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Damien Jurado, “Reggae Film Star”

The songwriter’s 18th LP is a haunted concept album that brings to life the tired hearts, souls, and minds of characters based in a distant, perhaps parallel, past.

June 24, 2022
Track by Track
Petrol Girls Take Us Through Their Fiery New LP “Baby” Track by Track

The Austrian political-punk four-piece’s unfortunately timely third record is out now via Hassle Records.

June 24, 2022
First Listen
The Flatliners Dig Deep Into Anxiety in the Video for New Single “Souvenir”

The Ontario punks’ sixth full-length New Ruin is out August 5 via Fat Wreck Records.

June 21, 2022
Joyce Manor on Continuing to Create Constellations of Time, Space, and Experience

Barry Johnson talks blending past and present on 40 oz. to Fresno, and how curiosity continues to fuel the West Coast pop-punk outfit.

June 14, 2022
Reviews
All Get Out, “Kodak”

The band’s fourth full-length is a powerful homage to the good, the bad, and the stasis of smalltown America.

June 10, 2022
Reviews
Andrew Bird, “Inside Problems”

Bird’s 13th full-length is a delirious journey into a world that’s both recognizable and exaggerated, half-real and half-fictional.

June 07, 2022
Reviews
Angel Olsen, “Big Time”

For her sixth full-length, Olsen has erected a country-tinged shield around the heart of her songs which often makes them feel more like pastiche than a sincere effort at conveying her usual heartfelt emotion.

June 06, 2022
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Dehd, “Blue Skies”

The 13 songs on the Chicago trio’s fourth album conjure up memories of the kind of childhood you see in movies, the kind of love that you’ve dreamed of forever but never had.

May 31, 2022
Reviews
Kayleigh Goldsworthy, “Learning to Be Happy”

The Philly-based songwriter’s latest solo release is a deeply personal, revealing, and vulnerable collection of songs that sounds like hearts breaking for eternity.

May 25, 2022
Track by Track
Bottled Up Walk Us Through Their Post-Genre Opus “Grand Bizarre” Track by Track

The D.C. group’s new album is out this Friday via Misra Records.

May 25, 2022
Reviews
SPICE, “Viv”

Far from embracing the abrasive nature of the punk and hardcore scenes its members come from, the 10 songs on this sophomore LP lean heavily into what could almost be described as pop.

May 24, 2022
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Joe Rainey, “Niineta”

The debut LP from the Red Lake Ojibwe Pow Wow singer is comprised of 10 songs that bristle with beautiful tension and a deep, dark, wordless poetry.

May 20, 2022
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Cliffdiver, “Exercise Your Demons”

The first proper album from the punk seven-piece thrives with a sense of wild abandon and sheer joy at being alive.

May 04, 2022
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Spiritualized, “Everything Was Beautiful”

This ninth full-length offers a contemporary yet simultaneously anachronistic soundtrack to a world that’s become even more fucked in the four years since its prequel was released.

April 21, 2022
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Tim Kasher, “Middling Age”

The urgency and intention and raw, ragged truth that usually defines the Cursive frontman’s work is often lost within his latest solo LP’s arrangements.

April 15, 2022
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Proper., “The Great American Novel”

For this Bartees Strange–produced third record, the emo trio explore how Black genius often goes ignored.

April 05, 2022
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Desaparecidos, “Live at Shea Stadium”

This 2015 performance from Conor Oberst’s punk band pays less attention to being in tune than it does to turning the rage of the songs into tangible energy.

April 01, 2022
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Placebo, “Never Let Me Go”

The duo’s first full-length in almost nine years recaptures the glory of their earlier days more than the path of slight self-parody they had occasionally veered into since.

March 25, 2022
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Good Grief, “Shake Your Faith”

While there are slivers of Superchunk, early R.E.M., The Lemonheads, and Hüsker Dü here, the Liverpool punks’ debut also shimmers with its own distinct personality.

March 21, 2022
Jawbreaker on Survival, Reconciling with the Past, and the Legacy of “Dear You”

We caught up with Blake Schwarzenbach ahead of the punk trio’s belated 25-year anniversary tour for their last record, which kicks off tonight.

March 18, 2022
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Hot Water Music, “Feel the Void”

This tenth studio album from the Gainesville punks is a positive and triumphant dance in the face of trauma.

March 18, 2022
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Shout Out Louds, “House”

The Stockholm-based band’s sixth full-length draws you deeply into the warm memories that serve as its foundation.

March 09, 2022
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Zeal & Ardor, “Zeal & Ardor”

This third album of black metal incorporating African-American spirituals steps further into the future while reasserting the gruesome events of the past.

March 08, 2022
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Rolo Tomassi, Where Myth Becomes Memory

The balance between light and dark is both more pronounced and more nuanced than ever before on the British metal band’s sixth album.

