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Just Smiling At The Sound

36 minutes agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Yo La Tengo “Friday I’m In Love” “Friday I’m In Love” is so familiar that it’s actually sort of surprising that Yo La Tengo selected it for their new album of acoustic covers and reworked oldies. But that easy familiarity really works for this rendition, which dials down the manic enthusiasm of The Cure’s original […]

No One Can Feel Our Love

Deradoorian “Violet Minded” It’s sort of amazing that Angel Deradoorian has spent most of the first decade of her career as a supporting player in other bands when it’s always been so obvious that she has a very particular musical style and vision. And OK, maybe that style has been shaped by proximity to Dave […]

Some Dope Dimes On Some Coke Lines

2 days agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

The Weeknd “Tell Your Friends” I’ve had trouble connecting with The Weeknd in the past, in part because I don’t feel like I have a lot of room in my life for his whole “debauched misery in a brand-new luxury hotel” vibe, but mostly because I find his voice to be fairly anonymous and a […]

The Writing On The Wall

Destroyer “Times Square” “Times Square” appears three times on Poison Season – this is the version with the fairly typical life-rock Destroyer arrangement, the other two are quiet, vaguely mournful orchestral arrangements that bookend the record. I prefer the rock version, but of course I would – it’s much easier to listen to, and it’s […]

Born Already Nailed To The Cross

Deerhunter “Snakeskin” “Snakeskin” is the first Deerhunter song I could describe as funky, though it doesn’t completely work as a straight funk track. The guitar groove and the beat are definitely lifted from ‘60s and ‘70s R&B, but the bass is oddly still in the arrangement. This results in a song that sounds like someone […]

Did I Stutter

Melkbelly “Bathroom at the Beach” A lot of the best and most aggressive punk is, on a melodic level, total candy. “Bathroom at the Beach” is a great example – the core of it is catchy and bouncy enough to be a jingle, and the main vocal melody is sung with a singsong lilt that’s […]

Teach Me How To Live Life Like I’m Not A Singer

FKA Twigs “Figure 8? “Figure 8” sounds like it’s constantly on the brink of collapse, with FKA Twigs’ voice balanced preciously between skittering, barely cohesive beats and waves of wobbling, distorted synth tones. A lot of Twigs tracks have this dynamic, but don’t quite gel – often, the vocal melody seems arbitrarily dropped into a […]

Fruit Flies Circle Over Your Open Wine

2 weeks agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Princess Reason “Your Divorce” How do I know this guy’s voice so well? The particular inflections and cadences, the specific sound of the creak in his voice when he reaches for high notes beyond his range. I swear I’ve heard some version of this guy sing in dozens of bands going back 20 years, but […]

It Goes Dark Again

2 weeks agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Beach House “Sparks” Beach House is the sort of band that is so committed to a specific aesthetic that they never seem to change, but are in fact constantly shifting around the formal elements of their music. On the surface, “Sparks” is another hazy, organ-centric drone, but it’s also a sudden left turn from the […]

I Don’t Want Half Of Anything

2 weeks agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

The Mynabirds “All My Heart” Laura Burhenn may change the surface aesthetics of The Mynabirds with each record, but she never strays from the core appeal of her music – introspective lyrics that border on secular spirituality, and her weathered, soulful voice. Her new record Lovers Know has a much colder tone than the records […]

Until The Dead Has Risen

2 weeks agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Dr. Dre featuring Kendrick Lamar, Marsha Ambrosius, and Candice Pillay “Genocide” “Genocide” is only four and a half minutes, but there’s enough ideas and odd sonic textures in Dem Jointz’s track to pad out half an album. What’s going on in this song? • An odd, digitally distorted two-note sample that’s being used like a […]

Is The Youth Just Getting Old

3 weeks agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Hot Chip @ Webster Hall 8/5/2015 Huarache Lights / One Life Stand / Night & Day / Easy to Get -> Forever In My Life / Started Right / Flutes / Over and Over / Alley Cats / Cry for You / Need You Now / Ready For the Floor / I Feel Better // […]

This Will Be A Test

3 weeks agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Georgia “Kombine” “Kombine” is full of harsh, cold, clanging electronic tones, but the synth riff that opens the song is the best. The rest of the track exists in this sort of post-M.I.A. abrasive R&B zone, but that first bit is basically a sick metal riff played on a synth setting seemingly designed to induce […]

Dragging You Down To Hell

3 weeks agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Wolf Alice @ Gramercy Park Hotel 8/3/2015 Fluffy / She / Your Love’s Whore / You’re A Germ / 90 Mile Beach / The Wonderwhy / Soapy Water / Lisbon / Storms / Bros / Blush / Giant Peach / Moaning Lisa Smile This was some kind of industry showcase gig, so I don’t feel […]

Ticking Like A Bomb

3 weeks agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Veruca Salt @ Webster Hall 7/31/2015 Prince of Wales / I’m Taking Europe with Me / Black and Blonde / Straight / Laughing in the Sugar Bowl / Forsythia / All Hail Me / Empty Bottle / The Gospel According to Saint Me / Eyes On You / One Last Time / Volcano Girls / […]

The Surface Of Things

3 weeks agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

U2 @ Madison Square Garden 7/30/2015 The Miracle (of Joey Ramone) / The Electric Co. / Vertigo / I Will Follow / Iris (Hold Me Close) / Cedarwood Road / Song for Someone / Sunday Bloody Sunday / Raised by Wolves / Until the End of the World / [The Fly intermission] / Invisible / […]

Belief Is Just Some Faith

4 weeks agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

The Smashing Pumpkins @ PNC Bank Arts Center, NJ 7/29/2015 Cherub Rock / Bullet with Butterfly Wings / Tonight, Tonight / Ava Adore / Drum + Fife / One and All (We Are) / The Everlasting Gaze / Zero / The Crying Tree of Mercury / Mayonaise / Disarm / Landslide / 1979 / Run2Me […]

It’s My Heart’s Desire

4 weeks agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Robyn & La Bagatelle Magique “Set Me Free” I felt vaguely bad about not connecting with Robyn’s EP with Röyksopp last year, as if I was in some way betraying an artist I’ve loved and supported for a very long time. When this sort of thing happens, I’m inclined to feel very “it’s not you, […]

Feel Like Sunshine

4 weeks agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Silver Jackson “Melodies and Bass” I am reasonably certain that this is the first artist based in Alaska that I have featured on this site in its 13 year history. Alaska is one of those cultural dead zones where even if there’s cool arts stuff going on, it just never seems to make it out […]

When I Thought I Would Burst

last monthMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Oddisee “That’s Love” Oddisee’s verses on this song are great and it’s a very well-made track across the board, but to be honest, I’m mostly here for that organ tone. It’s like the musical equivalent of super-saturated bright color, and I love the way this two-chord vamp somehow signals both urgency and relaxed vibes. I […]

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