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‘Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not’: Arctic Monkeys and the Death of a Subculture

Arctic Monkeys' Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not was released ten years ago, almost to the day this piece was written, but…
Sean Stanley / January 22, 2016

‘Lazarus’ Lays to Rest: A Look at David Bowie’s Theatrical Finale

A large portion of the crowd waiting in line outside the New York Theater Workshop last Saturday to see Lazarus held bouquets of corner-market flowers.
Connor O'Brien / January 21, 2016

Kevin Gates: The Day They Make Me a Boss

It’s a couple of days after New Years and Kevin Gates and I are on the seventh floor of the Beverly Center mall in Los…
Drew Millard / January 21, 2016

iSHi: The Classically Trained Producer Bridging EDM and Hip-Hop

In May of last year, Swedish beat collagist iSHi released a short black-and-white film with his mixtape Spring Pieces. The 13-minute clip’s surreal vignettes burst…
Harley Brown / January 20, 2016

Why ‘Take It Easy’ Was Glenn Frey’s Best Eagles Song

Even as an Eagles fan, I could never muster too much of a defense for Glenn Frey. My preferred Eagles brand is Don Henley's (soulful,…
Andrew Unterberger / January 19, 2016

David Bowie: You Walked Into My Life Out of My Dreams

For the kids from the '70s disappointed by the purported normalization of David Bowie in the '80s, take a look at this poster. When it went…
Alfred Soto / January 11, 2016

St. Lucia Embrace Collaboration on New Album ‘Matter’

Brooklyn's St. Lucia specialize in synth-pop anthems so effortlessly danceable it's hard to imagine frontman Jean-Philip Grobler struggling with his inner demons to write them, but that's exactly what happened when…
Nathan Diller / January 8, 2016

Q&A: Naked Raygun’s Jeff Pezzati on New Album, Dave Grohl’s Fandom, and ‘Caustic’ Steve Albini

In the 1980s, Naked Raygun were at the forefront of Chicago's burgeoning punk scene, mixing politically charged melodies and a post-hardcore racket. Their devotees include local…
Dan Reilly / January 8, 2016

Berning for You: If Nothing Else, Bernie Sanders Has Won Over Williamsburg

Music and politics have a mutually beneficial — albeit occasionally uneasy — relationship. For every artist that has pushed back against a Presidential candidate, just as many have…
Rachel Brodsky / January 7, 2016

Baroness Rides Again

Three years ago, the national breakout of Savannah, Georgia’s most ambitious metal quartet was interrupted by a horrible bus accident that threatened to leave the…
Andrew Unterberger / January 7, 2016

Hinds: The Crimson and Clover Girl Gang

Whether seeing Hinds live, or listening to their debut album, Leave Me Alone (out January 8 on Mom + Pop), one question always comes to mind:…
Andrew Unterberger / January 7, 2016

Into It. Over It. Go Full Analog for New Album ‘Standards’

"He doesn’t know anything about the E-word... which is great." The E-word — yes, "emo" — may well be the "it" in Evan…
Dan Weiss / January 7, 2016

R.I.P. the Unsinkable Lemmy of Motörhead, 1945-2015

"Who'd win in a wrestling match, Lemmy or God?"  Few metal frontmen are iconic enough to be known by only one name. But…
Andrew Unterberger / December 29, 2015

Q&A: RAC on His Brand-New Song, ‘Magic Hour,’ and First Grammy Nomination

RAC, also known as newly Grammy-nominated producer André Allen Anjos, is finishing up a big year. After releasing his debut original…
James Grebey / December 23, 2015

Drake Is 2015’s Artist of the Year

As Jay Z did in 2001 — though under wildly different circumstances — Drake used the highest-profile beef of his career as a springboard to…
Andrew Unterberger / December 22, 2015

Tinashe Knows How Dope She Is

It’s 4 p.m. on a Tuesday in the middle of November, and Tinashe is curled up, fast asleep, on the couch in the Upper East…
Brennan Carley / December 22, 2015

Long Beard: Assertive and Quietly Introspective Singer-Songwriter

In a dimly lit performance space at In the West — a recording studio and performing space nestled in a warehouse in New Brunswick, New…
Meilyn Huq / December 21, 2015

Deafheaven Are 2015’s Band of the Year

I really wish Deafheaven would have destroyed the Beverly. It would've been a defeat for the development that's sucking the life out of music locales…
Andy O'Connor / December 21, 2015

Future Is 2015’s Rapper of the Year

Dirty Sprite 2 to me will always signal the first Friday I remember new music being released. There was a slow period in the summer…
Matthew Ramirez / December 18, 2015

Bleached Ditch the Surfboards on ‘Super-Confident’ New Album

Earlier this year, when the time came to write their sophomore album, Bleached sisters Jen and Jessie Clavin, along with bassist Micayla Grace, cut themselves…
Rachel Brodsky / December 16, 2015
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