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Belief Is Just Some Faith

2 hours 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

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

2 days 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

3 days agoMusic / 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 […]

Tell Me What You See

Swindle featuring Ash Riser “London to L.A.” This is as surprising and formally strange as a song can probably get while also being very, very, very chill. Swindle’s arrangement is built around a lovely, jazzy chord progression played on guitar, but the rest of the song is constantly shifting – an early lead part that […]

Fingernails Where There Should’ve Been Chalk

Titus Andronicus “Lonely Boy” A thing I appreciate about Titus Andronicus is that as the band goes along, they seem to gravitate towards an early Springsteen/mid-period Clash sound – the strut and the hooks of glam, but rowdy and humble and aggressively working class. There’s a bunch of songs like this on The Most Lamentable […]

You Want Bare Knuckles But A Clean Fight

Micachu and The Shapes “Oh Baby” Mica Levi is a genius of finding beauty in ugly, atonal sounds and harsh, clunking rhythms. Her earliest work with Micachu and The Shapes had a manic, restless edge, but at this point in her career, she’s embraced slower, more loping rhythms that feel more like a stupor than […]

I Belong To The Stars And The Sky

Wilco “Random Name Generator” First off, Wilco naming their new album Star Wars is funnier than any Wilco joke you will ever make. Second, the “dad rock” thing is such a tired diss on this band, and is actually sorta infuriating when people who publicly praise extremely bland indie/folky stuff throw it at them, when […]

A New Color Of Sky

2 weeks agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Gardens & Villa “Fixations” In simplest terms, “Fixations” sounds like Tame Impala trying to make a Warm Jets/Tiger Mountain-era Brian Eno song, but that’s a bit unfair in that I think this is much better than the vast majority of Tame Impala material. Gardens & Villa certainly have better taste in keyboard tones, and far […]

Feel Your Blood Pump Hot In The Cool Dark Air

2 weeks agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Teen Girl Scientist Monthly “Games” The first Teen Girl Scientist Monthly record leaned fairly twee, but this time around they’ve sharpened up their edges a bit, and embraced a morbid streak that contrasts nicely with their clean-cut aesthetic. “Games” is harder and harsher than anything they’ve done up to this point, even if the core […]

The Night Pass Slow

2 weeks agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

The Rolling Stones “Moonlight Mile (Live 2015)” My friend Sean often says that out of all the major “classic rock” bands, The Rolling Stones are the ones who are worst served by classic rock radio because when you reduce them down to just their biggest hits, you lose a lot of what they’re truly capable […]

The Underground Is Overcrowded

2 weeks agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Archers of Loaf @ Music Hall of Williamsburg 7/10/2015 Step Into the Light / Let the Loser Melt / 1985 – Fabricoh / Harnessed in Slums / Dead Red Eyes / Lowest Part is Free! / Freezing Point / Mark Price, P.I. / South Carolina / Wrong / Web in Front / Revenge / Nostalgia […]

Rearrange The Clouds In The Sky For You

3 weeks agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Veruca Salt “Eyes On You” Last year I saw the original lineup of Veruca Salt play together on their first tour since 1997 and was amazed by how much power and chemistry they have together after so much time apart. This year I’m amazed by Ghost Notes, the new album they made once they got […]

No Real Place To Go

3 weeks agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Bilal “Open Up the Door” Bilal is the kind of artist who expresses himself more in his ability to successfully perform in a range of styles than claiming one of his own, and so he can be sort of hit-or-miss depending on what vibe he’s getting across. But this sort of Stevie Wonder vibe suits […]

Just Know That I Tried

3 weeks agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

The Internet “Just Sayin’/I Tried” This composition is a diptych made up of two very distinct sections, but it’s remarkable how seamlessly they flow together. It’s very easy to not even really notice the shift from the more rhythmic and emotionally sour part into the second half, which has a jazzy, airy style and is […]

I Could Only Love You More

3 weeks agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Wolf Alice “Your Love’s Whore” “Your Love’s Whore” is kind of a harsh and provocative title, but this is actually a rather earnest and romantic song about love. The lyrics escalate as it moves along – at first, she’s talking about taking things slow and the possibility of being someone’s “perfect girl,” and then she’s […]

Take Me 2 The Jungle

4 weeks agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Basement Jaxx @ Central Park 7/1/2015 Good Luck / Unicorn / Power 2 The People / Red Alert / Taiko / Back 2 The Wild / What’s The News? / Oh My Gosh / Everybody / Never Say Never / Romeo / Jump N Shout / Buffalo / Raindrops / Do Your Thing / Rock […]

Gol’ Darn Gone And Done it

4 weeks agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Shania Twain @ Madison Square Garden 6/30/2015 Rock This Country! / Honey, I’m Home / You Win My Love / Whose Boots Have Your Boots Been Under? / I Ain’t No Quitter / Love Gets Me Every Time / Don’t Be Stupid (You Know I Love You) / Any Man Of Mine / Ka-Ching! (instrumental) […]

We Are Just Animals And Don’t You Forget It

4 weeks agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

The Last Hurrah “Can’t Wait No More” The Last Hurrah’s first two albums bent and stretched a Norwegian take on traditional British and American folk music into odd shapes, with a particular emphasis on contrasting harmony with drones. Their third record, Mudflowers, pushes in a very different direction, with the duo of HP Gunderson and […]

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