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Review: Pinegrove Redefine the Power of Being Uncool on ‘Cardinal’

In the mid-2000s, Pinegrove’s openhearted indie rock could have been huge.  Over the course of the Montclair, New Jersey quintet’s five years of existence, frontman…
Colin Joyce / February 8, 2016

Review: Eric Prydz Gives Progressive House the ‘Opus’ It Never Knew It Needed

It's been one of the more unusual evolutions in 21st-century dance to see Eric Prydz transform himself from the DJ behind blissfully cheesy chart-toppers (and…
Andrew Unterberger / February 1, 2016

Review: Kevin Gates Needs No Assists to Fuse His Yin and Yang on ‘Islah’

Way back on the intro to his 2012 mixtape Make ‘Em Believe, Kevin Gates boasted, "I got more than one major willing to sign me."
Renato Pagnani / January 25, 2016

Review: Roly Porter Savors, Then Smashes the Silence on ‘Third Law’

Roly Porter enjoys the silence. The London-based producer's favorite parts of unleashing the sub-bass as one half of U.K. dubstep duo Vex'd (alongside musical partner Jamie Teasdale) were…
Harley Brown / January 19, 2016

Review: Brothers Osborne Take Country to the ‘Pawn Shop,’ Leave With Something New

More than a quarter-century after Uncle Tupelo released the genre-defining No Depression, does the term "alt-country" still mean anything? If Brothers Osborne are to be…
Andrew Unterberger / January 11, 2016

Review: Baroness Rebound From Tragedy With a ‘Purple’ Haze

You’d name your albums after colors too, if you could paint like John Baizley, the RISD dropout who fronts Savannah psych-metal heroes Baroness and designs…
Dan Weiss / December 14, 2015

Review: Lizzo Is Primed for WRRRLD Domination on ‘Big GRRRL Small World’

Lizzo’s hardly the first artist whose personality is so big you can hear her struggling to corral it onto one album, much less one song.
Dan Weiss / December 7, 2015

Review: Erykah Badu Continues R&B’s Longtime Game of Telephone on ‘But You Caint Use My Phone’

In this pop moment of 17-38 squads, Gap Band pastiches, and Queen Adele looming on her throne, how bizarre that 2015’s runaway cultural convergence should…
Jason Gubbels / December 1, 2015

Review: SOPHIE Rebuilds Pop in His Own Mysterious Image on ‘PRODUCT’

Samuel Long earns the rarest of pop boasts: He doesn’t sound like anyone else. This isn’t lost on the once-anonymous, lowercase male who’s adopted the…
Dan Weiss / November 23, 2015

Review: Sadie Switchblade Is Rock’s Most Beautiful Loser on Dyke Drama’s ‘Tender Resignation’ EP

Sadie Switchblade, frontwoman of hardcore punks G.L.O.S.S., recently became mainstream-famous for an unfortunate reason, as her group was the recipient of a series of despicable,…
Andrew Unterberger / November 16, 2015

Review: DJ Paypal Makes Footwork Funny on ‘Sold Out’

Anonymity is often the basis for austerity — occluded features and ego removal as a mirror for reverb-obscured instrumentals and bombed-out soundscapes. Even Burial's revealed…
Colin Joyce / November 9, 2015

Review: Floating Points’ Symphony Reaches the Sublime on the Ethereal ‘Elaenia’

Floating Points' Sam Shepherd isn't one for hard left-turns in his loosely beat-tethered meditations on worldly music, but the London musician and producer does have a tendency to upend expectations.
Harley Brown / November 2, 2015

Review: Beach Slang Put Out an APB for the ‘People Who Feel Like Us’

"I try a lot to write / I try to use my brain / But every time I try, my heart gets in the way."
Andrew Unterberger / October 26, 2015

Review: Seinabo Sey Makes Empathy Thrilling on ‘Pretend’

"Younger," Seinabo Sey’s first track — both chronologically and where it appears on her debut album, Pretend — was released almost two years ago, but…
James Grebey / October 19, 2015

Review: Majical Cloudz Are Here for You on ‘Are You Alone?’

Devon Welsh has no interest in small talk. The Montreal-based songwriter, the bug-eyed and baritone half of art-pop duo Majical Cloudz, only seeks out sincere,…
Kyle McGovern / October 12, 2015

Review: Kelela Cuts Open Her Soul 4 Us on Lustrous ‘Hallucinogen’ EP

"I like the view from on top," Kelela taunts on the ghostly trap-noir track "Gomenasai" off of the new Hallucinogen EP, her voice floating higher until it disappears like…
Harley Brown / October 5, 2015

Review: Childbirth Gleefully Skewer Men’s Wrongs on ‘Women’s Rights’

"Feminists don’t have a sense of humor," smirked pianist-polymath and lifelong activist Nellie McKay on her 2009 song "Mother of Pearl," a line that her…
Dan Weiss / September 28, 2015

Review: Kurt Vile Levitates on the Desert-Warmed ‘b’lieve i’m goin down…’

"I could be one thousand miles away / But still mean what I say." That’s a line that many reviews of the latest Kurt Vile…
Kyle McGovern / September 21, 2015

Review: Ought Lean Into the Futility of Existence on ‘Sun Coming Down’

"It's a very astute observation, if I do say so myself." Even before he pats himself on the back on "On the Line (Ava Maria)," Tom…
Harley Brown / September 14, 2015

Review: La Misma Rebuild Hardcore Out of Scraps on ‘Kanizadi’

New York City hardcore act La Misma took their name with a wink. That minimal two-word phrase is Spanish for "the same" — a delightfully…
Colin Joyce / September 8, 2015
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