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Strand of Oaks May Go Broke, But He Still Believes in Rock ‘n’ Roll

Tim Showalter is about ten days out from the release of Hard Love, Strand of Oaks’ fifth album, and it seems like the last thing…
Ian Cohen / February 17, 2017

Cloud Nothings’ Dylan Baldi on His Optimistic New Album: “I Don’t Feel Like I’ve Wasted My Life Anymore”

In Cloud Nothings’ earliest days, Dylan Baldi essentially shared songwriting credits with Cleveland, Ohio, whose prevailing reputation—see "The Mistake on the Lake," Major League, Hot…
Ian Cohen / January 25, 2017

In 2016, Emo Entered Another Green World

Bands who were already uncomfortable with "emo" were branded with an even more derogatory term in 2016: "hippies." Modern Baseball grew their hair long; Evan…
Ian Cohen / December 19, 2016

Review: Joyce Manor’s Vital Pop-Punk Enters Adulthood on Cody

Frontman Barry Johnson is not tired of talking about the most distinct line on Joyce Manor’s addictive new album, Cody, a record packed…
Ian Cohen / October 6, 2016

Touché Amoré Rise Above With New Album ‘Stage Four’ and Julien Baker Duet ‘Skyscraper’

Touché Amoré’s music and their fanbase can be described in almost the exact same terms: fierce, blistering, intense, and, above all, hardcore. Since their incendiary…
Ian Cohen / August 16, 2016

The Hotelier Find Love In a Hopeless Place

It’s a love record. I feel like we are allowed to do that now. A new Hotelier album has always been accompanied by…
Ian Cohen / March 22, 2016

The Roots, ‘undun’ (Def Jam)

Does anyone still consider the Roots to be harbingers of a kinder, gentler, more approachable iteration of hip-hop? Because ever since 2004's The Tipping Point…
Ian Cohen / December 6, 2011

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., ‘It’s a Corporate World’ (Quite Scientific)

"It's a corporate world / I'm a corporation cutting back," sings Joshua Epstein on the zippy title track of this duo's debut, and it's not…
Ian Cohen / June 7, 2011

Micachu & the Shapes and the London Sinfonietta, ‘Chopped & Screwed’ (Rough Trade)

Chopped & Screwed isn't Micachu & the Shapes' official follow-up to 2009's Jewellery, but it does feel like the next logical step. While their debut…
Ian Cohen / March 28, 2011

Fujiya & Miyagi, ‘Ventriloquizzing’ (Yep Roc)

What's the difference between "conceptual" and "gimmicky"? On 2006's Transparent Things, this British group were cheeky assimilators, combining a Can-like percussive pulse and deadpan vocals…
Ian Cohen / January 25, 2011

Tapes ‘n Tapes, ‘Outside’ (Ibid)

Tapes 'n Tapes' more polished yet underwhelming second album, 2008's Walk It Off, made the Minneapolis group a "live by the blog, die by the…
Ian Cohen / January 11, 2011

Women, ‘Public Strain’ (Jagjaguawr)

Women aren't a metal band; just one whose frigid, clattering lo-fi guitar racket sounds like it was composed on metal. The fidelity hasn't improved much…
Ian Cohen / November 3, 2010

Badly Drawn Boy, ‘It’s What I’m Thinking Pt.1 — Photographing Snowflakes’ (The End)

Damon Gough's seventh album tacitly acknowledges the artistically lost decade that the English singer-songwriter has endured since his shambolic, charming debut, The Hour of Bewilderbeest…
Ian Cohen / October 29, 2010

Twin Shadow, ‘Forget’ (Terrible)

A pitch-perfect rendering of New Romanticism is probably not the sort of thing you'd expect from a vanity label run by Grizzly Bear's Chris Taylor.
Ian Cohen / September 28, 2010