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In Conversation
Redefining Classic Rock with Built to Spill

Doug Martsch discusses keeping it fresh after 30 years, his reflective ninth album When the Wind Forgets Your Name, and a quarantine love for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

September 12, 2022
In Conversation
Hot Chip on Celebrating the Noisy Outer Limits of Dance-Pop with “Freakout/Release”

Joe Goddard discusses evolving the spectacle of their recorded output and refining their craft on the band’s eighth studio album.

August 18, 2022
Reviews
Danny Elfman, “Bigger. Messier.”

This remixed odds and ends collection is longer, denser, more disorderly, and less refined than the composer’s solo effort from last year.

August 11, 2022
Reviews
Panda Bear & Sonic Boom, “Reset”

These colorful, multilayered songs flow from Noah Lennox and Pete Kember as they avoid the prickliness of other pandemic releases.

August 10, 2022
Reviews
Jack White, “Entering Heaven Alive”

On his second album in less than four months, White leans into his softer side, oftentimes overshadowed by his blistering electric guitar solos.

July 20, 2022
Reviews
Black Midi, “Hellfire”

The London trio’s third album is full of hallucinogenic scenes where jazz, prog, electronic, and punk pretzel around each other until it looks like one musical gordian knot.

July 13, 2022
In Conversation
Zola Jesus Talks Reckoning with a Malevolent Society on “Arkhon”

Nika Roza Danilova also discusses getting to know herself in a new way through her latest collection of gothic songs.

July 06, 2022
Reviews
Martin Courtney, “Magic Sign”

The Real Estate vocalist’s second solo LP can coast by in one moment before jolting you back to bygone days with a sharp turn of phrase or instrumental U-turn.

June 23, 2022
Reviews
Bartees Strange, “Farm to Table”

On his intimate sophomore effort, Strange is thankfully still not settling into one particular style as he soundtracks self-examinations on pained familial histories.

June 17, 2022
Reviews
Lykke Li, “EYEYE”

By ramping down the production value, the Swedish songwriter puts a strict focus on the small, captured moments, akin to studying a lover’s face for context clues.

May 19, 2022
Reviews
Arcade Fire, “WE”

This sixth album often finds a veteran band charging atop vigorous, surging melodies and not being afraid to just lean into the groove again.

May 18, 2022
Reviews
Girlpool, “Forgiveness”

The duo’s fourth LP is a multitude of things at one time, and that’s both its downfall and its triumph.

May 03, 2022
Reviews
Frog Eyes, “The Bees”

Varying in length, tone, and setting, these 10 tracks sound like a new era for both Carey Mercer’s singing and his backing trio that have pushed him along.

April 27, 2022
Reviews
Destroyer, “LABYRINTHITIS”

Dan Bejar’s emotionally rumpled pandemic album wanders through a diverse set of genres, requiring the listener to look at it from all angles.

March 24, 2022
Reviews
Deafheaven, “Infinite Granite”

The metal experimentalists work ’90s alt rock and ambient space-rock experimentation into the mix on their fifth LP.

August 18, 2021
Reviews
The Flaming Lips, “The Soft Bulletin Companion”

The odd experiments, melodic dead ends, and other outtakes on this compilation are geared toward diehard fans of the monumental 1999 album.

July 21, 2021
Reviews
Clairo, “Sling”

Claire Cottrill’s sophomore effort is a strong footfall out of the music industry quicksand and a way to wash the past and online naysayers away.

July 16, 2021
Reviews
Kings of Convenience, “Peace or Love”

There’s nothing too shocking on the duo’s first album in a decade, and there are still plenty of cozy vibes.

June 29, 2021
Reviews
Sufjan Stevens, “Convocations”

This 49-track space odyssey is a precarious and complicated release, like a a laugh escaping the mouth of someone too tired of weeping.

May 06, 2021
Reviews
Teenage Fanclub, “Endless Arcade”

The group’s 11th album is an agreeable, yet predictable, verse-chorus rock album with plenty of pop accoutrements.

April 27, 2021
Reviews
The Antlers, “Green to Gold”

The Brooklyn trio’s sixth LP is an elegant metamorphosis for a group that seemed crystallized within its mid-’00s indie-rock styles.

March 23, 2021
In Conversation
In Conversation: The Hold Steady’s Craig Finn and Franz Nicolay on Rock Music for Endless Days

Finn and Nicolay talk reveling in the six-piece setup, their passion for live residencies, and 8th album “Open Door Policy.”

February 17, 2021
Reviews
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, “New Fragility”

“New Fragility” builds up a better framework for CYHSY as an Alec Ounsworth solo project.

February 09, 2021
Reviews
The Weather Station, “Ignorance”

The latest, truly masterful statement from Tamara Lindeman blooms beyond her Americana roots.

February 02, 2021
Reviews
The Smashing Pumpkins, “CYR”

Much of the Pumpkins’ overstuffed 11th album is merely a faded approximation of ’90s rock.

December 10, 2020
Reviews
Calexico, “Seasonal Shift”

The constant theme on Calexico’s new holiday album is friends and family celebrating the good times.

