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Hurray for the Riff Raff, “The Past Is Still Alive”

There’s a comfort to Alynda Segarra’s eighth album which, with the help of a dream team of collaborators, feels like a deep exhale hardly present throughout their varied prior discography.

February 22, 2024
Runnner, “Starsdust”

Noah Weinman’s instrumental reworking of his last LP is an exercise in creative constraint, making it both frustrating and understandable to find it not quite transcend its status as experimental oddity.

January 31, 2024
Marika Hackman, “Big Sigh”

The UK-based songwriter’s latest album casts a shadow of danger, sadness, and self-loathing over the brash, queer sexiness of its 2019 predecessor.

January 11, 2024
Film + TVFilm Review
“Self Reliance” Went for It—Though Maybe It Shouldn’t Have

Jake Johnson’s directorial debut may be a bold, entertaining spectacle, but it never quite coalesces into anything worth remembering.

January 05, 2024
Car Seat Headrest, “Faces From the Masquerade”

Recorded in March of 2022 at Brooklyn Steel, this live album goes a long way in expressing both the charms and limitations of Will Toledo’s bedroom-pop project over a decade since its inception.

December 14, 2023
Iron & Wine, “Who Can See Forever Soundtrack”

Sam Beam’s career-spanning live album serves as an antidote to passive engagement as it has a way of putting into focus just how much we’ve been overlooking the songwriter’s genius.

November 15, 2023
In Conversation
Wild Nothing on Finding Space to Grown with “Hold”

Jack Tatum discusses how past, present, and future intertwine on his pop-influenced fifth album under the moniker.

October 23, 2023
Squirrel Flower, “Tomorrow’s Fire”

With the help of a killer team of collaborators, Ella Williams constructs something close to an entire universe within her third LP’s brief 34-minute runtime.

October 17, 2023
Deeper, “Careful!”

The post-punky four-piece’s third record and Sub Pop debut hurdles toward you at breakneck speed, clear mission in mind.

September 08, 2023
Buck Meek, “Haunted Mountain”

The third collection of solo recordings from Big Thief’s guitarist weaves the mystical and everyday while meticulously obscuring the reality of either.

August 24, 2023
Blake Mills, “Jelly Road”

A record of quiet contemplation and deceptive disorder, the virtuoso guitarist’s fourth solo album contains both all and none of what came before it.

July 13, 2023
In Conversation
Palehound on the Opposing Forces That Define “Eye on the Bat”

El Kempner discusses bringing a punky, live-band energy to their latest album—which is ironically also their most intimate.

July 12, 2023
In Conversation
Jason Isbell on Re-Writing the Past for What It Really Is on “Weathervanes”

The alt-country songwriter discusses how the comfort of experience—and the discomfort of honesty—shaped his latest LP with his outfit The 400 Unit.

June 06, 2023
Charlotte Cornfield, “Could Have Done Anything”

The further you dig into the Canadian songwriter’s newest collection of sunset-folk, the more you realize how hard it is to sound this casual—and how much of a joy it is to see an artist continue to come into their own.

May 19, 2023
Unburied in Time: Diving Into “The Collected Works of Neutral Milk Hotel”

Even when presented in one big, unwieldy mass of 54 songs, Jeff Mangum remains as beguiling as ever.

February 24, 2023
Film + TV
“The Elephant 6 Recording Co.” Is an Intriguing Documentary but a Better Historical Document

Finally, a film specifically for those of us who don’t regret our In the Aeroplane Over the Sea forearm tattoos.

November 17, 2022
In Conversation
Will Sheff on Striving for Contentment with “Nothing Special”

With his first post–Okkervil River solo LP out now, the songwriter digs into how the record was shaped by letting go of preconceptions.

October 11, 2022
Emily Yacina, “All the Things: A Decade of Songs”

The songwriter’s latest is a compilation of sorts attempting to wrangle with Yacina’s impressively deep catalog.

August 10, 2022
Florist, “Florist”

This self-titled LP is as close as an album can come to a kind of VR experience: alive, fluid, breathing in an artform that typically feels far more passive.

August 08, 2022
Momma Are Manifesting Rock-Stardom on “Household Name”

The Brooklyn-based duo discuss taking the time to chase the best version of their sound on their debut for Polyvinyl Records.

July 01, 2022
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