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Review: Jlin’s Black Origami Is Her Boldest, Brightest Work Yet

Jlin is more than footwork. During a recent set last week at Chicago’s Smart Bar, the Gary, Indiana-based producer drew a crowd from…
Britt Julious / May 19, 2017

Review: Harry Styles Sounds Like the Classic Rock Bruno Mars on His Ridiculous, Ambitious Debut Album

Like many groups to come out of X Factor, One Direction were assembled from would-be solo artists; despite their harmonies, scripted lad camaraderie, and terrifying sales…
Katherine St. Asaph / May 15, 2017

Review: Girlpool’s Bigger Sound Can’t Sustain Their Intimate World on Powerplant

Girlpool are maybe more famous than they set out to be, considering their music sounds best holed up alone in your bedroom at home.
Anna Gaca / May 12, 2017

Paramore’s Excellent After Laughter Is All Emo Bleakness Under Its New Wave Brightness

Paramore are a new band—again. With their fifth line-up change in as many albums, they have lost bassist Jeremy Davis and restored founding…
Brad Nelson / May 12, 2017

Alice Coltrane’s Ashram Recordings Are Nearly Perfect Music for Our Current Moment

Alice Coltrane released A Monastic Trio, her first album as a bandleader, in 1968, one year after the death of her husband and collaborator…
Andy Cush / May 10, 2017

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
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