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In Conversation: Deftones’ Chino Moreno Has Finally Achieved Balance

In a year that’s gone off the rails, “Ohms” proves the alt-metal rockers’ ultimate act of resistance.

September 28, 2020
Art & Culture
Is Everything Awesome? A Philosophical Inquiry with Nick Riggle

The author and philosopher (and former professional inline skater) tells us what it is to be awesome, and how to live with the power of awesomeness inside you. 

April 03, 2018
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Miguel and Pussy Riot Party at the Brink

In the post-Trump world, everyone has an obligation to be political. But that doesn’t mean that we still don’t want to dance. Miguel and Nadya Tolokonnikova are figuring out how to do both.

October 24, 2017
RIP: Tom Petty (1950–2017)

The quintessential rock-and-roller died Monday at the age of sixty-six.

October 02, 2017
PREMIERE: Caspian Cull Super-8 Archives in “Sad Heart of Mine” Video

From 2015’s “Dust and Disquiet.”

September 29, 2017
The Myrrors, “Hasta La Victoria”

Like Jonny Greenwood and Shye Ben Tzur’s “Junun,” this is music that uses rhythm and repetition—and strategic departures from both—as ways of generating and shaping power; it is a suggestion of community.

August 11, 2017
POW!: Twelve Albums That Influenced “Check Your Head”

Great record collectors make great records. Uh, sometimes.

June 16, 2017
Oasis: FORM Arcosanti Offers Streams in the Desert

Hundred Waters and Moses Sumney’s fourth-annual gathering reimagines what a music festival can be.

May 17, 2017


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A New Day Dawning: How “Check Your Head” Invented the Beastie Boys

Their audience didn’t understand them. Their label didn’t want to talk to them. Not to worry: For the Beastie Boys, it was a brand-new morning.

April 19, 2017
PREMIERE: Conner Youngblood Takes us to School in a Reykjavik Classroom

The confessional Nashville experimentalist delivers a pair of standouts from last year’s The Generation of Lift EP on a gray Icelandic morning.

February 15, 2017
Art & Culture
Bitte, Baby: Riot LA and Comedy in the Age of Trump

Comedy—and particularly political comedy—only reinforces our bubbles. So what?

January 25, 2017

Tinariwen / photo by Marie Planeille

PREMIERE: Tinariwen Sing Songs of Freedom for the Women of the Sahara in “Assàwt”

The Tuareg guitar masters return with “Elwan” on February 10.

January 23, 2017
PREMIERE: Forget What You’ve Heard, Chicano Batman Says “Freedom is Free”

“Throughout our history the state has presented the rationale that freedom is not free…. This song is an anti-thesis to that ideological fallacy.”

January 18, 2017

NE-HI / photo by Bryan Allen Lamb

PREMIERE: Spirits Are High in the Video for NE-HI’s “Offers”

The Chicago quartet head out of the garage in search of whatever comes next.

January 16, 2017
Staff Picks
Dig for Fire: 25 Upcoming Albums More People Should Be Talking About

From québécois kraut-funk to the return of two of indie rock’s most celebrated sidemen, these are the unsung albums we’re most excited for this year.

January 12, 2017

photo by Stevan Alcala

PREMIERE: Hard Proof Bridge Western Rock and Sub-Saharan Funk in “Stinger”

The Austin ten-piece get an assist from the production work of Chris “Frenchie” Smith.

January 10, 2017

Futurebirds / photo by Anthony Pidgeon

PREMIERE: Futurebirds Take on Vic Chesnutt’s “Dodge” for Pickathon’s Slab Sessions

The latest from the Oregon festival’s 2016–2017 season.

January 06, 2017

The Silver Lake Chorus / photo by Lehua Noelle

PREMIERE: The Silver Lake Chorus Greet “Sister Winter” in New Video

The LA group take on Sufjan Stevens’s frosty classic.

December 19, 2016

photo by Christophe Pastel

PREMIERE: South Africa’s Portable Gets Lost in the City, Finds Refuge in the Andes in “Closer” Video

The African electronica auteur’s semi-self-titled album Alan Abrahams dropped in August.

December 13, 2016

photo by Brian Pritchard

PREMIERE: Tim Cohen Feels More Ambivalent About “Meat Is Murder” Than It First Appears

The Fresh & Onlys frontman is releasing “Luck Man” on January 27.

December 12, 2016

Dizzyride / photo by Angus Borsos

PREMIERE: Dizzyride Take You to the Hills of Armenia in “Soundtrack” Video

“To hell with passports, let’s all be free.”

