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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

Laura Marling and Mike Lindsay’s LUMP Overflows With Ideas

On 2011’s A Creature I Don’t Know, Laura Marling struggled with "The Beast," a figure meant to represent her worst, darkest instincts.
Joshua Copperman / June 4, 2018

Neko Case’s Hell-On Is a Modern Folk Masterpiece

2016’s excellent case/lang/veirs made a case for Neko Case as an integral part of the singer-songwriter canon: not shunted off into alt-country but in touch…
Katherine St. Asaph / June 4, 2018

Father John Misty Isn’t Any Less Frustrating on God’s Favorite Customer

If God’s Favorite Customer is any indication, Jason Isbell had every right to worry about "Mr. Tillman." On…
Joshua Copperman / June 1, 2018

Oneohtrix Point Never’s Age Of Is His Strangest, Most Ambitious Work Yet

Taking in the sheer sonic variety of Oneohtrix Point Never’s eighth album can be overwhelming. There are screaming synths. Human voices, natural and processed. Looping…
Andy Cush / June 1, 2018

Pusha T’s Daytona Is a Hell of a Statement, From Both Him and Kanye West

Let’s get this out of the way first: You can’t divorce Pusha T’s Daytona from Kanye West. By Pusha’s own account, West guided…
Israel Daramola / May 29, 2018

Jenny Hval’s The Long Sleep EP Gently Challenges Assumptions About Ambient

"Discover Weekly. New Music Friday. Rap Caviar. Good Vibes. Wild + Free. Chillout Lounge. Chill as Folk. Chill Hits. Evening Chill. Chilled R&B. Indie Chillout.
Rob Arcand / May 29, 2018

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
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