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There Comes The Darkness

Radiohead @ Madison Square Garden 7/27/2016 Burn the Witch / Daydreaming / Decks Dark / Desert Island Disk / Ful Stop / My Iron Lung / Climbing Up the Walls / Morning Mr. Magpie / Pyramid Song / Bloom / Identikit / The Numbers / The Gloaming / Weird Fishes/Arpeggi / Everything In Its Right […]

My Heart’s In A Cage Tonight

2 days agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

79.5 “ooo” I have spent a lot of time immersed in music from the early ‘80s and late ‘70s in the recent past, and I can say with reverence, enthusiasm, and some minor degree of authority that this song could pass as a vintage mellow R&B cut from that era. There are some tells – […]

Only The Very Best

3 days agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Half Waif “Nest” Nandi Rose Plunkett has a lovely voice, with a crisp vocal tone and refined inflection close to that of Annie Clark on the first two St. Vincent records. She could easily get by on the sheer prettiness of her voice, but she resists that all through her first record as Half Waif, […]

Images Flashing In My Mind

4 days agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Body Language “Just Let It” “Just Let It” falls at just the right spot on the curve of a trend that it simultaneously sounds fresh and nostalgic at the same time. This sort of bright and perky laptop indie pop has been going strong for over a decade now, but it’s still a young and […]

The Punch You Shouldn’t Feel

Schoolboy Q featuring Lance Skiiiwalker “Kno Ya Wrong” “Kno Ya Wrong” has a diptych structure with a shift in tone so strong that it’s easy to forget the first half was in the same song once you’re deep into the second half. I favor the first part, actually – I’m a sucker for piano loops […]

The Sweetness Of A Honeycomb Tree

Anderson Paak “The Bird” “The Bird” has a relaxed feel, but it’s not exactly chill. At ease, maybe, but not chill. This is way too focused to be chill, and a bit too earnest in its desire to introduce the singer and an album full of songs. Anderson Paak is laying out the details of […]

Just Let Me Be

No Joy “XO (Adam’s Getting Married)” One of my favorite things about No Joy is the way they imply dimension in their music. Sounds overlap and move apart like objects moving through space, and the lack of fixed position is disorienting and vaguely frightening. The vocals in “XO” are sometimes buried just behind a wall […]

Guess We Better Find A New Planet

Jamila Woods featuring Donnie Trumpet “Breadcrumbs” This song seems to make two arguments: First, that memory is a flawed and fragile thing that could slip away from us at any time. Second, that memories are only tether to our shared past and must be considered precious things. Jamila Woods’ perspective skips around a timeline through […]

Evidence Of Happiness

2 weeks agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Sampa the Great “2 4” The phrase “I had evidence of happiness” keeps poking out of this song like an unexpected thorn. Most of what registers in the vocal is boilerplate rap/dancehall – 2, 4, get on the floor – but the few lines around it build a lot of tension and make everything else […]

The Way I’m Going

2 weeks agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Negative Gemini “Don’t Worry ‘Bout the Fuck I’m Doing” That title sets you up for something aggressive, right? I can’t say there’s no aggression in this song – that phrase is sung repeatedly, after all – but the anger and frustration is buried beneath a chill facade and a groove that’d be hypnotic if it […]

In The Midst Of Time

2 weeks agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Snoh Aalegra “In Your River” Snoh Aalegra has a big brassy voice, but it’s only the second most striking thing in this track after the string arrangement, which trills and sweeps and swells like an old Hollywood score compressed into a tight three minutes. As epic as the vocal and strings get, there’s still a […]

Cupid Keeps Targeting Me

2 weeks agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Maxwell “III” The rhythm and chords of “III” set up a pattern of light tension and release that moves so quickly that your mind and body barely registers the tightness and only pays attention to the feeling of relief. It’s the perfect tone for a song that ties together feelings of lust and empathy, and […]

For All Of Y’all Who Didn’t Fail At School

2 weeks agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

The Avalanches “Harmony” The Avalanches’ new record is a pretty joyful thing, but it bums me out in that it’s a reminder of how rare and precious thing sample-based music has become in this era. You still get some here and there, mainly on records by big money artists like Kanye West and Beyoncé who […]

1981 Survey Mix

3 weeks agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

This is the ninth in my series of 1980s survey mixes, which are moving backwards in time from 1989 to the start of the decade. These compilations are designed to give more context to the music of the ‘80s, and give a sense of how various niches and trends overlapped in this cultural moment. At […]

Don’t You Dare Pity Me

4 weeks agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Margaret Glaspy “Situation” It feels strange that I haven’t heard more songs about resenting unsolicited advice in all these years. Margaret Glaspy’s guitar parts in “Situation” are wiry and tense, and seem to tangle around the melody like string becoming a knot. She doesn’t sing so much as spit out her words, and the lines […]

A Little More Like You

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Pip Blom “Truth” There’s a part of my brain that hears Pip Blom’s songs and starts running a scan of my memory to figure out where I’ve heard her rhythms and chord progressions before. It’s all Alt-Rock 101 stuff, so it’s like — is that “Polly”? is that “Song 2”? is that some PJ Harvey […]

The Boy With The Square Eyes

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Melkbelly “Elk Mountain” Melkbelly is remarkably fully formed for a band with only a couple singles out: a very defined guitar aesthetic; good melodies; a strong sense of urgency in everything they’ve produced. Guitar parts in Melkbelly songs are constantly moving – snaking around the beat, scraping against the groove, making hairpin turns just after […]

Shake When The Lights Go Off

last monthMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Jay Som “I Think You’re Alright” “I Think You’re Alright” stars off in a way that does not signal in any way that a good guitar solo will come later on, and when it does come it’s slightly startling even after hearing it a few times over. It feels small and intimate in a way […]

Incredible Thunder

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Amy O “Canteen” “Canteen” sounds cheerful but also a bit nervous, as though every beat and melodic turn in it is guided by a quiet ever-present anxiety. Amy O’s lyrics call back to childhood – the very first line is “elementary school was a breeze” – but that sentimental imagery is laced through a song […]

Lips And Nails

last monthMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Angelic Milk “Rebel Black” Angelic Milk is music made by a Russian teen who seems to be obsessed with a romanticized concept of the angst-ridden American teenager. There’s several layers of irony to their project, but it’s not enough to obscure a genuine feeling. “Rebel Black” is built out of references, but they’re largely gestures […]

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