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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“The Elephant 6 Recording Co.” Is an Intriguing Documentary but a Better Historical Document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
Porridge Radio, “Waterslide, Diving Board, Ladder to the Sky”

Tempering hope but resisting despair, the Brighton quartet’s second album sounds far more nuanced and organic without losing any of the urgency.

May 23, 2022
In Conversation
Kevin Morby Explores the Power of Images on “This Is a Photograph”

We talked to Morby about his latest solo album, recording in Memphis, and the mysteries of photography.

May 12, 2022
The Districts, “Great American Painting”

The latest from the Philly-based group is an album rife with strength and conviction even in its most vulnerable and honest moments.

March 28, 2022
supernowhere, Skinless Takes a Flight

Like a math-rock inspired Beach House, the Seattle-based group create a vibe so pervasive it transcends vibes-inherent triviality.

March 03, 2022
Hurray for the Riff Raff, Life on Earth

Alynda Segarra expands in seemingly every direction at once on Life on Earth, working in the new while retaining the old.

February 18, 2022
Big Thief, Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe in You

The ambitious folk-rock group achieves a fully-assured sound at an epic scale by letting Adrianne Lenker’s songwriting talent flow unrestrained.

February 15, 2022

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In Conversation
Cate Le Bon on Chasing Curiosity and Spontaneity on Pompeii

The Welsh songwriter details the process of putting together her sixth album, which arrives this week.

January 31, 2022
Songs: Ohia, “Songs: Ohia” [25th Anniversary Edition]

This is Jason Molina at his most uncut and unadorned, less an album than a found-audio recording.

November 18, 2021
In Conversation
In Conversation: Courtney Barnett on the Quiet Contentment of “Things Take Time, Take Time”

The Australian songwriter discusses covering new ground while remaining entirely singular on her third solo album.

November 10, 2021
Hovvdy, “True Love”

Their latest LP finds the duo peeling back the layers of their previous work until they arrive at the essential center.

October 13, 2021
Ada Lea, “one hand on the steering wheel the other sewing a garden”

Lea gives each song its own sonic identity, taking what could become monotony and creating anything but.

October 06, 2021
In Conversation
In Conversation: illuminati hotties’ Sarah Tudzin Climbs to Her Peak on “Let Me Do One More”

The LA-based songwriter discusses brevity, tenderpunk, and her new label home.

September 29, 2021
Grizzly Bear, “Yellow House” (15th Anniversary Reissue)

The 2006 LP gives us a snapshot of a band working through the kinks, establishing a framework for an impressive future catalogue.

September 21, 2021
In Conversation
In Conversation: José González on the Intentional Directness of “Local Valley”

The Swedish-Argentinean songwriter’s fourth album removes the veneer, contemplates the contradictions in our nature, and embraces all our messiest vestiges and claws.

September 14, 2021
In Conversation
In Conversation: Jelani Aryeh on His Cohesive, Guitar-Driven Vision for “I’ve Got Some Living to Do”

Aryeh discusses the overnight success of “Stella Brown,” how the track shaped his vision for the new album, and the ways in which he creates his own scene.

July 28, 2021
Lightning Bug, “A Color of the Sky”

The dream pop group’s third album finds beauty in quiet and noise, the natural and the otherworldly, change and acceptance.

July 15, 2021
A Luscious Mix of Words and Tricks: The Shins’ “Oh, Inverted World” at 20

Revisiting one of the most unlikely hit records of the early 2000s.

June 22, 2021
On the Young Adult Sorrow and Undeniable Bops of Fountains of Wayne’s “Welcome Interstate Managers”

With 2003’s “Stacy’s Mom”–toting LP getting a Real Gone Music reissue, we revisit the power-pop group’s uncool and understated third release.

June 01, 2021
In Conversation
In Conversation: Current Joys’ Nick Rattigan Explores Memory, Place, and Time on “Voyager”

Rattigan discusses his most collaborative solo album yet, as well as the catharsis of defeating his own personal Pennywise the Clown.

May 12, 2021
Dinosaur Jr., “Sweep It Into Space”

Their 12th record tries to reach a singular vision, but it’s hard not to hear the many voices attempting to roar as one.

April 28, 2021
Esther Rose, “How Many Times”

“How Many Times” is pristine—you half expect the record to come with 3 fingers of bourbon and a cool summer breeze.

March 31, 2021
In Conversation
In Conversation: Tune-Yards Continue to Expand Their Perspective on “sketchy.”

Merrill Garbus on the uncomfortable conversations and creative choices that characterize the band’s fifth album.

March 23, 2021
Cloud Nothings, “The Shadow I Remember”

The band’s 7th LP is a wily repurposing of former selves while, at the same, whittling away what no longer fits.

March 03, 2021
Arlo Parks, “Collapsed in Sunbeams”

The London songwriter is able to achieve a collision of cool and gut-wrenching that is all her own. 

January 29, 2021
Lande Hekt, “Going to Hell”

The Muncie Girls songwriter finds much more fertile ground in the internal on her solo debut.

January 21, 2021
Shamir, “Shamir”

This self-titled LP is a record of hits, misses, and left-field bangers—but it’s Shamir’s and Shamir’s only. 

October 07, 2020

Alicia Bognanno’s third LP benefits from a newfound willingness to let go.

September 09, 2020
Fontaines D.C., “A Hero’s Death”

The band pick at every scab they’ve developed during their arduous last twelve months.

August 10, 2020
Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, “Reunions”

Isbell’s seventh album works best when it exists in the vagaries, where the lines of fact and fiction mix.

May 28, 2020
Car Seat Headrest, “Making a Door Less Open”

“MaDLO” is full of holes, but wholly unique. 

May 08, 2020
Hamilton Leithauser, “The Loves of Your Life”

“Loves” sees a veteran artist sauntering along his creative borders with glee.

April 13, 2020