December 09, 2016
PREMIERE: Aidan Knight Goes Deep in “What Light (Never Goes Dim)” Video

Dive! Dive! Dive!

December 05, 2016

photo by Nehemiah Sliwoski

PREMIERE: Myke Bogan Invites You to “Take the Night Off” at Pickathon’s Slab Sessions

Trust us, you should do what the man says.

December 02, 2016

LONDON, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 21: Joe Corre, son of Vivienne Westwood and Malcolm McLaren, burns a God Save The Queen T-Shirt at Buckingham Palace on November 21, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Ki Price/Getty Images)

Pissed, Destroy, Etc.: On Joe Corré’s Sex Pistols Pyre and the “Death” of Punk

The son of Malcom McLaren and Vivienne Westwood is more indebted to the forces he claims to detest than he might realize.

November 28, 2016
A Tribe Called Quest, “We Got It From Here… Thank You 4 Your Service”

A Tribe Called Quest’s first album in eighteen years—and last album ever—is as urgent as “Atrocity Exhibition” and as easygoing as “The Low End Theory.”

November 23, 2016
PREMIERE: Lou Barlow Stares into “The Breeze” in New Video

From the good-timin’ “Apocalypse Fetish” EP.

November 22, 2016

NEW YORK, NY – February 19, 2016 – Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings perform at Madison Square Garden in an opening set for Daryl Hall and John Oates.

RIP: Sharon Jones (1956–2016)

The Queen of Funk.

November 19, 2016

Joan of Arc / photo by Shervin Lainez

PREMIERE: Joan of Arc Return with “Stranged That Egg Yolk” Video, First Q&A Since Reforming

From January’s “He’s Got the Whole This Land is Your Land in His Hands.”

November 17, 2016
PREMIERE: Horse Thief Seek “Another Youth” in New Video

The OKC thunderers will release “Trials and Truth” on January 27.

November 16, 2016
PREMIERE: Soft-rockers PREP Want to Know “Who’s Got You Singing Again” in New Video

The group’s debut EP, “Futures,” is out now via B3SCI.

November 15, 2016

photo by Johannes Haslinger

PREMIERE: Rayon (The Notwist’s Markus Acher) Goes Soft-Focus Satie in “Kona” Video

Taken from “A Beat of Silence,” which dropped last Friday.

November 14, 2016

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM – SEPTEMBER 08: Leonard Cohen performs on stage at Wembley Arena on September 8, 2012 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Gus Stewart/Redferns via Getty Images)

RIP: Leonard Cohen (1934–2016)

He was our man.

November 10, 2016

Road in Iceland / photo by Justin Kaine

Art & CultureEvents
At the Edges of the Edge of the World: Is Icelandic Music Over?

We set off in search of a new Icelandic sound

November 08, 2016
PREMIERE: Thao & the Get Down Stay Down Are Ready for “Departure” in Pickathon Slab Session

Get down in Oregon, stay down in Oregon.

November 04, 2016

Mike Watt in 1995 / photo by Kevin Mazur

PREMIERE: In 1995, Mike Watt, Eddie Vedder, and Dave Grohl Advised Chicago Alt-Rockers to Take Cover “Against the ’70s”

Taken from Watt’s forthcoming live album, “‘ring spiel’ tour ’95.”

October 25, 2016

Run The Jewels / Coachella 2015 Weekend 1, Day 2 / photo by Max Sweeney

Run the Jewels Have Bad Jokes with Serious Implications in New Single “Talk to Me”

“I might ghost ride a tank, take a ride to the bank” isn’t even among the top-five-best lines in the politically driven first take from “Run the Jewels 3.”

October 24, 2016

UMO / photo by Neil Krug

PREMIERE: Unknown Mortal Orchestra Perform “Multi-Love” on “Live at 9:30”

Direct from The 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C.

October 24, 2016
PREMIERE: Honus Honus Wants to Introduce You to “Vampires in the Valley”

Come along and ride on a fantastic voyage with the Man Man frontman.

October 20, 2016

Girl Tears / photo by Danny Romansky

PREMIERE: Girl Tears Go on a Tear in “Panic Attack”

Got a minute?

October 18, 2016
Art & Culture
Under The Influence: Jonathan Lethem

The author of “Motherless Brooklyn” and “The Fortress of Solitude” on the inspiration behind his new novel, “A Gambler’s Anatomy.”

October 17, 2016

True Widow / photo by Stephanie Hageman

PREMIERE: The Meditative Metal of True Widow’s “FWTS:LTM” Gets an Equally Aching Video

The Dallas “stonegaze” trio released their latest album “AVVOLGERE” via Relapse last month.

