reviews

Review: The Hotelier’s ‘Goodness’ Is Awfully Modest About Its Greatness

"Listen more, speak less," Christian Holden wrote on Tumblr a few months ago, in anticipation of his band’s forthcoming new album. These seemed like strange…
Zach Kelly / May 20, 2016

Review: Chance the Rapper Turns Atheists Into Believers on ‘Coloring Book’

Give praise for Chance the Rapper’s refusal to conform. Whereas a bounty of other rappers lean into the continued proliferation of druggy trap or transglobal…
Britt Julious / May 18, 2016

Review: ‘Colleen Green’ Wants to Be Your Joey Ramone on Her New EP

Green: It’s a color, a tea, envy, renewal, ganja. It’s also Colleen Green, the regally cool 31-year-old musician who never takes off her sunglasses and…
Anna Gaca / May 18, 2016

Review: Marissa Nadler Paints With All the Colors of the Dark on ‘Strangers’

Midway through Marissa Nadler’s exquisite seventh album Strangers, she pens an ode to "All the Colors of the Dark." Gently singing over hypnotic keyboards and…
David Sackllah / May 16, 2016

Review: White Lung Claw Their Way to ‘Paradise’

"Expansive" is the wrong word to describe a viciously focused, 29-minute album, but White Lung's fourth full-length is an evolution in every direction. The breakneck…
Anna Gaca / May 12, 2016

Review: Come Test Death Grips and Get Sliced on ‘Bottomless Pit’

Four years ago, Death Grips exemplified the anti-corporate violence and rugged individualism of black-bloc anarchism. The tattooed and bearded Stefan Burnett boomed and growled like…
Mosi Reeves / May 11, 2016

Review: Radiohead Gracefully Submerge Into ‘A Moon Shaped Pool’

Radiohead is gonna do Radiohead, sidling ethereally through a confusing, increasingly unstable world as only Radiohead can. So what does that mean? It means that…
Raymond Cummings / May 10, 2016

Review: Julianna Barwick Moves Over the Face of the Waters on ‘Will’

Julianna Barwick’s music has never seemed tethered to a specific place, so it’s funny that the celestial Brooklyn artist’s 2011 debut was actually titled The…
Zach Kelly / May 5, 2016

Review: ANOHNI Condemns Drone Warfare With Her Beautiful Scream on ‘Hopelessness’

If you were lucky enough to move to New York City in the early 2000s — just around the time that bands like the Strokes…
T. Cole Rachel / May 3, 2016

Review: Homeboy Sandman Is the Last Backpacker Standing on ‘Kindness for Weakness’

Kindness for Weakness probably isn't the best Homeboy Sandman album, though it may be. One of the many things we can hope to remind ourselves in…
Dan Weiss / May 2, 2016

Review: Beyoncé Is the Rightful Heir to Michael Jackson and Prince on ‘Lemonade’

Like all things Beyoncé, Lemonade is a triumph of marketing and musicality, spectacle and song, vision and collaboration, Borg-like assimilation, and — as of 2013…
Greg Tate / April 28, 2016

Review: Parquet Courts Drop in to See What Condition Their Condition Is in on ‘Human Performance’

There is nothing stoned or starving about Human Performance, the most deceptively straightforward album yet from the four very un-straightforward dudes in Parquet Courts. What…
Dan Weiss / April 8, 2016

Review: Frankie Cosmos Deserves to Be Your ‘Next Thing’

Twenty-two year-old Greta Kline writes affecting, unassuming songs about subjects like Korean food and how much she misses her dead dog, Joe Joe. Her delivery…
Anna Gaca / April 4, 2016

Review: Teen Suicide Throw the Best Pity Party on ‘It’s the Big Joyous Celebration, Let’s Stir the Honeypot’

"How old were you when you first fell out of love with the world?" asks Sam Ray on "America," midway through Teen Suicide’s second (and…
David Sackllah / March 24, 2016

Review: The Range Democratizes Sampling and Helps YouTubers Reach Their Full ‘Potential’

"Right now, I don't have a backup plan for if I don't make it." That stark confession opens the Range's "Regular," from the YouTube spelunker's intricate sophomore…
Harley Brown / March 23, 2016

Review: Bombino’s Red-Hot Guitar Sings the Desert Blues on ‘Azel’

Patriotism may be the last refuge of scoundrels, but musical censorship runs close behind. Be it plantation owners confiscating the drums of African-American slaves, or…
Jason Gubbels / March 22, 2016

Review: Sheer Mag Use Power Chords to Dismantle the Power Structure on ‘III’

All of Sheer Mag's bite-sized, fire-starting collections of road-dog rock over the last few years have been mixed at producer Hunter Davidsohn’s Business District studio…
Colin Joyce / March 10, 2016

Review: The Body Speak to Our Election-Year Nihilism With ‘No One Deserves Happiness’

Even though the pummeling and altogether bleak aesthetic of metal suggests a moribund nihilism, there's a recent resurgence of forward-pushing bands who have captured…
J.J. Lang / March 10, 2016

Review: Kendrick Lamar’s ‘untitled unmastered.’ Is a Bullet With ‘Butterfly’ Wings

Kendrick Lamar didn’t have to do this. Not even a year has passed since he released his grand statement, To Pimp a Butterfly, an intimidating epic…
Matthew Ramirez / March 9, 2016

Review: Oranssi Pazuzu Open a Portal to Another Black-Metal Dimension on ‘Värähtelijä’

If the laws of the physical universe as we currently understand them (and well, Alien’s oft-quoted tagline) are right — that in space no one…
Colin Joyce / March 3, 2016
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