.

June 07, 2017
!!!, “Shake the Shudder”

The road goes on forever and the party never ends.

May 31, 2017
Guided by Voices, “August by Cake”

“August by Cake” is an album stuffed with songs that qualify as demos, half-baked ideas, and snippets, along with a handful of brilliant gems nestled in between.

April 24, 2017
Gold Star, “Big Blue”

When he’s not sharing stories about strangers, Marlon Rabenreither spills his guts about his own love affairs, breakups, and what it’s like to be all by his lonesome self.

March 27, 2017
Wire, “Silver/Lead”

The Colin Newman–led band is not the same as it used to be fifteen albums ago. And that’s exactly the point.

March 22, 2017
Art & CultureEvents
The Truth Will Prevail: Los Angeles Podcast Festival 2017 Sets Lineup

“The Dollop”’s Dave Anthony gives us the inside scoop for this year’s fest.

February 14, 2017
Cloud Nothings, “Life Without Sound”

On their latest LP, the Cleveland band have realized—or stumbled upon—something lush and lovely.

February 13, 2017
Ty Segall, “Ty Segall”

Ty Segall’s second self-titled album serves as an excellent primer of his career to date—but then again he always is a trickster at heart.

February 07, 2017
Art & Culture
Special Arrangements

Japanese artist Azuma Makoto turns deconstructed floristry into fine art.

January 04, 2017
Art & Culture
Worlds Without End: The Art of Seonna Hong

The Los Angeles artist surveys the scene from her Mt. Washington home studio.

September 15, 2016

PORTSMOUTH, VA – JUNE 21: Weird Al Yankovic In Concert at Portsmouth Pavilion on June 21, 2016 in Portsmouth, Virginia. (Photo by David A. Beloff/Getty Images)

LIVE: “Weird Al” Yankovic Takes the Hollywood Bowl (7/23/2016)

The entertainer’s gravitas was undeniable in the glow of the Bowl—his first time playing with a live orchestra.

July 25, 2016

James Carville and Sarah Palin at Politicon 2016, photo courtesy of Politicon

Art & CultureEvents
Politicon 2016: Fear, Loathing, and Some Laughter in Pasadena

With tensions at a neck-popping high, the unconventional political convention tries to knead a little levity into the political conversation.

June 27, 2016

Jon Stewart on the “Daily Show” set in 1999

Film + TV
Stumbling Into Brilliance: An Oral History of “The Daily Show”’s Early Years

Even before it was shaping the national conversation and hosting sitting presidents, The Daily Show was skewering the way the media delivers the news. Ahead of their panel at Politicon, the show’s creators and early correspondents tell us how it all came together.

June 22, 2016

White Zombie “It Came From NYC”

White Zombie, “It Came From N.Y.C.”

Before they became astro creeps, White Zombie were a horror-influenced no-wave group in the New York underground.

June 10, 2016

Tim Hecker photographed in Los Angeles, CA on Thursday, February 18, 2016.

Photo by Emily Berl

In Conversation
In Conversation: Montage of Tim Hecker

With the California sun in his eyes, the dark master of atmosphere and ambience has just released his lightest-ever record, the appropriately titled “Love Streams.” But that doesn’t mean he’s going soft.

April 15, 2016

PJ Harvey “The Hope Six Demolition Project” hi-res

PJ Harvey, “The Hope Six Demolition Project”

All good things come to an end.

April 14, 2016

2016. Parquet Courts Human Performance cover hi-res

Parquet Courts, “Human Performance”

Parquet Courts possess a unique skill: making each of their albums sound as if it was their first.

April 11, 2016

2016. Iggy Pop and Josh Homme. cred Andreas Neumann

Digital Cover
Wind the Clocks: Iggy Pop’s New Leash on Life

Stirring up dirt in the Joshua Tree desert with Iggy Pop and Josh Homme—the world’s smartest Dum Dum Boys—to talk “Post Pop Depression,” this year’s most devastating rock album.

March 15, 2016

The Troubadour

Kate Brady Wins, City and Colour Wows At Guitar Center Singer-Songwriter 5

Ariel Rechtshaid knows how to pick ’em.

March 09, 2016

2016. Thao and the Get Down Stay Dow A Man Alive cover

Thao & the Get Down Stay Down, “A Man Alive”

With some infectious dance moments in the mix, “A Man Alive” is a complex journey into the soul with life-affirming side effects.

March 07, 2016

2016. So Pitted neo cover hi-res

So Pitted, “neo”

So Pitted pulls the cloth off the table, but instead of trying to execute a magic trick, the band gleefully lets all the dishes crash to the floor.

February 23, 2016

So Pitted Band Photos

Breaking: So Pitted

Nathan Rodriguez and his band are boldly going where no rock band has gone before—and fucking around a bit, too.

February 16, 2016

Godspeed You Black Emperor promo 2010

LIVE: Godspeed You! Black Emperor Gather the Masses at LA Church (2/4/2016)

Canada’s greatest post-rock band provokes introspection, obedience, and awe.

February 05, 2016

2016. Naked Lights On Nature cover hi-res

Naked Lights, “On Nature”

“On Nature” continues to energetically vacillate between tight and drifting experimentation.

February 04, 2016
Art & CultureEvents
LOL in DTLA: The 2016 Edition of the Riot LA Comedy Festival Takes Over

This weekend’s fourth edition of the massive alternative comedy fest sprawls across downtown Los Angeles.

February 02, 2016
Art & Culture
Six Degrees of Alt-Comedy Nation: The Inbreeding of Comedy Fest Riot LA’s Lineup

All of your favorite comics—and their favorite comics—will be in downtown LA this weekend.

