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Review: Nite Jewel Confidently Channels Janet Jackson in Her Prime on the Dreamy Real High

Nite Jewel, born Ramona Gonzalez, channels pop and R&B from the '80s and '90s in her music like she’s making demos for a…
Winston Cook-Wilson / May 9, 2017

Review: At the Drive In’s Much Anticipated Comeback Album in•ter a•li•a Dutifully Serves the Fans

In commercial rock’s post-millennium, pre-9/11 wasteland, where nu-metal and arena rock ran amok as spoiled, unchallenged apex predators, At the Drive In were a pack…
Zoe Camp / May 8, 2017

Review: Perfume Genius’ No Shape Is an Ornate Yet Intimately Romantic Epic

Did we ever settle on a definition of "chamber pop," the genre that, for a minute, defined any indie band who were friends with a…
Anna Gaca / May 5, 2017

Review: Mac DeMarco Soberly Embraces Adulthood on the Heartfelt This Old Dog

By this time next month, one thousand publications will have run one thousand more articles reiterating what a chill, happy, generally gnarly dude Mac DeMarco…
Jeremy Gordon / May 4, 2017

Review: Bonnie “Prince” Billy’s Best Troubador Is a Thoughtful Exploration of Merle Haggard’s Rich Catalogue

The "alt-country" tag is a designation often applied to Will Oldham’s music, and yet the Louisville singer-songwriter rarely makes music that sounds like any known…
Winston Cook-Wilson / May 4, 2017

Review: On Their First Album in 22 Years, Slowdive Remind Us Why They’re Shoegaze Icons

Given the goodwill that they’ve generated since disbanding—the well-regarded reissues, documentaries, and legions of younger bands hailing them as influences—it’s easy…
Colin Joyce / May 3, 2017

Review: Sylvan Esso’s Sweet What Now Pushes Against the Confines of Electronic Pop Music

Tick, tick, tick, snap crackle pop. At first I thought my ears were playing tricks on me; it sounded like Sylvan Esso had sampled the…
Geena Kloeppel / May 1, 2017

Review: Feist’s Pleasure Finds Fun Through the Unexpected

Discounting the outliers, Leslie Feist’s music is consistent and realized. She's an art-folkie in the Mitchell/Dylan tradition or, among contemporaries, akin to Jesca Hoop or…
Katherine St. Asaph / April 28, 2017

Review: Thurston Moore’s Rock n Roll Consciousness Is His Most Transportive Solo Record Yet

In the wake of 1995’s Psychic Hearts—a sinewy, endless grab-bag—Thurston Moore’s singer-songwriter albums strained to find an identity independent of Sonic Youth. This was a…
Raymond Cummings / April 27, 2017

Review: Humanz Proves Gorillaz Are Better With Damon Albarn Out of the Spotlight

Pop quiz: name the four members of Gorillaz. Nearly twenty years after their creation by Britpop war vet Damon Albarn and indie comic book artist…
Andy Beta / April 27, 2017

Review: Colin Stetson Is a Thrilling One-Man Band on All This I Do For Glory

To be a one-man band, you once needed a harp rack at your mouth, a bass drum on your back, cymbals between your knees, tambourines…
Brian Howe / April 26, 2017

Review: Depeche Mode – Ultra

Depeche Mode’s ‘Ultra’ originally came out April 14, 1997. In honor of the album turning 20 this year, and our feature on the Best Alternative Rock…
Eric Weisbard / April 26, 2017

Review: Green Day – Nimrod

Green Day's 'Nimrod' originally came out October 14, 1997. In honor of the album turning 20 this year, and our feature on the Best Alternative Rock…
Jessy Berrett / April 26, 2017

Live: Third Eye Blind and Smash Mouth Play Philadelphia’s Electric Factory

Third Eye Blind and Smash Mouth played shows together in 1998, and Chuck Eddy was there to write about the spectacle. In honor of our feature…
Chuck Eddy / April 25, 2017

Review: Prodigy – Fat of the Land

This album originally came out June 30, 1997. In honor of the album turning 20 this year, and our feature on the Best Alternative Rock Songs of…
Eric Weisbard / April 25, 2017
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