February 04, 2022
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R.E.M., “New Adventures in Hi-Fi” [25th Anniversary Edition]

The addition of live recordings, B-sides, and covers from the era provide great context for this album, adding to its dark, gritty atmosphere.

November 01, 2021
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We Were Promised Jetpacks, “Enjoy the View”

The group’s 5th LP tones down the dark, nervous energy that was previously at the core of their identity.

September 23, 2021
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Low, “HEY WHAT”

The duo’s 13th full-length often sounds less like a collection of songs than a manifestation of the frequency of existence.

September 22, 2021
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Thrice, “Horizons/East”

This 11th studio album isn’t as cohesive as some of the band’s previous efforts, but it shows they’re still evolving.

September 20, 2021
In Conversation
In Conversation: The Bots on Bringing the Past Into the Present on “2 Seater”

Mikaiah Lei discusses the new perspective that influenced his sophomore album that was seven years in the making.

September 08, 2021
Reviews
Pet Symmetry, “Future Suits”

Beneath the facepalm titles on the band’s third full-length lie songs full of heart, purpose, and meaning.

August 13, 2021
In Conversation
Mountain Time Unveils Part 3 of Their “The Story of Saint Francis, Zookeeper” Video Series

Chris Simpson also talks the past, present, and future of the band in a Q&A about his accompanying vinyl reissue project.

August 13, 2021
Reviews
Bleachers, “Take the Sadness Out of Saturday Night”

The third full-length from Jack Antonoff feels devoid of heart and soul, fizzling and fading forgettably into the background.

August 02, 2021
Reviews
Alexis Marshall, “House of Lull . House of When”

The Daughters vocalist’s solo debut captures the collapse of society over the course of a tormented, uneven 9 tracks.

July 22, 2021
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Karen Black, “Dreaming of You (1971-1976)”

The posthumous debut from the New Hollywood actress is an album of ghosts and haunted hearts.

July 19, 2021
Reviews
A Place to Bury Strangers, “Hologram”

There’s still darkness present on the noise rock band’s latest EP, but it’s more of a shadow than an abyss.

July 14, 2021
Art & Culture
Brett Newski Shares a Glimpse Into His New Book of Sketches “It’s Hard to Be a Person”

The songwriter’s new collection of drawings is a practical, humorous, and irreverent guide to overcoming his (and, by extension, our) anxieties and depression.

June 22, 2021
Reviews
Various Artists, “Dark Nights: Death Metal Soundtrack”

While often an uneven mess of sound, there are some real gems to be found on this DC Comics compilation.

June 18, 2021
Reviews
Jim Ward, “Daggers”

The debut LP from the At the Drive-In co-founder tussles with indie-pop and boisterous stadium rock.

June 18, 2021
Reviews
The Bruce Lee Band, “Division in the Heartland”

The ska-punk collective finds itself as boisterous, relevant, and energetic as ever before on their new EP.

June 01, 2021
Lord Huron’s Ben Schneider Walks Us Through His Artwork for “Long Lost”

The songwriter/visual artist discusses 11 pieces that tie into the fictional Whispering Pines universe.

June 01, 2021
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Juliana Hatfield, “Blood”

Hatfield’s 17th collection of original solo material is a fever dream entirely of the indie legend’s own creation.

May 19, 2021
Reviews
Weezer, “Van Weezer”

While this homage to hard rock isn’t a return to the great heights the band has scaled in the past, it’s also far removed from the valleys they’ve trudged through.

May 12, 2021
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Big Mother Gig, “Gusto”

There’s a loose recklessness to these classic alt-rock melodies that convey being stuck in a rut—but also the determination to get out of it.

May 10, 2021
Reviews
Gojira, “Fortitude”

The French prog metal collective’s seventh album is a tornado of blastbeats, guttural growls, and devilish incantations.

May 07, 2021
Susan Embraces the Patheticness of Love on New Single “Hold Still”

In a Q&A, the London-based artist shared their thoughts on the classical new single, transness, and the duality of identity.

April 30, 2021
Reviews
Skullcrusher, “Storm in Summer”

Helen Ballentine’s sophomore EP is just as resplendent and poignant as that first release.

April 23, 2021
Reviews
Flock of Dimes, “Head of Roses”

On the outfit’s second LP, Jenn Wasner refrains from giving in entirely to obvious melodies and instrumentation.

April 22, 2021
Feeling Spaced: 25 Years of Modest Mouse’s “This Is a Long Drive for Someone with Nothing to Think About”

A quarter of a decade on, the band’s debut remains a worthy companion for both aimless road trips and personal crossroads.

April 16, 2021
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Corvair, “Corvair”

This self-titled debut draws on the members’ vast pool of experience, as well as the chemistry of their intertwined personal lives.

