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Review: Grizzly Bear Sort Out Their Old Lives on the Slinky, Satisfying Painted Ruins

Can you feel it coming? Quickening on the horizon, a rustle of Uggs and shutter shades, skinny jeans and chunky highlights; a murmur of Friendster…
Brian Howe / August 18, 2017

Review: BOSCO’s b. Is a Cathartic Summery Exhale

The romantic idea of creating a space for unconstrained expression is illustrated musically on b., the recently released EP by the Atlanta R&B singer BOSCO.
Brian Josephs / August 15, 2017

Kesha’s Rainbow Feels Like a Document of Who She’s Always Wanted to Be

Even in the big, raunchy pop algorithms now-persona-non-grata Dr. Luke produced for Kesha, her own songwriting sensibilities always glimmered through. As she skyrocketed into becoming…
Julianne Escobedo Shepherd / August 14, 2017

Review: Downtown Boys’ Fierce Cost of Living Gives Their Mission a Stirring, Unsparing Sound

Downtown Boys’ second album, which propelled them from the DIY spaces of their Providence hometown into the consciousness of punkish and politically-minded music fans across…
Andy Cush / August 11, 2017

Review: Arcade Fire’s Everything Now Is a Deeply Cynical, Joyless Album

Have you ever watched Win Butler’s appearances at the NBA Celebrity All-Star Game? What a bizarrely incongruous thing for the frontman of the most successful…
Jeremy Gordon / July 31, 2017

Review: The Dears Explore Uncertain Times on the Pensive, Melodic Times Infinity Volume Two

If you've ever witnessed a tornado, one of the most telling signs of looming danger and destruction is the chartreuse green sky that precedes the storm.
Geena Kloeppel / July 25, 2017

Review: Lana Del Rey Is Ready to Stop Being Sad on the Warm, Engaging Lust for Life

Lana Del Rey’s albums are swanning, magisterial projects, as long as some films, except that films have multiple characters. Her stage has just one…
Anna Gaca / July 24, 2017

Review: Nine Inch Nails Find Compelling New Ground on the Experimental ADD VIOLENCE

When Not the Actual Events, Nine Inch Nails’ inaugural EP of a supposedly-busy coming year, surfaced in December, it…
Winston Cook-Wilson / July 24, 2017

Review: Avey Tare’s Eucalyptus is a Lovely, Low-Key Return to Animal Collective’s Acoustic Era

This year, with relatively little fanfare, Animal Collective released an EP called Meeting of the Waters. With only two members of the band’s…
Andy Cush / July 21, 2017

Review: Waxahatchee Crackles With New Energy on the Confident Out in the Storm

Katie Crutchfield has come a long way, baby, since the trembling hush of American Weekend. You can tell from the opening guitar blast of "Never…
Anna Gaca / July 19, 2017

Review: Shabazz Palaces Embrace the Cosmos on the Entrancing Quazarz Releases

Shabazz Palaces aren’t spring chickens, nor are they even technically a younger-generation act. The group’s mastermind, Palaceer Lazaro—earth name: Ishmael Butler—was once, in…
Saby Reyes-Kulkarni / July 18, 2017

Review: 21 Savage Hits the Limits of Nihilism on Issa Album

On record, a compelling version darkness is often just a half-step away from ennui. The Atlanta rapper 21 Savage managed to stay closer to the former…
Brian Josephs / July 14, 2017

Review: Sheer Mag’s Excellent Need to Feel Your Love Proves They’re Far More Than Thin Lizzy Homage

The steady rise of Sheer Mag from Philly garage band heroes to Rolling Stone profilees feels in some ways a reaction to the trend of gauzy guitar-oriented bands…
Jeremy Gordon / July 14, 2017

Review: Haim Stick to Their Soft Rock Strengths on the Dense, Romantic Something to Tell You

Given Haim's reputation for immaculately tasteful artistry, any missteps long curated away, it is sometimes hard to forget they once appeared on a Calvin Harris…
Katherine St. Asaph / July 13, 2017

Review: Broken Social Scene’s Hug of Thunder Is a Welcome Return From Indie Rock’s Most Ambitious Romantics

Seven years after their previous album, and a decade and half removed from the record that earned their spot in the canon of 2000s indie,…
Andy Cush / July 7, 2017
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