reviews

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

Review: The 1975’s ‘I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it’ Takes Up All of Our Headline Sp

The 1975 are driving a hard bargain. The shapeshifting Manchester band’s recent singles scan like ambitious blockbusters not made for a clear audience: too smart-aleck…
Winston Cook-Wilson / February 23, 2016

Review: Kanye West Finally Buys His Way to Heaven on ‘The Life of Pablo’

Two confederates of ours not given to hysterics who follow Kanye West's Twitter feeds recently expressed concern for the brother's mental state. Fears of a…
Greg Tate / February 19, 2016

Review: DIIV Empty Everything They’ve Got Into the Winding ‘Is the Is Are’

DIIV’s frontman Zachary Cole Smith describes his band’s second album Is the Is Are in terms usually reserved for divinity. In recent interviews he’s referred…
Colin Joyce / February 2, 2016

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: Arca Explores the Sexuality of Electronic Abstractions on ‘Mutant’

At the peak of every Arca live show, the Venezuelan producer born Alejandro Ghersi interrupts his otherwise mute meditations with a scream: "It's too much…
Colin Joyce / November 19, 2015

Review: Oneohtrix Point Never Puts Us Through Puberty Again on ‘Garden of Delete’

It starts with an ache in the knees. Herky limbs sprout and overdevelop. A skittering gait turns into uncomfortable and awkward locomotion. A voice creaks,…
Colin Joyce / November 13, 2015

Review: Grimes Preaches Wonderful and Horrifying Hyperspace Gospel on ‘Art Angels’

Four records into Claire Boucher's career as Grimes, she decided it was time for a posse record. Facetiously explaining Art Angels to The Fader, she…
Colin Joyce / November 10, 2015
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