Listen to the god damn drums. There's a lot to like about Here And Nowhere Else, the new Cloud Nothings album: The snot-punk hooks, the scraped-out guitar textures, the overwhelming refusal to…   Read Story »
One of my favorite tropes in pop music is the readymade greatest-hits album, the album so packed with perfectly crafted pop nuggets that every one of its tracks seems destined for airplay. There…   Read Story »
One great thing about great rap albums: They can lead to more great rap albums. When he made Good Kid, m.A.A.d. City in 2012, Kendrick Lamar changed things, showing it was possible to make a rap…   Read Story »
Chances are great that you, the reader sitting at home, give barely half a fuck (if that) about SXSW. Maybe you think it looks like fun, maybe you're hoping to go one year, maybe you've been before,…   Read Story »
This week, two primal, grizzled, loud, messy rock albums come out, and I had a hell of a time choosing between them. I'm still not sure I made the right call. The self-titled debut from the Leeds…   Read Story »
If you've ever seen Schoolboy Q live, you've probably seen him doing the dance he does: Both hands up, pogoing sideways, spinning, careening, head bobbling madly in every direction. It's a chaotic,…   Read Story »
Half Way Home, the 2012 album with which Angel Olsen built her name, was a great album, but its greatness was the sort that you can only really admire from a distance. Whether purposefully or as a…   Read Story »
If you spend enough time with the new Sun Kil Moon album Benji, there is every chance that you will end up crying sooner or later. The first time I misted up to the album, it was during a relatively…   Read Story »
If you're old enough to actually remember the 1980s, there's a particular sound -- a ticking arpeggio, a guitar made to sound like a synth or a synth made to sound like a guitar -- that probably…   Read Story »
As you know, this is usually Tom's column. But I'm taking over this week to talk about one of the most anticipated experimental albums of the season. Things will be back to normal next week. Last…   Read Story »