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Blvck Hippie, “Basketball Camp”

On their second album, Josh Shaw channels the momentum of emotional turmoil into a vibrant, propulsive musical feat with a bigger, bolder sound than their debut.

July 10, 2024
Alcest, “Les chants de l’aurore”

After a five-year wait, the French blackgaze duo explore the gamut of human emotions as they clear the high bar they’ve set for themselves on their six previous post-metal releases.

July 09, 2024
Babe Report, “Did You Get Better”

More punk in spirit than in sound, the Chicago group’s lo-fi debut is endearing if also a bit impatient as they keep things loud, fast, and heavily distorted.

June 18, 2024
DIIV, “Frog in Boiling Water”

The Brooklyn shoegazers forgo an understandable sense of hopelessness for an open-ended, soulfully uplifting conclusion on their sonically eclectic fourth album.

June 17, 2024
French Cassettes, “Benzene”

The San Francisco quartet hits the perfect balance of intimacy and exhibitionism on their short-but-sweet third album of harmony-based indie pop.

June 11, 2024
Shellac, “To All Trains”

The noise-rock outfit’s relatively brief final album features their tightest material in their three-decade career while capturing their most critical characteristic: contrarianism.

May 22, 2024
Camera Obscura, “Look to the East, Look to the West”

The Glaswegian chamber-pop quartet’s comeback record finds the group nestling back into its comfort zone, soothing the soul like the band used to.

May 20, 2024
Knocked Loose, “You Won’t Go Before You’re Supposed To”

After developing their confidence and honing their sound over the course of a decade, the Kentucky hardcore quintet pushes boundaries in a big way on their third full-length.

May 16, 2024
Draag, “Actually, the quiet is nice”

Following last year’s release of their debut album, the LA band continue to push forward their dreamy grungegaze romps on a six-song EP.

May 15, 2024
Inter Arma, “New Heaven”

The Virginia sludge quintet’s fifth album exhibits their penchant for probing the innards of metal and reconstructing it into a seamless new visage.

April 30, 2024
METZ, “Up on Gravity Hill”

The Toronto noise-punks’ fifth LP sees their familiarly angular guitars working through melodies that range from ear-sweetening to atonal, furthering the mystery that is the band METZ.

April 25, 2024
Drahla, “Angeltape”

Their sophomore album sees the Leeds-based trio overcoming grief over instrumental flourishes that recall yesteryear while artfully resisting the lure of entering a time machine.

April 24, 2024
High on Fire, “Cometh the Storm”

After a relatively long wait, Matt Pike’s sludge-metal outfit returns with their most adventurous, pigeonhole-smashing, and idiosyncratic release to date.

April 17, 2024
Sleater-Kinney: A “Little Rope” Goes a Very Long Way

As they wrap up their current set of dates supporting their new album, Corin Tucker and Carrie Brownstein discuss how their unique eleventh LP is the product of unique circumstances.

April 10, 2024
Fucked Up, “The Chemistry of Common Life: Revisionist History”

The Canadian punks’ Polaris-winning sophomore LP proved that hardcore could stray outside of its traditionally narrow confines without sacrificing the band’s reputation within the genre.

February 26, 2024
Grandaddy, “Blu Wav”

The Modesto lo-fi outfit proves there’s still plenty of life yet in the twice-retired project as they ambitiously venture into uncharted waters.

February 16, 2024
British Sea Power, “Do You Like Rock Music?” [15th Anniversary Edition]

The remastered 2008 LP is rounded out with B-sides and BBC live recordings which further immerse the listener in the time period.

February 13, 2024
Loving, “Any Light”

The Canadian duo blossoms into their own on their soft and breezy sophomore collection of hypnagogic folk pop.

February 12, 2024
Brittany Howard, “What Now”

The Alabama Shakes vocalist’s larger-than-life-sounding voice dominates her sophomore solo album as she addresses themes of self-empowerment, self-motivation, and moving on.

February 09, 2024
Track by Track
Planet B Take Us Track by Track Through Their Clairvoyant New LP “Fiction Prediction”

Justin Pearson breaks down the themes and collaborations that formed his second full-length with the deeply experimental synth-punk project.

February 09, 2024
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