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The Anniversary

Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix Turns 10

The year was 2009; the song was "1901." Even more so than "My Girls," "Two Weeks," and "Stillness Is The Move" -- and arguably only…
Chris DeVille | May 24, 2019 - 12:00 pm

Watch The National Make A Quick Return To Colbert With “Rylan”

The National just played Stephen Colbert's Late Show last week, but they were already back at the Ed Sullivan Theater last night to do it…
Chris DeVille | May 24, 2019 - 9:20 am

The Week In Pop

Jonas Brothers Are Pulling Off One Of The More Impressive Pop Comebacks In Recent Memory

Sometimes you enter into a pop cultural universe late and have to work backwards to fill in the gaps. Maybe you've decided to binge several…
Chris DeVille | May 23, 2019 - 4:32 pm

Sleater-Kinney’s New St. Vincent-Produced Album Is Called The Center Won’t Hold

At the top of this year we learned the very exciting news that Sleater-Kinney would soon be returning with their first album since 2015 comeback…
Chris DeVille | May 23, 2019 - 3:12 pm

Ed Sheeran Announces New Album Of Collaborations

Ed Sheeran can be annoying, but I have to give him credit for using his massive celebrity in interesting ways sometimes. One of those ways:…
Chris DeVille | May 23, 2019 - 9:40 am

Future Islands Once Got R. Kelly Dropped From An Ohio Festival: Report

During its four years of existence, the now-defunct Fashion Meets Music Festival played out like a longform Fyre Fest for Columbus residents. Despite regular boasts…
Chris DeVille | May 22, 2019 - 8:50 pm

Oso Oso – “Dig (II)”

Emo favorites Oso Oso are returning this summer with Basking In The Glow, their first album since signing to Triple Crown last year in the…
Chris DeVille | May 22, 2019 - 12:13 pm

Hopscotch 2019 Lineup

The North Carolina music festival Hopscotch puts together a fantastic lineup annually, and this year's is no exception. Sleater-Kinney will headline the festivities around Raleigh…
Chris DeVille | May 21, 2019 - 11:21 am

Mike Donovan – “B.O.C. Rate Applied” Video

Mike Donovan is the mind behind skuzzy San Francisco garage-psych greats Sic Alps and the more placid (but still slightly skewed) offshoot project Peacers. He's…
Chris DeVille | May 21, 2019 - 11:07 am

Flying Lotus – “Black Balloons Reprise” (Feat. Denzel Curry)

Flying Lotus is back this week with his first album in five years, the guest-heavy Flamagra. We've already heard tracks with David Lynch, Little Dragon,…
Chris DeVille | May 21, 2019 - 10:49 am

Steve Lacy – “Outro Freestyle” Video (Feat. Abra)

Steve Lacy is having a massive May. The 20-year-old Internet guitarist is all over Vampire Weekend's #1 album Father Of The Bride -- catch him…
Chris DeVille | May 20, 2019 - 3:37 pm

Samia – “Ode To Artifice” Video (Feat. Mary-Louise Parker)

I've been enjoying recent Samia singles like "Lasting Friend" and the Active Bird Community collaboration "Somewhere," and her set at our Range Life party during…
Chris DeVille | May 20, 2019 - 2:15 pm

Teenage Drake’s Notebook For Sale, Includes Early Lyrics And Lacoste Wishlist

You, an informed consumer of pop culture, are aware of Aubrey Drake Graham's pre-rap history acting on the Canadian teen soap opera Degrassi: The Next
Chris DeVille | May 20, 2019 - 10:47 am

Tyler, The Creator – “EARFQUAKE” Video (Feat. Tracee Ellis Ross)

We've been anticipating Tyler, The Creator's new album Igor since he announced it last week, and fortunately it's out today. Even better, along with the…
Chris DeVille | May 17, 2019 - 3:38 pm

