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As The Moon Glows

20 hours agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Lance Skiiiwalker “Lover’s Lane” Lance Skiiiwalker’s music has an odd wooziness to it that falls somewhere on a continuum between “way more stoned than you intended to be” and “coming down with a flu.” A lot of his first album, Introverted Intuition, is built around ambient tones, audio scuzz, and beats that seem as though […]

Hot But Not Too Flamboyant

Twista featuring Jeremih “Next to You” A lot of hip-hop love songs spoil the mood with random crude lyrics, but “Next to You” never falls into that trap, which is usually just a way to avoid seeming too vulnerable and soft on the track. This song is as sincere as it gets, with both Jeremih […]

Yoga Pants Coffee Shops Yogurt Stands

4 days agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Saba featuring Noname “Church/Liquor Store” Saba and Noname are speaking a lot of truth in this song about systemic racism – he’s mainly focused on a legal system set up to get as many black kids in jail as possible, and she’s talking about gentrification, a comparatively subtle method to the same end of pushing […]

So Tempted

6 days agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

NxWorries “What More Can I Say” Anderson Paak has a dilemma: He’s got a girlfriend, but you see, everywhere he goes, sexy women are trying to seduce him! I, uhhhh, can’t relate, but he does manage to make me feel sympathetic to his plight by sounding completely sincere in his desire to stay faithful and […]

Let’s Make It Beautiful News

6 days agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Divine Coucil featuring $ilk Money & André Benjamin “Decemba (Remix)” Being a fan of Andre 3000 in the post-outlast era means collecting a lot of tracks he appears on in which the gulf of quality between him and the headlining artist is quite vast. It can make a rapper look bad in comparison – $ilkMoney […]

The California Mindstate

The Game “The Juice” The Game’s new record is presented as a musical autobiography, and the music itself quotes iconic rap songs – “Colors,” “The Message,” and “C.R.E.A.M.,” pretty obvious stuff, to the point where I have to question how much of enjoying those particular songs is just clicking into something familiar. But “The Juice” […]

Right Outside Your Frontdoor On My 12 Speed

Kevin Abstract “Empty” I suppose we’ve come a long way if a young rapper is saying “I hate my boyfriend” in a song and getting blown by a football player in the video and people aren’t really talking about it. But then again, that might be because it’s getting swept under the rug. I hope […]

To Resurrect What I Forgot

Crying “There Was A Door” In a way, “There Was A Door” is an update and revision of Fugazi’s “Suggestion,” a song about street harassment and a desire to exist in the world without worrying about the attention of potentially threatening men. The crucial difference is that while “Suggestion” was written and performed by men, […]

Let’s Get Together And Overreact

Electric Six “Lee Did This To Me” Lee is one of the most ambiguous names – gender neutral, racially vague, no notable associations with any particular era. In the context of this song, in which Dick Valentine gives voice to a jealous man whose girl has been stolen by someone named Lee, the name is […]

Recognize The Presence Of My Ghost

2 weeks agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Kate Tempest “Ketamine for Breakfast” Kate Tempest adapted her last album, Everybody Down, into a novel. It’s a rare album that could logically make that transition between art forms – Tempest’s lyrics are dense and vivid, and she’s extremely good at detailing the inner lives and complexities of her characters. If anything, the adaptation seems […]

You’re Not Used To Spontaneity

2 weeks agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Max Wonders “Utopia” Max Wonders is still a teenager, but the grit and grain of his voice, not to mention his verbal dexterity, makes him seem a bit older. He definitely comes off as a guy shaped by experience, and while “Utopia” is basically just him trying to get some girl to get involved with […]

The Rooms That Once Made Up A Home

2 weeks agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Norah Jones “Day Breaks” “Day Breaks” sounds like the lull after a storm, in which two people survey the wreckage of their relationship and quietly wonder what to do next. Walk away? Attempt to rebuild? Pretend nothing happened? Crumble and weep? The arrangement is both delicate and melodramatic, respecting the small scale of this domestic […]

You Won’t Take My Advice

2 weeks agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

The Frightnrs “Trouble in Here” The Frightnrs’ Nothing More to Say is a meticulously constructed simulacrum of Studio One rocksteady and dancehall, and honestly, it’d seem a bit unnecessary if not for 1) the fact that they are actually quite good at writing and performing in this style and 2) few people who love this […]

The Dead Air Is A Buzzing Sound

2 weeks agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Dr. Something “Companion” Dr. Something is one of the most unusual things I’ve come across while bouncing around Bandcamp feeds – an indie bedroom/garage recording project that has the bombast and sentimentality of musical theater, but also the deliberate lyrical strangeness and unsettling vibe of art rock. Some of the songs on the Rustic Machinery […]

Those Metal Clouds

3 weeks agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Solange “Cranes in the Sky” “Cranes in the Sky” is about all the things you do to distract yourself from pain or anxiety. A lot of it is just living your life, or doing normal activities with a bit more intensity and purpose because you’re pointedly trying to “put yourself out there.” There’s a good […]

This Side Of Heaven

3 weeks agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Yung Bae “As Sweet As My Baby” Yung Bae is more DJ than producer. He’s less focused on composition than in digging up excellent obscurities and crafting them into a thrilling collage precisely calibrated to make people happy. He’s got a fantastic aesthetic – very indebted to the nostalgic disco vibes of the first Avalanches […]

Sipping Nanny Nectar

3 weeks agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Fudge “Young Vet” Fudge is Prefuse 73’s hip-hop project with rapper Michael Christmas, and a lot of the thrill of it is hearing Prefuse bend his eccentricities as a composer into the consistent rhythmic frame of rap. If you’ve ever heard Prefuse 73’s music, a track like “Young Vet” will be very recognizable as his […]

It Won’t Last Forever

4 weeks agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Purling Hiss “Fever” Purling Hiss’ early stuff gave me the impression that they weren’t particularly interested in writing song-y songs, and were more about foregrounding the scuzzy surface of lo-fi garage rock. I don’t think that music worked very well, in large part because form is pretty important to that genre, and without it you […]

I Cost More Than You Earn

4 weeks agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Julia Jacklin “Leadlight” Julia Jacklin isn’t breaking the mold with anything about the melody, structure, or style of this song, but everything about this song is executed with a seemingly tossed-off elegance that impresses the hell out of me. It’s a bit like how you wouldn’t criticize gorgeous handwriting because the person holding the pen […]

In The Dark Where You Can’t See The Stars

last monthMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam “Rough Going (I Won’t Let Up)” Rostam Batmanglij is a great collaborator for Hamilton Leithauser for a lot of reasons, but primarily because he has such a great grasp on exactly what makes Leithauser such an interesting and distinct performer. In “Rough Going,” Batmanglij taps into my favorite aspect of his […]

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