October 13, 2016

Model/Actriz / photo by Peter Tomka

PREMIERE: Model/Actriz Get Physical in Video for Visceral “3/3”

The Boston threesome bring new meaning to the term “power trio.”

October 12, 2016

Navy Gangs / photo by Kyla Rae Polanco

PREMIERE: Fight Your Post-Debate Malaise with Navy Gangs’s “Mondays” Video

From the New York-via-Omaha group’s self-titled EP.

October 10, 2016
PREMIERE: New Madrid Serve Up a Psychedelic Burger in the “Not Up to Me” 360º Video

From the band’s latest album, April’s “MAGNETKINGMAGNETQUEEN.”

October 07, 2016
PREMIERE: Real Numbers Are Here to Give You a Jingle-Jangle Morning with their “Wordless Wonder” LP

Four dudes from Minneapolis are ready to step into the spotlight.

October 06, 2016
PLAYLIST: With Help From Steely Dan, Parliament, and John Cale, Savoy Motel Take ’er Easy

The Nashville post-punks share the influences behind their self-titled debut.

October 05, 2016

Elohim / photo by Chase O’Black

PREMIERE: Elohim Serenades You with Mariachi Version of “Hallucinating”

The LA-based electro-pop artist flexes her versatility.

October 04, 2016

photo by Suzanne Cordeiro

WATCH: Live Stream the First Weekend of ACL Fest, the Best Little Festival in Texas

Crack a few Lone Stars and tune in live.

September 29, 2016
PREMIERE: According to The Olympians, “Apollo’s Mood” is Kinda Funky, Kinda Chill

The dude with the world on his shoulders is taking it pretty easy.

September 28, 2016

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PLAYLIST: Justin Peter Kinkel-Schuster Has a Set of Short Stories for You

The Oxford, Mississippi singer-songwriter shares the tracks that inspired his new literary new album, “Constant Stranger.”

September 26, 2016
PREMIERE: Aan Turn Things Around Thanks to a “Hollywood Buyout” from Former UMO Drummer

Dada Distractions, produced by former Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s Riley Geare, is out November 18.

September 20, 2016
PREMIERE: Justin Peter Kinkel-Schuster Communes with “The Dirt, The Bells, and I” in Perfectly Constructed Folk Single

The Water Liars singer steps out on his own.

September 19, 2016
PREMIERE: And Now, A Special Message for the Far-Right from The Peep Tempel

“In Tony’s little factories of misguided pride, entitled greed / Blunt skulled foreman ring their bell, parading with their fear to sell.”

September 15, 2016

Trails and Ways / photo by Ginger Fierstein

PREMIERE: Trails and Ways Make Change Appealing Again in “Get Loud”

The Oakland duo will release their new LP, Own It, on October 7.

September 13, 2016

Living / photo by Simen Peder Aksnes Aarli

PREMIERE: Living Links Brazilian Grooves with Norwegian Pop on “Risen” Single

The Brazilian-cum-Bergenser returns with a new single ahead of an October EP.

September 12, 2016
Art & Culture
Andrew Bird and Natalie Morales Team Up to Fight Gun Violence with Moving Short Film

Plus Bird will be donating a portion of his ticket sales to Everytown for Gun Safety.

September 08, 2016

Black Marble / photo by Joseph Jagos

PREMIERE: Black Marble’s “Frisk” Slides By With a Very Light Touch

Imagine finding a synthy cassette on the hot dash of an old Pontiac.

September 08, 2016

Fresh Snow / photo by Gwendolyn Giovanni

PREMIERE: Toronto Krautrockers Fresh Snow Take You Through the “Three-Way Mirror”

From their new album, “ONE.”

September 07, 2016

Slow Mass / credit unknown

PREMIERE: Slow Mass Are Here to Help You Return to the Grind with the “Treasure Pain” EP

You get hardcore to wake you up and you get experimentation to keep you engaged.

September 06, 2016

Nick Waterhouse

PREMIERE: Nick Waterhouse Wants to Blow the Doors off the “Old Place” in New Video

“Never Twice” is out September 30 via Innovative Leisure.

September 02, 2016

Criminal Hygiene / photo by Miriam Brummel

PREMIERE: Criminal Hygiene Are the Smartest Punks in the Room in “Dangers of Convenience”

The LA band are on the road with Bleached right now.

