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When Your Angels Fall Out Of The Sky

14 hours agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Kelly Clarkson “Take You High” There is maybe a sense right now that “dubstep” sounds and bass drops feel a bit two years ago, but I think we’ve only scratched the surface of what those sort of dynamics can bring to mainstream pop music. This cut from Kelly Clarkson’s new album picks up where Alex […]

Mourning Us Almost Keeps You Alive

of Montreal “Like Ashoka’s Inferno of Memory” The past four Of Montreal albums have basically been a document of the slow, painful dissolution of Kevin Barnes’ marriage, and Aureate Gloom is the record where this fragile relationship finally collapses. It’s not as manic as Skeletal Lamping or as bitter as False Priest, or anguished like […]

Christians Don’t Even Get This Cross

5 days agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Big Sean “Outro” I wasn’t a fan of Big Sean in his “appearing as a featured artist on random songs” period, in part because he seemed rather bland to me. Not bad or anything, just like a guy who showed up to the studio like “hi, I’m here to do the rapping.” My estimation of […]

Your Favorite Mellow Schizo

5 days agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Joey Bada$$ “O.C.B.” Joey Bada$$ is a proud traditionalist – he clearly worships at the altar of Nas, Biggie, DJ Premier, and Wu-Tang, and is striving to keep that ‘90s NYC aesthetic alive. I love that aesthetic, and so Joey’s music has a comfort food quality to it. There’s no surprises, but when it’s done […]

Observe And Analyze And Empirically Hypothesize

6 days agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Colleen Green “Deeper Than Love” What do you do when you want to experience love and have a serious partner, but are absolutely terrified of anything like actual intimacy? That’s the question of this song, which starts off with doubts about ever being “the marrying kind,” and then goes deeper and deeper until it reaches […]

I Know What I Heard

Never Young “Ur A Front” I’ve been getting sent PR emails about bands for a third of my life now, and I’m very used to publicists saying their artists sound something like some pre-existing well-regarded band. In the case of Never Young, I saw that they were compared to Fugazi, and I reflexively scoffed: Haha, […]

You Are Not My Only Sacrifice

Petite Noir “Come Inside” I love the way this song feels like some kind of ritual to purge someone from your mind. Yannick Ilunga leads a call and response that spirals around a very simple beat, recognizing this person’s power over him and realizing that whatever they had, good or bad, is poisonous now. I’m […]

See How It Feels To Stare Into My Light

Etienne de Crécy featuring Tom Burke “Sunset” A while back, maybe ten years ago, I came to realize that my favorite dance music wasn’t 100% danceable. I mean, yes, you ~can~ dance to it, but it’s not the sort of blunt force beats that will always slay at actual dance clubs. The thing I love […]

The Whats, The Whens, And The Sures

THEESatisfaction featuring Taylor Brown “Fetch/Catch” Cat Harris-White and Stas Irons’ best skill as a duo is their ability to convey strength, ideology, and sometimes anger in a way that feels kind, empathetic, and maternal. There’s a powerful message embedded in this – we don’t need to become harsh and brutal to speak out against terrible […]

Tunnel Vision On A Guap Stack

Earl Sweatshirt “Quest/Power” This track by Budgie & Samiyam is a gorgeous frame for Earl Sweatshirt’s older, richer voice – the tone is classy, sophisticated ‘70s soul, but warped just enough to feel surreal and slightly shabby. The shift into the sliced vocal loop midway through is a brilliant touch, and I’m always a sucker […]

What Love Is

2 weeks agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Soak “Sea Creatures” This is the kind of extremely romantic song only a teenage songwriter and performer can truly nail. I swear I mean this without condescension! There is nothing immature or cringe-inducing about this song – it’s just got a purity of feeling and concern about the perception of others that peaks in adolescence, […]

Fixated On Imaginary Ice Like Freeze Tag

2 weeks agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Knxwledge “getknxyungr[TWRK]” Knxwledge’s remixes keep large chunks of his source material intact while absorbing it into his drowsy, stoned aesthetic. This track is made out of Joe Budden’s “Get No Younger,” but the energy level is dialed down pretty drastically. It’s not chopped and screwed – if anything, the music feels like it’s gone in […]

Pretend It’s 1994

2 weeks agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Diet Cig “Breathless” First off, I want to mention that I’ve been writing this site since 2002 and this is maybe the third or fourth time ever that I’ve featured an artist based in the Hudson Valley, which is where I’m from. This is a duo from New Paltz, and much respect to them for […]

I Feel So Unconvincing

3 weeks agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Father John Misty “The Night Josh Tillman Came To Our Apartment” Father John Misty describes his new record as a concept album about someone who just happens to have the same name as himself, and has many of the same life experiences. That’s a very clever way to disrupt any suspicion that it’s a “confessional” […]

No More Broken Hearts

3 weeks agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Fleetwood Mac @ Prudential Center, Newark NJ The Chain / You Make Loving Fun / Dreams / Second Hand News / Rhiannon / Everywhere / I Know I’m Not Wrong / Tusk / Sisters of the Moon / Say You Love Me / Seven Wonders / Big Love / Landslide / Never Going Back Again […]

We Travel By The Stars

3 weeks agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Dreems “In the Desert” The vocal sample at the start of this track sets up the idea of traveling a great distance with Moses promising to lead the Israelites across the desert, and the music follows through by sounding like a journey. The track has a strong sense of lateral progression, and moves through a […]

Dancing Too Close Behind

3 weeks agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Jessica Pratt “Wrong Hand” Jessica Pratt’s second album benefits greatly from the way it was mic’d. It sounds like there might have been only one used, or maybe two, but it all comes across like it was recorded live to tape in an apartment. You can really feel a sense of space in the sound, […]

Bringing This Back To Life

4 weeks agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Charli XCX featuring Rita Ora “Doing It” (A.C. Cook Remix) I listened to this A.G. Cook remix of this Charli XCX song before I ever heard the original mix, and going back to that proper version is horrible for me now because it just sounds so slow and lethargic. Cook’s mix keeps the structure of […]

A Hefty Catalog Of Wasted Time

4 weeks agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Belle & Sebastian “Play for Today” It’s easy to feel trapped in your life if you’ve bought into a story you’ve told yourself since you were very young, and the only way out of it is to write a new story for yourself. Stuart Murdoch’s character in “Play for Today” starts off feeling lonely and […]

My High School Dreams

last monthMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Toro Y Moi “Empty Nesters” I love when artists throw you a real curveball. Like, who knew that the almighty king of chillwave would be a power pop natural, and could effortlessly channel the best of Matthew Sweet, Electric Light Orchestra, and Todd Rundgren? This is a pretty big stylistic leap for Toro Y Moi, […]

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