April 13, 2021
Reviews
The Clean, “Mister Pop” [vinyl reissue]

This 2009 LP is a reinforcement of The Clean’s rightful place in the pantheon of quirky alternative rock.

March 25, 2021
In Conversation
In Conversation: Ben Howard on the Unlikely Tales of “Collections From the Whiteout”

The songwriter discusses his new Aaron Dessner–produced LP and the unreal times that inspired it.

March 24, 2021
Reviews
Chad VanGaalen, “World’s Most Stressed Out Gardener”

VanGaalen’s seventh proper studio album is pure nourishment for the soul—the sound of nature taking over again.

March 22, 2021
Reviews
Future Teens, “Deliberately Alive”

The bummer-pop quartet’s latest is an EP of feelings, memories, regrets and hope of actively seeking the elixir for life’s hardships.

March 12, 2021
In Conversation
In Conversation: Frank Watkinson on Cheering Viewers Up with Sad Songs

The viral YouTube covers artist humbly discusses his unexpected rise to online stardom.

March 11, 2021
Reviews
Mogwai, “As the Love Continues”

While the amusement value of the track list is high, the music lags behind at times.

February 19, 2021
Reviews
God Is an Astronaut, “Ghost Tapes #10”

This is the sound of a band burrowing deep into the heart of its genre, ripping it apart and reviving.

February 16, 2021
The Drives’ “The Comedown” Offers a Little Optimism Even as It Acknowledges the Hurt

The LA rockers kick off 2021 with an upbeat—though emotionally complex—single.

January 29, 2021
Reviews
Speed Stick, “Volume One”

The debut from the avant-garde supergroup demonstrates the power of collaboration, but struggles with cohesion and emotional drive.

January 22, 2021
Reviews
The Dirty Nil, “Fuck Art”

The Canadian punks’ pugnacious third LP is also their most tender and nuanced release yet.

January 15, 2021
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Emma Ruth Rundle & Thou, “The Helm of Sorrow”

The doomy pair share more mournful explosions of existential tragedy and aggressive solemnity that transcend genre.

January 15, 2021
Reviews
The Kills, “Little Bastards”

This B-sides comp demonstrates the one-dimensionality at the heart of the rock duo’s two-decade career.

December 15, 2020
Reviews
The Coathangers, “The Coathangers” (Deluxe Edition)

The Atlanta garage rockers’ debut is the sound of four women who don’t give a damn for convention or perception.

December 11, 2020
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The War on Drugs, “Live Drugs”

The songs on the group’s first live album sound more lush and textured than they do on their recorded counterparts.

November 30, 2020
Reviews
Soul Glo, “Songs to Yeet at the Sun”

At under 12 minutes, the Philly hardcore band all punch hard while documenting what it’s like to be a Black band in a white scene.

November 09, 2020
Reviews
Jeremiah Sand, “Lift It Down”

The “Mandy” tie-in record convincingly blurs the line between truth and fiction with songs that, on their own merits, are actually pretty cool.

November 05, 2020
Reviews
Jónsi, “Shiver”

While its experimental attitude should be applauded, “Shiver” is at its best when Jonsí tiptoes across familiar ground.

October 16, 2020
Reviews
Osees, “Protean Threat”

These 13 tracks are as oddball and incohesive as should be expected from the California band.

September 18, 2020
Stream Overo and Asthenia’s New Split 7-Inch

In lieu of their planned Japanese tour, Houston’s Overo and Tokyo’s Asthenia share four new songs.

September 14, 2020
Reviews
Throwing Muses, “Sun Racket”

“Sun Racket” finds frontwoman Kristin Hersh on her trademark fine and fiery form.

September 14, 2020
Old Kerry McKee Embraces His Project’s Chaotic Old-Timey Energy in “Cattle and Wolves” Video

The new video from the Swedish blues/death-metal musician feels perfectly on-brand.

September 09, 2020
In Conversation
In Conversation: Bright Eyes Persevere on “Down in the Weeds, Where the World Once Was”

Conor Oberst, Mike Mogis, and Nate Walcott discuss how picking up where they left off in 2011 has been a source of comfort for them.

August 19, 2020
Reviews
Jason Molina, “Eight Gates”

There’s a real sense of dread and foreboding in the posthumous record’s dark sinews.

August 10, 2020
In Conversation
In Conversation: Joe Casey Discusses Protomartyr’s Latest Attempt at a “Happy” Album

The Detroit post-punk group’s fifth album “Ultimate Success Today” is out this Friday.

July 14, 2020
Reviews
No Age, “Goons Be Gone”

The LA duo’s fifth record is full of weird and unexpected twists and turns.

July 10, 2020
Reviews
Built to Spill, “Plays the Songs of Daniel Johnston”

The sheer scope of Johnston’s talent shines brightly on Built to Spill’s album-length homage.