December 09, 2020
Reviews
Future Islands, “As Long As You Are”

The group’s sixth album is a long exhale after the excited breathing and bare-chested songcraft heard on their last three records.

October 26, 2020
Reviews
Sufjan Stevens, “The Ascension”

“The Ascension” is an unrelenting release that asks a lot of its listeners, but it gives back plenty as well.

September 22, 2020
Reviews
The Killers, “Imploding the Mirage”

The band’s sixth album sounds like a bigger, hi-fidelity bite of the “Sam’s Town” apple.

August 20, 2020
Reviews
Soccer Mommy, “Soccer Mommy & Friends Singles Series”

Sophie Allison follows up “color theory” with a compilation featuring Jay Som, SASAMI, and more.

July 08, 2020
Reviews
Norah Jones, “Pick Me Up Off the Floor”

The piano is the torch guiding Jones through the darkness on her eighth solo album.

June 15, 2020
Reviews
Moses Sumney, “græ”

Sumney brings shards of art rock, R&B, classical, electronic, jazz, and soul into one beautiful piece of musical kintsugi.

May 13, 2020
Reviews
Thundercat, “It Is What It Is”

Thundercat continues to alchemize his inimitable style as a honeyed singer, whipsmart producer, and lithe bassist.

March 31, 2020
You Do It To Yourself: Radiohead’s “The Bends” at 25 Years

A track-by-track ranking of the album that made me realize it was OK to be anxious.

March 12, 2020
Reviews
TORRES, “Silver Tongue”

Mackenzie Scott has always been a sharp and economical lyricist with a variety of personas at her disposal.

January 28, 2020
Film + TV
“Knives Out” Collaborators Rian and Nathan Johnson on Powering a Modern Whodunit

The cousins discuss inverting genre tropes, their first embarrassing movie, and the evergreen influence of “Columbo.”

December 02, 2019

William Tyler // Modern Country

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William Tyler, “Modern Country”

The Nashville guitarist continues his streak as an accomplished folk storyteller with or without words.

June 08, 2016
Reviews
Various Artists, “Wayfaring Strangers: Cosmic American Music” (Numero Group)

The Numero Group focuses its lens on the pivotal country music made between 1969 and 1980, when many smaller musicians were directly inspired by Gram Parsons and The Flying Burrito Brothers.

March 29, 2016

2016. La Sera, “Music for Listening to Music to”

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La Sera, “Music for Listening to Music To”

This isn’t Music Appreciation 101.

March 04, 2016

2015. Wild Nothing, “Life of Pause” album art

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Wild Nothing, “Life of Pause”

Jack Tatum leans further into the synth-pop landscape than ever before on his third album as Wild Nothing, “Life of Pause.”

February 16, 2016

2016. Field Music Commontime cover hi-res

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Field Music, “Commontime”

On “Commontime,” the brothers Brewis double down on this concept by settling into a few more, well, common time signatures alongside their usual pop-funk trappings.

February 09, 2016

2016. Shearwater Jet Plane and Oxbow cover hi-res

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Shearwater, “Jet Plane and Oxbow”

“Jet Plane and Oxbow”’s fist-raising peaks are sadly rare, but the craft of the production is still worthy of admiration.

January 19, 2016

2016. PCPC, “Ramsgate”

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PCPC, “Ramsgate”

In the fall of 2014, Parquet Courts announced a tour with fellow New York band PC Worship under the nondescript stage name PCPC.

January 15, 2016

2015. Mark Kozelek and Nicolas Pauls Dreams of Childhood cover hi-res

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Mark Kozelek & Nicolás Pauls, “Dreams of Childhood”

The result is “Dreams of Childhood,” a charity spoken-word album whose proceeds go to La Casa de la Cultura de la Calle (The Street House of Culture).

November 11, 2015

2015. Deerhunter, “Fading Frontier”

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Deerhunter, “Fading Frontier”

Welcome back, Bradford. Long live, Deerhunter!

October 15, 2015

2015. Julia Holter Have You In My Wilderness hi-res

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Julia Holter, “Have You in My Wilderness”

With “Have You in My Wilderness,” Holter’s musical worlds continue to engross.

October 08, 2015

2015. Beirut No No No cover high resolution

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Beirut, “No No No”

The group’s previous calling cards—swelling brass or the romantic swoop of an orchestra’s strings—are only seldom heard throughout “No No No.”

September 09, 2015

La Luz // photo by Andrew Imanaka

Breaking: La Luz

Shana Cleveland, leader of the Seattle surf-rock band, talks about being inspired by the emotional riptides of life.

August 26, 2015

Deradoorian 2015 The Expanding Flower Planet cover high res

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Deradoorian, “The Expanding Flower Planet”

“The Expanding Flower Planet” is a sun-dappled, cosmic exploration of moods that succeeds, not in spite of, but partially because of its obfuscated nature.

August 17, 2015

2015.Ezra Furman Perpetual Motion People cover

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Ezra Furman, “Perpetual Motion People”

Each of Ezra Furman’s solo releases is a ball of condensed energy that explodes several times over before the final song is done.

July 23, 2015

Tame Impala Currents cover 2015

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Tame Impala, “Currents”

The band’s third album, “Currents,” is spacey, intricately layered, and soulful.

