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 »
White Lung don't sound like Hole. They don't sound like L7, either. The only way they'd sound like Babes In Toyland is if you shot Babes In Toyland full of adrenaline and then forced them to claw…   Read Story »
The minute the L.A. trio clipping. emerged, combining clinically precise raps with assaultive squalls of electro-noise, they invited comparison to another California group, Death Grips. But those…   Read Story »
What a great day for punk rock. My real favorite album of the week is Fucked Up's bleary, anxious, grown-up hardcore masterwork Glass Boys, a grand and surging piece of work that I can't write about…   Read Story »
People don't talk about Trash Talk's music. We talk about Trash Talk as an avenging force, or as a torch-bearing institution dedicated to reminding us of the days when you could get your fucking head…   Read Story »