June 12, 2020
PREMIERE: Plasma Canvas Revisit 2 a.m. Phone Calls on “Saturn”

The Fort Collins punks share the latest single from their forthcoming EP “KILLERMAJESTIC.”

May 27, 2020
Reviews
Woods, “Strange to Explain”

“Strange to Explain” is a confused swirl of hope, wonder, and melancholy.

May 20, 2020
In Conversation: Brian Fallon Wants to Recharge You with “Local Honey”

The ex-Gaslight Anthem frontman on leaving his label, therapy, and what Bruce Springsteen told him about writing political songs.

March 26, 2020
Phantogram Go Back to the Beginning on “Ceremony”

Sarah Barthel and Josh Carter discuss their move to LA, new album, and longtime bond.

March 12, 2020
In Conversation: Refused’s Dennis Lyxzén Is Still Writing War Music

Lyxzén discusses the politics of the Swedish post-hardcore band’s second new album since 1998’s classic Shape of Punk to Come.

October 15, 2019

by Pedro Margherito

The New Era of Boogarins

The Brazilian psychedelic band discusses “Soumbrou Dúvida” and the benefits of working with a professional engineer.

May 15, 2019
Events
The New Colossus Festival Isn’t Interested in Your Big Headliners

A new Lower East Side music fest is looking to do what CMJ (R.I.P.) and SXSW used to—focus on up-and-coming bands.

March 20, 2019
Panda Bear’s Noah Lennox Hopes New Record “Buoys” Can Be “An Antidote to the Poison”

The Animal Collective co-founder discusses the evolution of his songwriting and the significance of ocean buoys.

February 06, 2019
At Home with Spiritualized, an Orchestra of One

Jason Pierce considered having the bedroom-recorded “And Nothing Hurt” be the last Spiritualized album—and even though it might not be, it still sounds like quite the finale.

November 13, 2018
Reviews
Pixies, “Come On Pilgrim… It’s Surfer Rosa”

Both their debut EP and LP—now repackaged together—sound as fresh, inspired, and inventive as they did three decades ago.

October 08, 2018
Reviews
Speedy Ortiz, “Twerp Verse”

The band deliberately favor Pavement-inspired oddness in an attempt to introduce some levity.

May 04, 2018
Reviews
Sting & Shaggy, “44/876”

A heartfelt tribute to both Jamaica and Caribbean music that’s much better than it has any right to be—but cool, it is not.

April 27, 2018
Reviews
Superchunk, “What a Time to Be Alive”

Superchunk’s “What a Time to Be Alive” combines the irreverent with the thoughtful, and the jittery, chaotic melodies reflect a nervous wreck of a world.

February 28, 2018
Reviews
No Age, “Snares Like a Haircut”

No Age’s “Snares Like a Haircut” is a record that offers some kind of solace while also invoking the unnerving and disquieting times we live in.

January 25, 2018
Reviews
First Aid Kit, “Ruins”

While “Ruins” doesn’t quite beat out First Aid Kit’s debut album, it’s certainly the sisters’ best record since. 

January 23, 2018
Film + TV
Stop Breaking Down: How the Jawbreaker Documentary Defied the Odds

“Don’t Break Down” looked like a movie that might never see the light of day. And then the Jawbreaker reunion happened.

January 04, 2018

Jawbreaker at Riot Fest / photo by Brigid Gallagher

What Men or Gods Are These: Jawbreaker Returns

More than twenty years after a bitter dissolution, the modern punk legends have rejoined. Here, members of the Jawbreaker scene and story recount the saga and impact of one of the heaviest—and most literary—bands ever.

January 03, 2018
Reviews
Neil Young + Promise of the Real, “The Visitor”

Shakey’s response to Trump is one that the USA desperately needs.

December 08, 2017
Reviews
Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, “Soul of a Woman”

“Soul of a Woman” is full of light and hope, serving as a testament to the beauty of life—and love and friendship and all that good stuff we get to experience in our short time on this planet.

November 22, 2017
Reviews
Wolf Parade, “Cry Cry Cry”

The Montreal quartet are back with a truly triumphant return.

October 06, 2017
Art & Culture
In Conversation: Joan Cornellà Is a Reasonable Person

The Spanish artist known for his deranged—but brightly colored!—comics talks police brutality, Facebook, and traveling in the US.

July 17, 2017

photo by Joe Dilworth

In Conversation
In Conversation: Algiers Expose “The Underside of Power”

Class warfare, civil rights, Donald Trump: That’s not the whole story.

June 26, 2017
Reviews
Can, “The Singles”

An exhilarating journey into one of contemporary music’s most inventive and eccentric bands.

June 13, 2017
Reviews
Rancid, “Trouble Maker”

While “Trouble Maker” is far from a political record, its songs certainly exist within the fragile framework of America in 2017.

June 09, 2017