This Album Of The Week column has been running for nearly three years now, so it's something of a surprise that Ty Segall has only appeared in this space once before. (He won Album Of The Week honors…   Read Story »
Pallbearer don't sound like Black Sabbath. Or they do, sort of, but only to the extent that early Low sounds like a Phil Spector girl group, or that second-album Bon Iver sounds like Bruce Hornsby.…   Read Story »
Tahliah Barnett was a dancer before she was a singer, and that matters. Dancers learn ways to inhabit music differently, to physically respond to it, to internalize it and make it a part of their…   Read Story »
What was the best hair-metal band of the '80s? Guns N' Roses is the obvious answer, and Axl Rose did have some impressively big hair in the "Welcome To The Jungle" video, but that band (smartly)…   Read Story »
Track five on the new Jenny Lewis album starts like this: "When I turned 16, I was furious and reckless / Got a Chelsea girl haircut and a plane ticket to Paris." The song is about meeting another…   Read Story »
I might as well get some boring full-disclosure stuff out of the way first: Nick Sylvester, a great friend and former colleague of mine, produced this album, and he's putting it out on Godmode, his…   Read Story »
"A new life, a new craze, a new sound, all the rage," Geoff Rickly sings on "Serious Business," the first song from United Nations' new album The Next Four Years -- except he's demonically howling…   Read Story »
"Lately, I've been singing love songs by myself." "It looks like I'm the one who lost." "Never win, you know you'll never win." On the page, these are elegant phrases, sharply drawn pieces of…   Read Story »
I won't lie: This was a rough week. Some weeks are rough because there are so many great albums that, when I pick one, I'm doing a disservice to all the others. And then some weeks are rough because…   Read Story »
Here's something we never really knew before: Tom Krell can sing. Krell has been releasing music as How To Dress Well for something like six years, but he's kept his voice obscured, shrouded in…   Read Story »