July 13, 2015

2005 Black Mountain self-titled reissue cover

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Black Mountain, “Black Mountain” (10th Anniversary Deluxe Edition)

The real draw is, and will always be, “Black Mountain”’s original eight tracks, which still stand up to scrutiny a decade later.

July 06, 2015
Reviews
No Joy, “More Faithful”

No Joy has injected just enough ferocious punk and hallucinatory melodicism into “More Faithful” to leave listeners drenched in sound and wanting more.

June 11, 2015

2015. Nick Diamonds City of Quartz cover art

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Nick Diamonds, “City of Quartz”

Throughout his time fronting the cult indie-pop bands The Unicorns and Islands, Nick Thorburn has showcased a strong penchant for melody across multiple disparate genres.

May 26, 2015

Tallest Man on Earth. Dark Bird is Home cover.

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The Tallest Man on Earth, “Dark Bird Is Home”

Kristian Matsson’s fourth album as The Tallest Man on Earth, “Dark Bird Is Home,” is a release full of growth for himself and a test of his capable backing band.

May 15, 2015

2015. Alabama Shakes, “Sound & Color”

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Alabama Shakes, “Sound & Color”

“Sound & Color” once again showcases the stomping power of Howard and her band, but the LP can be an uneven listen at times.

April 23, 2015

Waxahatchee, “Ivy Tripp”

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Waxahatchee, “Ivy Tripp”

Paired with brutally honest lyrics, Crutchfield is the voice of brute force mixed with instability on “Ivy Tripp”—like a person taking a long, hard look into a mirror and smashing a fist into it.

April 08, 2015

2015. Courtney Barnett, “Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit” album art

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Courtney Barnett, “Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit”

With “Sometimes I Sit,” Barnett sidesteps any quaint expectations and delivers a true debut album that can surprise listeners with its depth and universality.

March 24, 2015

2015. Laura Marling, “Short Movie”

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Laura Marling, “Short Movie”

After a move to Los Angeles and personal explorations into poetry writing and film, Marling’s new music feels more electric and cinematic.

March 23, 2015

2015. Tobias Jesso Jr. “Goon” album art

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Tobias Jesso, Jr., “Goon”

Jesso may proudly wear his influences, but he possesses a candor not usually heard from other indie artists.

March 16, 2015

2015. Screaming Females, “Rose Mountain” cover

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Screaming Females, “Rose Mountain”

New Brunswick, New Jersey’s Screaming Females have blazed a post-punk trail for nine years and their latest record, “Rose Mountain,” attests that the band has no intentions to cease their gripping punk odyssey.

February 25, 2015

2015. Father John Misty, “I Love You, Honeybear”

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Father John Misty, “I Love You, Honeybear”

From the soulful gospel of “When You’re Smiling and Astride Me” to the cherubic synth-pop of “True Affection,” this kaleidoscope of a release is brimming with ideas both batty and inspired.

February 09, 2015
Reviews
Jessica Pratt, “On Your Own Love Again”

Karen Dalton, Linda Perhacs, and Nico are often mentioned in the same breath as Jessica Pratt. Although those artists were touchstones for listeners trying to describe her first release, this new set of recordings sees her traveling further down her own special kind of rabbit hole.

January 27, 2015

2015. The Decemberists, “What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World” album art

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The Decemberists, “What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World”

The Decemberists’ seventh album What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World sees the Portland folkies beginning to rebuild after hitting reset on their prog-rock dalliances with 2011’s decidedly rootsy The King Is Dead.

January 21, 2015

2014. Run the Jewels, “RTJ2”

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Run the Jewels, “RTJ2”

Killer Mike and El-P are rappers that go together like cereal and milk. The veteran firebrands thankfully show no sign of stopping any time soon.

October 28, 2014

Jessie Ware, “Tough Love” cover, 2014.

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Jessie Ware, “Tough Love”

Ware crafts very urbane pop music using very modern electronic and dance sensibilities as the backbone.

October 13, 2014

2014. The Rosebuds, “Sand + Silence” album art

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The Rosebuds, “Sand + Silence”

The thirteen-year career of indie-pop duo The Rosebuds was established on the romantic relationship between Kelly Crisp and Ivan Howard, who began the group in the midst of courting, wed at the zenith of their career, and kept limping along after a messy divorce.

August 05, 2014

2014. Bear In Heaven, “Time Is Over One Day Old” album art.

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Bear in Heaven, “Time Is Over One Day Old”

Brooklyn-via-Alabama trio Bear in Heaven continue to melt down their prog and electro sensibilities into a white-hot core for their fourth album Time Is Over One Day Old. The verve of the group’s 2009 breakthrough release Beast Rest Forth Mouth even returns to some extent.

August 05, 2014

2014 Sia “1000 Forms of Fear” album art

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Sia, “1000 Forms of Fear”

Australian pop marvel Sia Furler wrote some of the biggest songs of the past five years, including Beyoncé’s “Pretty Hurts” and Rihanna’s “Diamonds,” but she continues to kick against all preconceived celebrity notions on her sixth album, 1000 Forms of Fear.

July 08, 2014