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Your Eyes Were Like A Living Fire

4 hours agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Lower Dens “Non Grata” The gender identity in this song is so fluid it’s hard to get a read on who is saying what to whom and when, but I think that’s basically the point. We all have something primal and dominant in us somewhere, and it’s more about a feeling of NEED than traditional […]

When I Don’t Look Down

Ashley Monroe “On To Something Good” Ashley Monroe isn’t known for writing upbeat songs, and that really comes through in a song like this, which is genuinely sunny and optimistic. The good vibes in this song are clearly hard-won, and it’s sung from the perspective of someone who’s been knocked around a lot by life […]

Demolition Might Crush

2 days agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Kendrick Lamar featuring Bilal, Anna Wise, and Thundercat “These Walls” I’ve been listening to To Pimp A Butterfly pretty much every day since it came out, but have held off on writing about it because I found it hard to pick one song to focus on. It’s all so tied together that it feels like […]

Sweet Kisses And The Sounds Of Pleasure

6 days agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Father featuring Richposlim “BET Uncut” Father’s new mixtape isn’t necessarily the first time I’ve heard dudes do ultra-horny rap tracks that are also very respectful of women, but it’s maybe the first time I’ve heard that be the primary focus of a rapper’s lyrics. The lyrics on Who’s Gonna Get Fucked First? are consistently sex […]

Blood Pooling On The Canvas

The Mountain Goats “Werewolf Gimmick” I love the way John Darnielle writes about wrestling because he’s so zeroed in on the exact thing that makes the contrived theatricality of the sport resonate with young people who feel powerless. This song is sung from the perspective of a vicious heel, and is basically just him ranting […]

The Mirror Of Your Eyes

Rihanna “Dancing in the Dark” It’s a little too easy to imagine Rihanna as being an EQ setting or an artificial intelligence rather than an actual human singer – even her warmest vocal performances feel vaguely inhuman to me. But I don’t mean this as an insult! Pretty all of her best songs work because […]

How Can Something So Free Feel So Rehearsed

Grimes featuring Bleachers “Entropy” This is a very interesting time for Grimes – she’s pushing herself to write full-on pop music and figuring out different ways of doing that while retaining her sense of identity, but it’s still very unclear where she’s going to end up when she puts out another full-length record. I’m glad […]

Kissing Anybody That’s Around Us

Madonna featuring Nicki Minaj “Bitch, I’m Madonna” The last time Madonna released an album I wrote a whole thing about how depressing it is to hear her struggling to chase trends and fit in with contemporary pop when really, that ought to be below her. I would love to hear a Madonna without compromise, especially […]

All She Ever Wanted Was Another Friend

2 weeks agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Avid Dancer “All the Other Girls” I will admit that sometimes when I hear this song I focus on the guitar part on the bridge and try to remember which R.E.M. song it comes from. I swear it comes from something Peter Buck has done! (The lead part on the bridge also feels very Reveal […]

You Better Have An Awfully Big Boat

2 weeks agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Speedy Ortiz “Raising the Skate” Sadie Dupuis has a very ‘90s indie rock guitar style – it’s all winding melodies, but with chunky loud bits for emphasis. You don’t get a lot of this style from younger musicians today, so it’s very refreshing to my aging ears. But while Dupuis and her band have an […]

Haven’t Slept In Days

2 weeks agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Echo Lake “Waves” Shoegaze and dream pop are indie subgenres that make me a little wary. It’s not that I don’t appreciate the aesthetics – I do, I’m not a monster – but that I’ve heard so many bands hide their mediocrity or outright incompetence behind a wall of fuzz and buried vocals that I’ve […]

Lost You In A Dream

2 weeks agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Tobias Jesso Jr. “Can’t Stop Thinking About You” Everything about this song, from the melodies on down to the vocal style, screams “wimpy ‘70s lite rock.” Well, except for how minimal it is – this recording sounds like it may have been a demo in another context, or at least the basic track before the […]

We Beg While We Chew

3 weeks agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Modest Mouse “The Best Room” I suspect I’d be annoyed by the sentiment of “The Best Room” if it was a song by a lot of other artists, but I actively want to hear Isaac Brock sing from the perspective of a grumpy misanthrope. He’s just really, really good at it. This song is part […]

Everybody Likes To Talk

3 weeks agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Matthew E. White “Rock & Roll Is Cold” There are certain strains of music that I’m not even sure qualify as “retro” anymore, since they never really go away. I think a song like “Rock & Roll Is Cold” trades on a certain comfort level the audience may have with ‘70s rock, but there’s really […]

I’m Sure It’s A Bore Being You

3 weeks agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Courtney Barnett “Small Poppies” Courtney Barnett is the only vocalist on “Small Poppies,” but I hear it as a duet. As she sings about feeling anxious and annoyed by the way her relationship with someone is slowly dissolving, the lead guitar plays the role of the other person. That part is shimmering and lovely but […]

Every Day Of My Life

3 weeks agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Hot Chip “Huarache Lights” technology and a lot of songs about feeling old, but it’s rare to find a song that’s about both and isn’t remotely hysterical about either. Most of the guys in Hot Chip are DJs when they’re not playing in the band, and this track clearly comes out of that experience, with […]

The Girl That Electrifies The Storm

4 weeks agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds “Riverman” This one starts off sounding like Noel Gallagher trying to remember how to play “Wonderwall,” but then kinda getting into this other groove before getting distracted and deciding to turn the whole thing into his version of something from Dark Side of the Moon. But I don’t say that […]

When Your Angels Fall Out Of The Sky

4 weeks 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

4 weeks agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

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

last monthMusic / 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 […]

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