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Review: All Hail the King of P*ssy-Pop on the Weeknd’s ‘Beauty Behind the Madness’

“I’m the nigga with the hair / Singin’ ’bout/ Poppin’ pills/ F–kin’ bitches/ Livin’ life so trill.” So sings Abel Tesfaye, a.k.a. the dreadlock-pompadour’d, perpetually…
Harley Brown / August 28, 2015

Review: Willis Earl Beal Prepares for the Big Sleep on ‘Noctunes’

Since the release of 2013’s Nobody Knows., his last LP for XL subsidiary Hot Charity, Willis Earl Beal’s been through some s–t. The vagabond songwriter publicly…
Colin Joyce / August 27, 2015

Review: Beach House Foster Openhearted Ambiguity on ‘Depression Cherry’

Virtually every interview that’s been published about Beach House since their inception in 2004 has this moment of intense awkwardness, when Victoria Legrand and Alex…
Colin Joyce / August 25, 2015

Review: Yo La Tengo Are Set Adrift on Memory Bliss for ‘Stuff Like That There’

Lord knows Yo La Tengo is one of the world’s best cover bands. Who else has the chops to turn the Beach Boys’ “Little Honda,”…
Dan Weiss / August 25, 2015

Review: Advance Base Offers Realism in Soft Light on ‘Nephew in the Wild’

Owen Ashworth writes car songs. It’s not that the tinny keyboard-driven compositions he’s made over the past decade-plus sounds particularly great slapping out of factory seda…
Colin Joyce / August 24, 2015

Review: Destroyer Humanizes Times Square and Follows Your Rose on ‘Poison Season’

There seems to be some misunderstanding about how difficult Dan Bejar is to understand. A decade-plus worth of press clippings label the man “obtuse,”…
Marc Hogan / August 24, 2015

Review: Panda Bear Has Already Solved ‘Crosswords’ Before New EP

At this point, the amount of songs surrounding Panda Bear’s most recent album, this year’s Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper, outnumbers the album’s actual track list. Before the Animal Collective…
Harley Brown / August 21, 2015

Review: Carly Rae Jepsen Shrugs Off the Weight of the World on ‘E•MO•TION’

What the f—k does Justin Bieber’s manager know about critical acclaim? “This time we wanted to stop worrying about singles and focus on having a…
Dan Weiss / August 20, 2015

Review: Myrkur Is a Light in Black Metal’s Darkness on ‘M’

Danish black metal composer Amalie Bruun’s debut full-length as Myrkur, M, was recorded, in part, in a Norwegian mausoleum. She described the space as vast,…
Colin Joyce / August 20, 2015

Review: Deradoorian’s ‘The Expanding Flower Planet’ Needs Weeding

Anyone directly associated with art-rock monarchs Dirty Projectors can safely embark on a solo career with respectable name recognition (recall: prolific upright bassist Nat Baldwin, and, more recently,…
Rachel Brodsky / August 19, 2015
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