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Girlpool’s Powerplant Is an Album of Uncommon Depth

On their new album, Girlpool takes risks without losing their radical vulnerability. by Nathan Tucker There’s a moment in the middle of “123”—the stunning opening track from Girlpool’s new record, Powerplant—that crystallizes the 28 minutes to come. Show More Summary

Unpacking the Razorblade Suitcase: 21 Years of Complicated Love for Bush

What if you realized that Gavin Rossdale’s lyrics were your most profound literary influence? by Elissa Washuta U nfortunately, Bush's Razorblade Suitcase is my all-time favorite record. I'm not ashamed that I've listened to it dozens...Show More Summary

Michael Kiwanuka Sings His Heart Out

His sophomore album is lush, challenging, and often foreboding. by Santi Elijah Holley A few years ago, Michael Kiwanuka was in crisis mode. His debut album, Home Again, had sold more than 70,000 copies, won the BBC’s Sound of 2012, and was nominated for the UK’s prestigious Mercury Prize. Show More Summary

Get Over It: Fleet Foxes Are a Great Band

Their first new album in six years proves that Fleet Foxes are worth returning to by Kathleen Tarrant I t's been six years since locally grown band Fleet Foxes, led by songwriter and vocalist Robin Pecknold, released their deft sophomore...Show More Summary

Two Directions: Harry Styles and Damon Albarn Shake Off Pop Stardom in Radically Different Ways

Pop stars go rock. Rock stars go pop. Just stop your crying, it's a sign of the times. by Sean Nelson H arry Styles, the debut solo album from Harry Styles, formerly of the British boy band One Direction, comes out this week. This is...Show More Summary

Dark Side of the Tune—Nordra and Zen Mother's Art of Noise

Multifaceted guitarist Monika Khot is poised to take experimental music to the masses by Dave Segal I f you've been hitting underground rock and electronic shows over the last two years, you've probably heard and seen Monika Khot playing...Show More Summary

The Magnetic Fields' 50 Song Memoir Is a Glorious Letdown

No album with numbers in the title can ever be as good as 69 Love Songs, but 50 Song Memoir is pretty good. by Rich Smith S tephin Merritt sounds like a hunchback singing Cole Porter songs from a bell tower in the city of true romance, and I love him every second for it. Show More Summary

Whither Upstream? To Go or Not to Go?

The Upstream sets you don't want to miss (if you're going to Upstream, that is) by Sean Nelson T wo popular ideas about music festivals: 1. They are a fun way to see a bunch of bands you like and maybe discover some new ones while celebrating the hedonistic pleasures of community. 2. Show More Summary

Cram for the Kehlani Tsunami

Essential Songs by the Oakland-Raised R&B Singer by Jenni Moore In 2013, Kehlani Ashley Parrish was houseless. It’d been a year since she’d left her post as the lead singer of the girl group Poplyfe, citing managerial and contractual issues. Show More Summary

Cataldo Hits Their Sweet Spot on Keepers

Eric Anderson's Perfectionist Streak Is Starting to Pay Off. Not Financially, But... by Amber Cortes F or someone who has less than 12 hours to write 20 songs, Eric Anderson doesn't seem too stressed out (yet). The mastermind behind Cataldo is taking part in a songwriting challenge with some musician pals. Show More Summary

Why Should I Give a Fuck About Giorgio Moroder?

There's more to Italian super-producer Giorgio Moroder than erotic disco Epics and "Call Me" (though they're good, too) by Dave Segal Years Active: 48. Provenance: Urtijëi, Italy. Essential Albums: Son of My Father, Einzelgänger, From...Show More Summary

Carl Newman of the New Pornographers Talks about Defying Expectations and Whiteout Conditions

Carl Newman on refusing to age gracefully as the New Pornographers return to the world with their first new LP in three years, minus Kurt Dahle and Dan Bejar. by Sean Nelson T alking about rock music, in particular the indie-pop strain,...Show More Summary

A Conversation with Mitski, Indie Rock’s Favorite Bard

Mitski’s Puberty 2 is one of the greatest indie rock records ever. by Ciara Dolan Last year, Mitski Miyawaki released what will go down as one of the greatest indie rock records of all time, Puberty 2. It’s Mitski’s fourth full-length,...Show More Summary

Why Eric Elbogen Is Saying Bye to His Band, Say Hi

Seattle Musician Eric Elbogen Is Saying Bye to His Band Say Hi After 10 Albums and 15 Years by Dave Segal S ay Hi, the musical project of Seattle multi-instrumentalist Eric Elbogen, has come to an end after 15 years of mostly positive critical reception and middling commercial success. Show More Summary

The Southern Salvation of Adia Victoria

The Southern Salvation of Adia Victoria by Santi Elijah Holley I t's easy to forget, in its current whitewashed and sterilized state, that blues music used to be dark and dangerous. From Robert Johnson’s hellhounds to Geeshie Wiley’s buzzards, there was a time, many decades ago, when blues was the devil’s music. Show More Summary

Rip It Up and Start Over

Second Time's a Charm for Dude York's Sincerely by Amber Cortes S ometimes it takes a second try to get it right. Seattle power-pop trio Dude York's new album, Sincerely (out February 24 on Hardly Art), is loaded with strident riffs and yell-along anthems. Show More Summary

Bands I Pretended to Like for Boys. Part Nine: Dave Matthews

I Don't Listen to Dave Matthews Anymore, but I'm Glad I Did by Kathleen Tarrant T his one's a little different, but I think it's important. I was 9, in that blissful last stretch before puberty, skidding down California streets on my two-wheeler, Walkman clipped to my jean shorts. Show More Summary

Bands I Pretended to Like for Boys. Part Eight: Rush

Part of Me Wanted to "Get" Rush Because They're Marketed as a Boys' Band by Kathleen Tarrant H e worked at a pizza place and played bass. Sometimes he would drive over to my house at midnight to bring me peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwiches...Show More Summary

Clipping. Extend the Legacy of the Hiphop Outsider

Clipping. Extend the Legacy of the Hiphop Outsider by Dave Segal L os Angeles trio clipping. are the latest anomalous group recording for that unlikely incubator of outsider hiphop, Sub Pop. As home to intergalactic explorers Shabazz...Show More Summary

Ace Frehley Soldiers On

Ace Frehley Soldiers On by Mark Lore F ew bands can split a room like KISS. Many fans are so blindly devoted that they probably wouldn’t hesitate to buy an album of the band farting for 30 minutes. Detractors... well, they likely think the group’s records already sound like 30 minutes of farting. Show More Summary

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