September 01, 2016
PREMIERE: The Notwist Announce First Live Album, Share “Pick Up the Phone” from “Neon Golden”

“Superheroes, Ghostvillains, + Stuff” is out October 14 via Sub Pop.

August 31, 2016

Nathan Bowles / photo by Brad Bunyea

PLAYLIST: Let Nathan Bowles Take You on a Performative Peregrination

The journeyman instrumentalist who’s played with Steve Gunn and The Black Twig Pickers shares the songs that influenced his new album, “Whole & Cloven.”

August 30, 2016

THE BELL SYSTEM FAMILY THEATRE — “The Trouble with People” — Pictured: Gene Wilder as Ernie in “The Office Sharers” — (Photo by: Art Selby & Al Levine/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

Film + TV
RIP: Gene Wilder (1933–2016)

The legend of dry, soulful comedy passed away this morning at his home in Connecticut.

August 29, 2016

John Doe / photo by Jim Herrington

PREMIERE: John Doe Goofs Off at the Landing Strip in Video for Debbie Harry–Assisted “Go Baby Go”

From the LA punk legend’s April LP “The Westerner.”

August 29, 2016
PREMIERE: Chimurenga Renaissance Stare Down Fear in “Peace Always Has a Price” Video

The joint project of Shabazz Palaces’s Tendai Maraire and Hussein Kalonji gets a powerful visual.

August 26, 2016

Gabriella Cohen / photo by Kain Balzary

PREMIERE: Despite What She Says, Gabriella Cohen Sounds Very Much Alive in “I Don’t Feel So Alive”

The Australian singer-songwriter’s solo debut is being re-released in the US by Dot Dash/Captured Tracks on October 14.

August 24, 2016

NEW YORK, NY – JUNE 29: Sergio Dias and Os Mutantes performs during Celebrate Brooklyn! with Os Mutantes, Javelin, Janka Nabay and The Bubu Gang at Prospect Park on June 29, 2013 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Al Pereira/WireImage)

Art & CultureIn Conversation
In Conversation: Sérgio Dias of Os Mutantes Talks the Olympics, Brazilian Politics

The titan of Tropicália and psych rock has a few thoughts on the state of his home country.

August 23, 2016

Thor & Friends / photo by Conor Q. Walker

PREMIERE: Thor Harris (Swans, Shearwater) Makes His Ominous Debut with “Lullaby for Klaus”

“Thor & Friends,” Harris’s solo debut, will be released on October 7.

August 22, 2016
Frank Ocean Releases Official “Channel ORANGE” Followup

Say hello to “Blond.”

August 20, 2016
Frank Ocean Releases New Album That Isn’t “Boys Don’t Cry” But is, We Repeat, a New Frank Ocean Album

And with a title that’s just a wee bit on the nose.

August 19, 2016

Gringo Star / photo by Vincen Monsaint

PREMIERE: Gringo Star Unify Sweet Georgia R&B and Sick Atlanta Indie Rock on “The Sides and In Between” LP

Bonus: they still sound nothing like The All-Starr Band.

August 18, 2016
Camp Out: Two Days and Two Nights at Eaux Claires

Head into the forest with photographer Daniel Cavazos for a closer look at Justin Vernon’s woodland celebration.

August 17, 2016

Ryley Walker / photo by Tom Sheehan

In Conversation
In Conversation: With a Sullen Mind (and Free WiFi) Ryley Walker Cares for You

The Chicago folk-jazz guitarist talks the ups and downs of touring and how the city of Chicago influenced his new record, “Golden Sings That Have Been Sung.”

August 16, 2016

Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes / no credit

PREMIERE: Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes’s Self-Titled LP is Here to Wear You Out

The Austin noise trio make their full-length debut this Friday via Super Secret Records.

August 16, 2016

Cool Ghouls / photo by Arvel Hernandez

PREMIERE: Cool Ghouls Act Cool on “Animal Races” LP

Gimme that rock and roll music.

August 15, 2016

The Warlocks / photo by Steven Olmos

PREMIERE: The Warlocks Are Good Dogs in the Video for “Lonesome Bulldog”

The psych stalwarts’s seventh album, “Songs From the Pale Eclipse,” is out September 2 via Cleopatra Records.

August 12, 2016

Teddybears / no credit

PREMIERE: Teddybears Want to Drag You Through the Wormhole, But It’s “The Best You Ever Had”

The Swedish trio go bananas on their new single, and the video does its best to keep up.

