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 »
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 »
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 »