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The Decemberists, “As It Ever Was, So It Will Be Again”

The Portland group’s first release on their own label is a fun combination of loose-knit folk and powerful prog odyssey, feeling like both a fresh start and a return to familiar form.

June 13, 2024
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Junkie XL on Exploring the Deepest of Hells with the “Furiosa” Soundtrack

Composer and multi-instrumentalist Tom Holkenborg delves into his second musical work in the Wasteland with longtime collaborator George Miller.

June 10, 2024
Arab Strap, “I’m totally fine with it 👍 don’t give a fuck anymore 👍”

The Scottish duo gives our global village a fitting pre-apocalyptic soundtrack on their eighth album as they balance misanthropic lyrics with breezy, danceable synth-rock.

May 08, 2024
Jessica Pratt, “Here in the Pitch”

The LA-based indie-folk songwriter’s ghostly yet elegant fourth album is all smoke and light work—like the best noirs of the ’40s and ’50s if they were filmed in the druggy late-’60s.

May 06, 2024
Dua Lipa, “Radical Optimism”

The pop star’s soaring vocals are overshadowed by scattershot and overengineered production on her third album, as her team of songwriters’ styles clash more often than they mesh.

May 06, 2024
Iron & Wine: Trees Bearing the Fruit

In addition to capturing some behind-the-scenes moments from rehearsals for their upcoming tour, we connected with Sam Beam and a few members of his current backing band to discuss how Light Verse, his first album in seven years, came together.

April 29, 2024
Maggie Rogers, “Don’t Forget Me”

Sounding like a streamlined debut, the alt-pop songwriter’s third album propels the impact of her melodies by sanding down the electronic stylings and returning to her folk roots.

April 10, 2024
Vampire Weekend, “Only God Was Above Us”

The indie rockers’ fifth album unfurls like a middle-aged plot twist, occasionally finding its balance between the band’s jammy origins and more recent experimental art-pop leanings.

April 04, 2024
Ariana Grande, “eternal sunshine”

Partially inspired by the film of the same name, the pop icon’s seventh album sees her perfecting familiar musical territory while attempting to wipe all the pain away.

March 11, 2024
Real Estate, “Daniel”

The Brooklyn-based outfit’s sixth album brims with pretty jangle-pop melodies, though their familiar indie-surf sound lacks in experimentation.

February 22, 2024
The Smile, “Wall of Eyes”

Possessing a more live and ramshackle sound than their debut, the Radiohead offshoot’s latest experiment is firmly ensconced within the aesthetic fields of In Rainbows and A Moon Shaped Pool.

January 25, 2024
Katy Kirby, “Blue Raspberry”

The Brooklyn-based songwriter continues her penchant for strong turns of phrase in the storied tradition of Americana music on her emotionally taut sophomore effort.

January 24, 2024
The Killers, “Rebel Diamonds”

Collecting 20 songs from 20 years of the alt-rockers’ storied career, this compilation is a serviceable greatest-hits effort meant to elicit nostalgia without bringing anything new to the table.

December 11, 2023
Guided by Voices, “Nowhere to Go but Up”

Robert Pollard’s project’s surprisingly hi-fi 39th album shows its current lineup holding a torch for no-frills indie rock with no punches pulled.

November 22, 2023
Juliana Hatfield, “Juliana Hatfield Sings ELO”

On her third covers LP since 2018, the alt-rock songwriter takes on Jeff Lynne’s symphonic rock hits and deep cuts with a locked-down style that’s less theatrical than even her own recordings.

November 16, 2023
Sufjan Stevens, “Javelin”

Dipping into both the chamber-folk balladry of his early career and his later electronic experimentation, Stevens’ 10th LP is a whispered statement that yells its intentions into the void.

October 09, 2023
Wilco, “Cousin”

For their 13th album, the longrunning alt-country group leans their mid-tempo rock melodies through Cate Le Bon’s layered production approach.

September 27, 2023
Grandaddy, “Sumday: Excess Baggage”

This new collection of B-sides from the Modesto group’s 2003 LP reexamines the prophetic promise of the crumbling computer age that the original album showcased so well.

August 23, 2023
Joni Mitchell, “At Newport”

Recorded last summer at the annual event in Rhode Island, the Canadian-American songwriting icon’s first live set in two decades showcases her infectious performance personality.

July 27, 2023
Lindstrøm, “Everyone Else Is a Stranger”

The Norwegian producer’s sixth album finds him jettisoning his slow-orbit jams of the past for propulsive beats and a lighter production mix.

July 12, 2023
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