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A Little More Like You

5 hours agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Pip Blom “Truth” There’s a part of my brain that hears Pip Blom’s songs and starts running a scan of my memory to figure out where I’ve heard her rhythms and chord progressions before. It’s all Alt-Rock 101 stuff, so it’s like — is that “Polly”? is that “Song 2”? is that some PJ Harvey […]

The Boy With The Square Eyes

Melkbelly “Elk Mountain” Melkbelly is remarkably fully formed for a band with only a couple singles out: a very defined guitar aesthetic; good melodies; a strong sense of urgency in everything they’ve produced. Guitar parts in Melkbelly songs are constantly moving – snaking around the beat, scraping against the groove, making hairpin turns just after […]

Shake When The Lights Go Off

2 days agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Jay Som “I Think You’re Alright” “I Think You’re Alright” stars off in a way that does not signal in any way that a good guitar solo will come later on, and when it does come it’s slightly startling even after hearing it a few times over. It feels small and intimate in a way […]

Incredible Thunder

5 days agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Amy O “Canteen” “Canteen” sounds cheerful but also a bit nervous, as though every beat and melodic turn in it is guided by a quiet ever-present anxiety. Amy O’s lyrics call back to childhood – the very first line is “elementary school was a breeze” – but that sentimental imagery is laced through a song […]

Lips And Nails

6 days agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Angelic Milk “Rebel Black” Angelic Milk is music made by a Russian teen who seems to be obsessed with a romanticized concept of the angst-ridden American teenager. There’s several layers of irony to their project, but it’s not enough to obscure a genuine feeling. “Rebel Black” is built out of references, but they’re largely gestures […]

Ripping Down Stars

Sleigh Bells “Rule Number One” Casey Kasem used to end his Top 40 broadcasts by telling listeners to “keep your feet on the ground, but keep reaching for the stars.” In other words, be ambitious, but also pragmatic. Alexis Krauss offers a more impatient and aggressive version of that thought in “Rule Number One,” belting […]

We Do Have Reputations

Mitski “Once More To See You” “Once More to See You” is built upon the “Be My Baby” beat, an easy signifier of aching romance in pop music. But it’s slowed just enough that you hang on every hit, anticipating something that you know is coming but still somehow feels slightly too far away. That […]

Just Another Perfect Night

Beck “Wow” “Wow” slots into the Odelay/Midnite Vultures/Guero wing of the Beck discography, but it doesn’t feel quite like anything from those records. This song, along with last year’s “Dreams,” finds Beck exploring a vibe that’s so chill that it’s nearly vapid. There’s a void at the center of most of his late period material, […]

Hold The Moonlight In Your Hands

Ariana Grande “Moonlight” Ariana Grande’s major hits tend to be uptempo and sorta blaring, or force her into pairing up with pop rappers who seem arbitrarily selected and artificially forced into the song. I much prefer her in ballad mode, particularly when she aims for nostalgia and innocence, as on “Moonlight.” The song is extremely […]

O O O Baby

Colleen Green “U Coulda Been An A” There’s been a lot of Ramones in Colleen Green’s music all along, but lately she’s made Ramones pastiche the focus of her work. The Ramones aesthetic frames her songwriting skills in a very flattering way, particularly in her talent for expressing her complex neuroses very plainly. By tapping […]

Repelled And Pulled

2 weeks agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Cass McCombs “Opposite House” The lyrics of “Opposite House” suggest a living situation so narrow and cut off from the outside world that it’s brought on a sort of madness, but the sound of the song feels rather open and airy. There’s an indication that the space in one’s mind can be very different from […]

Just The Same As Clockwork

2 weeks agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Kip McGrath “Clock Hands” Good news, everybody! I’ve found the best chill indie song of summer 2016. The one that will sound perfect when you’re in a backyard, on a roof, in a car, near some body of water, or just walking around with headphones on. The song that will make you feel relaxed and […]

Questioning Everything

2 weeks agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

The Kills “Whirling Eye” The Kills have always eagerly embraced artifice and glamor, but in a way that more about deciding who you want to be rather than pretending to be something you’re not. They project an atmosphere so strong and a vibe so vivid that it can momentarily change your reality: Maybe you’re not […]

1982 Survey Mix

3 weeks agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Here’s the eighth in my series of 1980s survey mixes, which are moving backwards in time from 1989 to the start of the decade. These compilations are designed to give more context to the music of the ‘80s, and give a sense of how various niches and trends overlapped in this cultural moment. We’re in […]

Nightmares Come And They Don’t Go

3 weeks agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Bat for Lashes @ Music Hall of Williamsburg 6/2/2016 I Do / Joe’s Dream / In God’s House / Honeymooning Alone / Sunday Love / Never Forgive the Angels / Close Encounters / If I Knew / I Will Love Again // Laura / We’ve Only Just Begun / What’s A Girl to Do? / […]

Maybe This Is All In My Head

3 weeks agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

School ’94 “Common Sense” The name of this band is School ’94, but the sound of it is a lot more indie ’84, so when I first heard it I was ready for the vocals to be fairly thin and twee, as that’s generally who gravitates to this aesthetic over the past 15 years or […]

The Whole Building Was Burning

4 weeks agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

ASAP Ferg featuring Skrillex and Crystal Caines “Hungry Ham” It’s been gratifying to see Skrillex gradually transition from the punchline of dumb EDM jokes to high-profile producer, especially since taking himself out of the spotlight has a way of highlighting the musicality that’s been at the core of his work all along. It’s vindicating! His […]

Disappear Into Enternity

4 weeks agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

King “Supernatural (Extended Mix)” “Supernatural” follows a slightly odd trajectory, but the song is so heavy on atmosphere and texture that’s it easy to ignore the underlying structure of it. It’s a bit too much to say that this is like shoegaze R&B – it doesn’t go too far into that territory to make sense […]

Our Movements Are Elliptical

4 weeks agoMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Corinne Baily Rae “Been to the Moon” The lyrics of “Been to the Moon” are about feeling frustrated, but the sound is relaxed and groovy. And that makes sense, because Corinne Bailey Rae is singing from the perspective of someone who has a lot of clarity on her situation, and knows that if this person […]

I Keep A Vision Of A Life That’s Free

last monthMusic / Rock & Pop : Fluxblog

Wolf Parade “Floating World” Dan Boeckner has many bands – Wolf Parade, Handsome Furs, Divine Fits, Operators – but regardless of who he’s playing with, his style is essentially the same. Boeckner’s aesthetic mixes twitchy new wave with a slurring dirtbag glam vibe, so he always sounds like some sexy rocker dude who’s dealing with […]

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