The Anniversary

The Soft Bulletin Turns 20

The Flaming Lips have survived and evolved through an astonishing number of indie-rock life cycles. They were labelmates with Fear, Wipers, and the Dead Milkmen…
Chris DeVille | May 17, 2019 - 11:45 am

Comments from Chris DeVille

I actually like Shields better too. And I know some people like Yellow House the best. I think this is the consensus pick though? Or maybe I'm mistaken.
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May 24, 2019 on Veckatimest Turns 10
In all seriousness it's because unlike some of my co-workers, I just recently got into Denzel and I haven't taken a proper dive into his music yet. But the post is updated accordingly, thanks!
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May 21, 2019 on Flying Lotus – “Black Balloons Reprise” (Feat. Denzel Curry)
Alright got the YG and Hayden Thorpe added to the list for y'all
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May 21, 2019 on Album Of The Week: Cate Le Bon Reward
I don't feel like '99 was weak for albums (says the guy who has a '99 album as his Twitter avatar)
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May 17, 2019 on Play Turns 20
Another so-uncool-it's-cool thing to behold tbh
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May 16, 2019 on Behold The 1975 In 2019
I chose the most polarizing picture I could find!
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May 16, 2019 on Behold The 1975 In 2019
Maybe Tom's most ridiculous rating tbh. This should be AT LEAST an 8.
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May 15, 2019 on The Number Ones: Elton John’s “Bennie And The Jets”
This was cool, but 2010 remains the National-on-TV gold standard https://youtu.be/u5C2WVCruPM
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May 15, 2019 on Watch The National Play “You Had Your Soul With You” On Colbert
Every time I listen to I Am Easy To Find, I figure I MUST be near the end and then I find out I am only eight or nine songs deep. I do agree with Ryan that the second half is more consistently rewarding, and I appreciate it more as moments from individual songs begin to imprint themselves on my memory. But I think the true conversion point will be experiencing the songs live, which was true for the last couple records as well.
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May 14, 2019 on Album Of The Week: Operators Radiant Dawn
Keep goddamned spoiler paranoia out of music reviewing, plz and thank u
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May 13, 2019 on Premature Evaluation: The National I Am Easy To Find
Mine is peak Scott: "Every Breath You Take"
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May 13, 2019 on “Old Town Road” Is #1 For The 6th Week, “ME!” Drops To #3
You know what, I just remembered Michael saying "Harmony Hall" and "Jerusalem, New York, Berlin" were the best songs Ezra's ever written, so seeing as "Harmony Hall" was an advance single (and our #1 song of the week upon release!) I guess he would have voted for "Jerusalem, New York, Berlin"
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May 11, 2019 on The 5 Best Songs Of The Week
Also I'm not sure which VW song it would have been! I would have voted for "Stranger" and James would have voted for "Sympathy" and Julia would have voted for "Rich Man" and I don't even know which one Michael would have voted for but you get the point.
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May 10, 2019 on The 5 Best Songs Of The Week
We are erring on the side of not including tracks from new album drops when we've already heavily covered the release. Like, we easily could have picked VW and Big Thief songs to go here, but we've communicated our love for those albums extensively by now. Why not spread the love?
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May 10, 2019 on The 5 Best Songs Of The Week
I dropped it in there days ago (I tend to fill in the lower sections of the column whenever I have a spare minute throughout the week) and tbh I don't even remember what it was. But I went ahead and swapped in Lizzo and Frank.
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May 9, 2019 on Ciara Is Living Her Best Life But Not Making Her Best Music
Oops thanks, will fix.
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May 7, 2019 on Phantom Planet – “Balisong”
Low blow! I have expressed nothing but contempt for "ME!" and have converted both of my sub-kindergarten daughters in "Old Town Road" fans.
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May 6, 2019 on Even Taylor Swift Can’t Knock “Old Town Road” From #1
I haven't ever listened to Jamie T but I've seen a lot of British publications making that connection.
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May 3, 2019 on The Time Has Come To Discuss Yungblud