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 »
Before I dug deep into Honeys, the new album from the feral Allentown scrape-rockers Pissed Jeans, I had this whole opening-paragraph riff planned about Sub Pop Records: How the label has gone…   Read Story »