August 11, 2016

Fearless, a Netflix original docu-series, follows a group of professional bull riders at the top of their sport. It premieres on Netflix on August 19, 2016. Pictured: “Kaique Pacheco”
(Alberto Gonzaga/Netflix)

Art & CultureFilm + TV
Netflix Reveals the Surprisingly Complex World of Professional Bull Riding in “Fearless”

The six-episode documentary series premieres August 19.

August 10, 2016

Oldermost / photo by Jeremy Zimmerman

PREMIERE: Philly Roots Group Oldermost Deny Wanting “Honey With Tea”

The quartet are the latest in the suddenly long line of hazy, phased-out Philadelphia folk groups.

August 09, 2016
PREMIERE: The Shacks Rough Up Your Doo-Wop But Stay Sweet in “Strange Boy” Video

The duo’s debut EP drops October 7.

August 08, 2016
PREMIERE: Ritual Howls Commit “Spirit Murder” on New Single

The Detroit darkwave trio’s third album, “Into the Water,” is out next week on felte.

August 04, 2016

Big Search “Can’t Understand the News”

PREMIERE: Big Search Embark Upon Just That in “Can’t Understand the News” Video

The former member of Foreign Born and The Cave-Ins goes it alone.

August 03, 2016
LIVE, IN PHOTOS: Lollapalooza Days Three and Four (7/30–31/2016)

And exhale.

August 02, 2016

Little Freddie King at Pickathon / photo by Bill Purcell

PREMIERE: Little Freddie King Struts Through “The Chicken Dance” in Pickathon’s Galaxy Barn

It’s the series finale of the Oregon festival’s spring season.

August 02, 2016

photo by James Richards IV

LIVE, IN PHOTOS: Lollapalooza 2016 Days One and Two (7/28–29/2016)

Feast your eyes!

August 01, 2016

Health&Beauty // photo by Julia Dratel

PREMIERE: Health&Beauty Declare the RNC, Power Games “No Scare”

Ryley Walker’s Primrose Green band flexes their own muscles.

July 28, 2016

Jim Cummings in “Thunder Road”

Film + TV
Watch the Perfectly Constructed, Springsteen-Blessed Sundance Short Film Winner “Thunder Road”

Jim Cummings’s twelve-minute film is a masterpiece of characterization.

July 26, 2016
PREMIERE: The Channels Gawk at Their Own Rage in “Pill” Video

Boston’s finest.

July 25, 2016

Phantogram “You Don’t Get Me High Anymore” clip

Phantogram, Marilyn Manson, and the Horror of What Happens in the Daylight

Sometimes the light is scarier than the darkness.

July 22, 2016

Oh Pep! // photo by Michael Conlon

PREMIERE: Oh Pep! are Late for the Train in “Bushwick” Video

“Now I’m waving my hands in the middle of the road, and the cars won’t stop, no they won’t even slow.”

July 22, 2016

Royal Canoe / photo by Jaclyn Campanaro

PREMIERE: “Living a Lie” Makes Royal Canoe Nauseated and Dizzy in New Single

Organs, drums, and sax—get dizzy!

July 21, 2016

Drugdealer / photo by Joseph McMurray

Meet Drugdealer in the Weyes Blood–Featuring Video for “Suddenly”

Michael Collins’s debut drops September 9 on Domino imprint Weird World.

July 20, 2016

Charles Davis of Sun Ra’s Arkestra at Pitchfork Music Festival / photo by James Richards IV

Lift Off: Pitchfork Fest Gets Jazzy and Transcendent

Sun Ra’s Arkestra formed the spiritual center of the eleventh edition of the Chicago music festival.

July 18, 2016

Sims / no credit

PREMIERE: Sims is Returning Later This Year, and He’s Sent “Triple Sixes” to Warn You

Consider this your harbinger of doom.

July 14, 2016

Sean Su | seansufashion.com

EventsStaff Picks
5 Under-the-Radar Acts to Catch at Pitchfork Fest This Weekend

Because you’re gonna catch Sufjan either way.

July 14, 2016

Wrigley Field photo courtesy of the Chicago Cubs

Art & Culture
Drinks With the Chicago Cubs: Five Cocktails Straight from Wrigley to Your Home

For those who can’t make it to Wrigley during this momentous season, that doesn’t mean you can’t get a taste of what’s being served there.

July 08, 2016

Wages / photo by Miranda Maynard

PREMIERE: Wages Invert the Indie Arena Anthem on “Gotta”

Everyone stay calm!

July 06, 2016

Juniore / no credit

PREMIERE: Juniore Start Exotique, Get Heady in “Mon Autre” Video

From the French group’s self-titled collection, out now on Burger.

June 29, 2016