January 28, 2016

2016. David Bowie, “Blackstar” album art

David Bowie, “★”

“★” (pronounced “Blackstar”) nestles in with his kraut-favoring releases, with Bowie deferring much of the limelight to sax, flute, keys, bass, and drums.

January 07, 2016

No Age performs at Red Bull Sound Select Presents 30 Days in LA, at The Echo, in Los Angeles, CA, USA on 18 November, 2015. // Catie Laffoon / Red Bull Sound Select / Content Pool // P-20151119-00225 // Usage for editorial use only // Please go to www.redbullcontentpool.com for further information. //

LIVE: No Age Wastes No Time at 30 Days in LA Set at the Echo (11/18/2015)

Day eighteen of Red Bull Sound Select’s 30 Days in Los Angeles speeds into punk territory with a fiery show led by No Age.

November 19, 2015

2015. Sket One Darth Vader Jesus crop

Art & Culture
Breaking: Sket One

Catching up with the Los Angeles–based artist on the occasion of his Star Wars–themed FLOOD Gallery show

November 19, 2015

Red Bull #30DAYSINLA television wall at Wax on Wax, part of Red Bull Sound Select Presents 30 Days in LA, at Madame Tussauds, in Los Angeles, CA, USA on 1 November, 2015.

Art & Culture
30 Days, 30 Posters: The Art of Red Bull’s Month-long Music Festival

The creators behind 30 Days in LA’s iconic show posters talk about their inspiration.

November 13, 2015

2015. Maserati, “Humanizer”

Maserati, “Rehumanizer”

“Prescient” is a word that gets tossed around often, but Maserati deserve a hearty pat on the back for coming up with a retro-rock sound about fifteen years ago.

October 30, 2015

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Seinabo Sey, hyllad ny soulartist, aktuell med ep:n “For Madeleine”
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Breaking: Seinabo Sey

The angel-voiced artist behind massive single “Younger” talks about overcoming fear and finding her own style.

October 28, 2015

2015. Fuzz II cover high res

Fuzz, “II”

Bigger and louder isn’t always better, and it’s impressive that such a young band has already figured this out.

October 28, 2015

2015. Deafheaven, “New Bermuda”

Deafheaven, “New Bermuda”

“New Bermuda” is the new black (metal).

October 20, 2015

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Wavves, “V”

With “V,” Wavves haven’t completely given up yet, but they certainly aren’t trying anything new, either.

October 07, 2015


Breaking: Salad Boys

From the depths of a dusty living room, New Zealand trio Salad Boys cobble together one the year’s most auspicious indie-pop debuts, “Metalmania.”

September 29, 2015

Battles La Di Da Di cover.

Battles, “La Di Da Di”

Indeed, Battles are one of indie rock’s best bands and one of the least obnoxious acts in techno.

September 21, 2015

Keith Stanfield // photo by Gilles Toucas

Film + TV
Breaking: Keith Stanfield

Making the trip from “Selma” to South Central with the “Straight Outta Compton” actor.

August 13, 2015

2015. Heather Woods Broderick Glider cover art

Heather Woods Broderick, “Glider”

There are cracks of light to be found on her second album, but it takes time and patience to find them.

July 09, 2015
Refused, “Freedom”

The reemergence of Refused didn’t presage a new album—the group could have toured off the strength of “Shape” forever—but the willingness to evolve is what keeps any band relevant. Cheers to Refused for taking the plunge.

July 02, 2015

2015. Daughn Gibson, “Carnation”

Daughn Gibson, “Carnation”

As every musician should, three albums deep into their career, Daughn Gibson (a.k.a Josh Martin) spends “Carnation” exploring new realms.

June 02, 2015

2015. Best Coast, “California Nights” album art

Best Coast, “California Nights”

It’s goodbye low budget, hello high society on Best Coast’s third full-length “California Nights.”

May 06, 2015

2015. My Morning Jacket cover art for The Waterfall

My Morning Jacket, “The Waterfall”

On the Kentucky band’s seventh album “The Waterfall,” the guitars are so few and far between that the band’s metamorphosis from garage gods to production wizards is nearly complete.

May 05, 2015

Chris Milk / photo by Spike Jonze

Art & Culture
Breaking: Chris Milk/VRSE

The famed visual artist discusses his avant-garde progression with art by way of virtual reality.

April 22, 2015

2015. Calexico, “Edge of the Sun” art

Calexico, “Edge of the Sun”

“Edge of the Sun” is what fans were clamoring to hear while sitting patiently through Joey Burns and John Convertino’s well-received but incredibly melancholic recent releases.

April 15, 2015

2015. Reptar, “Lurid Glow”

Reptar, “Lurid Glow”

Reptar is an unfortunately named band that usually has enough tricks up its sleeve to be forgiven for it. But not this time around.

April 07, 2015

2015. Moon Duo, “Shadow of the Sun”

Moon Duo, “Shadow of the Sun”

Far too often, words like “trippy,” “spacey,” and “acid” pepper descriptions of Moon Duo and guitarist/singer Ripley Johnson’s better-known band, Wooden Shjips.

March 06, 2015

Maps To The Stars / Julianna Moore / courtesy Focus World Photo from MAPS TO THE STARS courtesy of FOCUS…

Film + TVReviews
“Maps to the Stars”: Hollywood Is Death

The transitive property of congruence is hard at work in David Cronenberg’s newest film Maps to the Stars, which could…

February 25, 2015