"That Getter," the first single from DJ Quik's new album The Midnight Life, had one guest, and that guest's name was David Blake. David Blake is Quik's birth name, so I assumed this was Quik himself,…   Read Story »
There are so many good new albums coming out this week -- from Ex Hex, from Steve Gunn, from Zola Jesus, from Vashti Bunyan -- but this week still turned into a two-horse race between Tinashe's…   Read Story »
The music isn't the first thing you'll notice about Lydia Ainsworth's video for "Malachite," one of the year's best clips. Visually, the clip is a hypnotic nightmare, a cryptic tableau of…   Read Story »
This is one of those difficult weeks, one of those weeks when choosing one favorite album becomes a near-impossible task. It's the week when Aphex Twin came back after a decade-plus absence with…   Read Story »
On Twitter last week, the writer Rich Juzwiak posted this: "There is shit on the Juan MacLean album that sounds like soulful house if they removed the soul and left the corpse singing." Rich meant…   Read Story »
If you've ever lived in a big city and then left for the boonies, a couple of things will never get old. One is the relative novelty of being able to look up and see stars -- not just one or two of…   Read Story »
A decade ago, when Death From Above 1979 first stalked the earth, it was hard to know what to do with them. They weren't dance-punk, and they weren't noise-rock, though if you squinted hard enough,…   Read Story »
The TV miniseries Cosmos, both in its O.G. Carl Sagan form and its rebooted Neil DeGrasse Tyson iteration, works, if you want it to, as a smart science lesson for kids. It's a lionization of the…   Read Story »
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 »