If you know one thing about Brooklyn punk band the So So Glos, it's that they're good friends and frequent tourmates of Titus Andronicus, and if you know two things about them, it's that they're OGs…   Read Story »
The British singer Charli XCX emerged from the internet ether about a year and a half ago, around the same time most of us noticed Grimes, and she seemed cut from the same cloth. In her videos, she…   Read Story »
Three or four years ago, I saw Kurt Vile play one of the worst live sets of my life. He was the second act on a triple-bill at Chicago's Empty Bottle, one that also featured Fucked Up and Zola Jesus,…   Read Story »
When people describe Olympia, Washington, they usually talk about it as a deep-wooded, weeded-out hippie enclave, but I'm not sure they get across how much of a deep-wooded, weeded-out hippie enclave…   Read Story »
I love a lot of underground metal, but I'm a pretty bad underground metal fan. Underground metal, less a scene or even a single genre and more a vast interconnected web of global subcultures, doesn't…   Read Story »
I was worried about this one, and I was mostly worried because "Suit & Tie" sounds less like a first single and more like a work of brand maintenance. Jay-Z's indolent guest-verse was what really got…   Read Story »
You have to have a lot of balls to cover My Bloody Valentine, a band nobody's ever going to match guitar swirl-for-guitar swirl. The Canadian singer Rachel Zeffira has that. But in her take on "To…   Read Story »
Some weeks, a simple and clear choice for Album Of The Week presents itself, and I don't have to spend all week racking my brains over who should get this entirely arbitrary distinction. That doesn't…   Read Story »
Interesting things are happening in R&B lately, with guys like Frank Ocean and Miguel and the Weeknd pushing the genre in directions both introspective and sonically expansive, somehow getting…   Read Story »
Even when he was a fresh-faced punk, Nick Cave never sounded like a fresh-faced punk. Back on those Birthday Party records, he sounded like a wizened, apocalyptic rage-prophet. And over the course of…   Read Story »