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Blawan’s Wet Will Always Dry Is Modern Techno at Its Sharpest

If you’re not a dance-club habitué, you’ll be forgiven for taking Blawan’s Wet Will Always Dry for regulation late-2010s techno. From its maker’s background (a…
Michaelangelo Matos / June 25, 2018

On Liberation Christina Aguilera Sounds as Powerful as Ever

It's tempting to root for Christina Aguilera—she has at least a half-dozen pop classics under her belt and possessed the best pure voice of the…
Maura Johnston / June 25, 2018

If the LP Is Obsolete, Nine Inch Nails’ Bad Witch Won’t Fix It

The latest Nine Inch Nails album closes with two minutes of sonic ether that fades into a distance as hazy and difficult to make out…
Saby Reyes-Kulkarni / June 22, 2018

Nas’ Uninspired Nasir Is Silent on the Only Thing That Matters

The way Nas’ new album was released is as noteworthy as the music itself. On midnight of Thursday, June 14, the long-awaited new album from…
Israel Daramola / June 19, 2018

serpentwithfeet’s Mystic soil Is a Triumph

Serpentwithfeet’s EP blisters was a revelation, in the Biblical sense: soul at its most operatic. "Four Ethers," the lead single from soil, is characteristic,…
Katherine St. Asaph / June 19, 2018

Vacation Never Ends on Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever’s Sparkling Hope Downs

The cover of Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever’s Hope Downs shows a half empty swimming pool, with stale water and fallen leaves collected at one end:…
Andy Cush / June 18, 2018

Joan of Arc’s 1984 Is an Odd Gem in a Catalog Full of Them

Experiments are controlled and reproducible, which is why Joan of Arc were always more of an art band. For the last 25 years, the interchangeable…
Anna Gaca / June 15, 2018

SOPHIE’s Oil of Every Pearl’s Un-Insides Pushes Against the Boundaries of High-Concept Pop

As a surprise single, "It’s Okay to Cry" was a hell of an opening statement. The first new solo material from…
Rob Arcand / June 15, 2018

Courtney Barnett’s Tell Me How You Really Feel Is Confident If Not Fully Candid

To be Courtney Barnett and learn that Liz Phair released the Girly-Sound to Guyville set is like being Bryan Ferry and…
Alfred Soto / June 14, 2018

Kanye West Finds the Perfect Use of Kid Cudi on Kids See Ghosts

Kanye West and Kid Cudi’s Kids See Ghosts is very much a performance of depression. Each rapper has spent time publicly dealing with a…
Israel Daramola / June 14, 2018

Arthur Buck’s Self-Titled Album is Best When Fast and Loose

Arthur Buck is the union of two rock 'n' roll lifers connected by passion, if not status. The heavy lifter in…
Stephen Thomas Erlewine / June 14, 2018

Lykke Li Remains True to Form on So Sad, So Sexy

Lykke Li had already warned us in her previous album title: I Never Learn. So it makes sense that four years later she is still writing…
Juana Giaimo / June 14, 2018

Snail Mail’s Lush Revels in Teenage Vulnerability and Heartfelt Guitars

Snail Mail has become somewhat of a "media darling" since the release of their 2016 EP Habit, signing to…
Arielle Gordon / June 8, 2018

Black Moth Super Rainbow’s Panic Blooms Puts Modern Anxiety to Melody

In the six years since the last Black Moth Super Rainbow LP, the national consciousness shifted from wary to full-on warring, especially in silicon realms (notwithstanding the…
Dale Eisinger / June 6, 2018

Kanye West Ruined a Perfectly Good Album

Imagine, for a second, that Kanye West is not the touchstone pop star of a generation, or the most critically acclaimed rapper in history, or…
Jordan Sargent / June 5, 2018
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