There's no nice way to say this, but during a busier week, Paracosm, the second album from Washed Out, wouldn't have gotten that Album Of The Week nod. During next Tuesday's new-release avalanche…   Read Story »
Thanks to years of label drama and just the simple passage of time, it's easy to forget the various ways that Anne Lilia Berge Strand changed the way dorks on the internet listened to, and thought…   Read Story »
R&B is different in England. Some of it is that old, stereotypical British reserve, but a lot of other factors are at work, too. In the UK, the music doesn't have nearly the church pedigree that it…   Read Story »
Of all the moderately popular bands with the word "fuck" in their band name, Fucked Up is and will always be my favorite. But London's Fuck Buttons, now three albums deep into a career that turns…   Read Story »
A week and a half after Jay-Z's Magna Carta Holy Grail went out to a million Samsung users, another long-pedigreed Brooklyn rapper found an unconventional way to release an album. But this one was…   Read Story »
Sometime in the late '80s or early '90s, David Lynch and cartoonishly handsome honky-tonk revivalist Chris Isaak inexplicably became good buds. Lynch used Isaak songs in Blue Velvet and Wild At Heart…   Read Story »
The parallel is both obvious and ludicrous, and I kind of hate myself for making it, but just bear with me for a minute. Two years ago, a ferocious veteran rapper and a boundary-smashing,…   Read Story »
In the mid-'60s, when garage rock was first starting to be a thing, bands weren't trying to play garage rock. They were trying to be the Beatles, or (more often) the Rolling Stones. But their sloppy…   Read Story »
Music critics make mistakes all the time, and I made one two years ago, when I reviewed Austra's debut album Feel It Break for Pitchfork. I gave that album a positive review, but it was one of those…   Read Story »
It's been the year of grand returns, of nerd-beloved touchstones coming back after long silences and cranking out the cohesive studio products that we'd learned to stop expecting from them long ago.…   Read Story »