Reviews

Lil Baby’s Harder Than Ever Justifies His Sudden Fame

Street rap is incredibly genuine—even the glossiest versions are murky, specific, unglamorous, and lacking in pretense. Street rap is working class in both its aesthetic and its goals,…
Israel Daramola / May 25, 2018

Lauryn Hill Stars in Spirit on A$AP Rocky and Frank Ocean’s “Purity”

A$AP Rocky's new album Testing was surprise released last night, and arguably the most notable song comes at the end of the album, when Rocky and the always elusive Frank…
Israel Daramola / May 25, 2018

CHVRCHES’ Love Is Dead Pursues Clarity With Mixed Results

When CHVRCHES debuted with The Bones of What You Believe in 2013 they met the zeitgeist—darkwave synth-pop revisioned by a generation that fell…
Nina Mashurova / May 24, 2018

Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks’ Sparkle Hard Digs Deep and Shines Bright

Deep into Sparkle Hard, during the eighth track "Kite," Stephen Malkmus seems to break the fourth wall with an admission of vulnerability. "Just…
Maggie Serota / May 21, 2018

Parquet Courts Have Never Been Fiercer or More Fun Than on Wide Awake!

"Total Football," the first song on Parquet Courts’ ridiculously good new album Wide Awake!, is a delirious ode to the power of collectivity thinly masquerading…
Andy Cush / May 21, 2018

BTS’ Love Yourself: Tear Finds the Harmony in Genre-Hopping

Boy group BTS is doing what many said couldn’t be done: they've brought K-pop to the western market, becoming undeniably the biggest K-pop act of the…
Blanca Méndez / May 18, 2018

Gas’s Rausch Is a Rocky Path Forward for an Electronic Legend

The ambient techno Wolfgang Voigt makes as Gas does not traditionally offer much in the way of linear progression. His tracks regularly extend…
Andy Cush / May 18, 2018

Playboi Carti’s Radical Die Lit Expands the Parameters of Soundcloud Rap

A chunk of modern hip-hop, much of it made following the ascents of Chief Keef and Young Thug, is often described as post-verbal,…
Winston Cook-Wilson / May 17, 2018

Tee Grizzley’s Activated Highlights the Nuances of Street Rap

Benefitting from the implications of inexorable street credibility and its often swift means of building buzz, Detroit’s Tee Grizzley has no qualms about using his backstory—he was…
Jesse Fairfax / May 17, 2018

Beach House Abandons Timidity on the Surprisingly Cacophonic 7

Greatness can take time to develop: years of false starts, quiet experiments, and public failures along with work that gently grasps at the fringes of one's…
Britt Julious / May 16, 2018

Yonatan Gat’s Expansive Universalists Is a Spiritual Journey Without Borders

In the 1940s and beyond, American ethnomusicologist and folklorist Alan Lomax dedicated his life to cataloging unknown singers. His practice became a passion, preserving folk…
Dale Eisinger / May 15, 2018

DJ Koze’s Knock Knock Brings a Full Range of Emotions to the Club

Despite being a DJ, Stefan Kozalla seems disinterested in producing music solely meant for the dancefloor. Yes, his 2015 breakout single "XTC" had all the workings…
Arielle Gordon / May 14, 2018

Rae Sremmurd’s SR3MM Is Charming in Its Imperfection

Rae Sremmurd are at the top of the world. They’re also survivors. They bumrushed the charts back in 2014 with "No…
Jordan Sargent / May 11, 2018

Arctic Monkeys’ Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino Is Their Strangest and Most Alluring Album

When Arctic Monkeys announced that no pre-release singles would herald their latest album Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino, the decision seemed like a head-scratcher, but…
Larry Fitzmaurice / May 11, 2018

Charlie Puth’s Voicenotes Is a Catchy, Nonsensical Ode to L.A. Ennui

Since the release of his charmless debut album Nine Track Mind, Charlie Puth has made more headlines for his romantic flings than his music. The…
Bobby Finger / May 11, 2018
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