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While You Were Laughing At Mariah Carey She Was Making Yet Another Dope Album

Do you remember what you were doing the night of December 31, 2016? Just after midnight, I was at home watching Dick Clark's New Year's
Chris DeVille | November 15, 2018 - 4:32 pm

NIIGHTS – “Keyhole”

Cleveland band NIIGHTS claim allegiance to Smashing Pumpkins and My Bloody Valentine, but their musical output is harder to triangulate than those influences might indicate.
Chris DeVille | November 15, 2018 - 9:05 am


Willie Watson & Tim Blake Nelson – “When A Cowboy Trades His Spurs For Wings”

The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs, the new six-part anthology by the Coen brothers, is premiering on Netflix this Friday after a limited theatrical run. The…
Chris DeVille | November 14, 2018 - 2:04 pm

NJ Family Enlisted Sha Na Na Member To Help Identify “The Watcher” Terrorizing Them

Are y'all familiar with the saga surrounding "The Watcher," the mysterious stalker who terrorized a family with eerily specific letters after they purchased a million-dollar…
Chris DeVille | November 14, 2018 - 12:07 pm

Watch Black-ish’s Prince Tribute Episode

For its 100th episode, Black-ish aired a Prince tribute last night. If you have a cable login, you can watch the whole thing here; if…
Chris DeVille | November 14, 2018 - 11:03 am

Riff Raff Will Face Trial In Sexual Assault Lawsuit

Riff Raff, the rapper born Horst Christian Simco, will stand trial in a $12 million sexual assault lawsuit next year in Nevada, Pitchfork reports.
Chris DeVille | November 13, 2018 - 5:34 pm

Big Ears 2019 Lineup

Knoxville's endlessly adventurous Big Ears festival has finalized its 2019 lineup. Spiritualized, who made their triumphant return with And Nothing Hurt this year, will headline…
Chris DeVille | November 13, 2018 - 10:53 am

Superchunk – “Our Work Is Done” (Feat. Damian Abraham) & “Total Eclipse” (Klaus Nomi Cover)

Superchunk already blessed us with a whole fiery and purposeful album this year, What A Time To Be Alive. But they're a generous lot, so…
Chris DeVille | November 13, 2018 - 10:04 am

Girlpool – “Hire”

A month ago, Girlpool released "Where You Sink" and "Lucy's," a pair of extremely promising new songs that showed the band continuing to evolve into…
Chris DeVille | November 13, 2018 - 9:52 am

Watch First Aid Kit & The Staves Cover The Roches’ “Runs In The Family”

First Aid Kit and the Staves are two of the great sister acts in music today. The former features the Swedish sister Klara and Johanna…
Chris DeVille | November 12, 2018 - 4:15 pm

Stream Axis: Sova’s New Album Shampoo You

Chicago musician Brett Sova is the brains behind Axis: Sova, a restless garage rock project that lands on a satisfying new aesthetic on the imminent…
Chris DeVille | November 12, 2018 - 1:53 pm

Ariana Grande’s “thank u, next” Scores #1 Debut On The Hot 100

It's hard to believe, but Ariana Grande has never had a #1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 until now. Grande has landed 10 previous…
Chris DeVille | November 12, 2018 - 12:41 pm

didi – “Muerde”

Columbus indie-rockers didi have a new album called Like Memory Foam dropping on Black Friday, and we were big fans of its lead single "Haru."
Chris DeVille | November 12, 2018 - 11:17 am

Sade – “The Big Unknown”

At the end of August we learned Sade was contributing a new song to Widows, director Steve McQueen's new movie starring Viola Davis. As Pitchfork
Chris DeVille | November 9, 2018 - 11:44 pm

Harriet Brown – “Man”

Harriet Brown -- formerly of San Francisco, now based in Los Angeles -- makes poppy R&B music with experimental electronic undercurrents. His new album Mall
Chris DeVille | November 9, 2018 - 3:25 pm

Comments from Chris DeVille

Speaking of which...
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November 15, 2018 on NIIGHTS – “Keyhole”
True story, my band in college was called Fine Dining, which was not so good for SEO. We should have gone with Fiine Diiniing.
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November 15, 2018 on NIIGHTS – “Keyhole”
Just popping in to say Youth Code were so rad at Basilica this year
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November 9, 2018 on HEALTH & Youth Code – “Innocence”
Man, it's crazy how far he fell off. After watching three Romanoffs eps, I feel like a huge part of the problem is he's trying to pull off character transformations that would have taken whole seasons on Mad Men within the course of 80 minutes. Some of the decisions the characters make would make a lot more sense if they were subtly simmering for months or years, but in this context they feel like they're out of nowhere.
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November 9, 2018 on Regina Spektor – “Birdsong”
You know, I meant to get into that in the column but didn’t have time. The passage of time will probably lessen the impact of the song somewhat, but I think the gist of it holds true regardless of whether you recognize the names. I imagine Weezer’s “Tired Of Sex” as a good analog.
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November 8, 2018 on There’s Never Been A Pop Song Quite Like Ariana Grande’s “thank u, next”
Fun fact that I couldn't fit in the column: Ariana released "thank u, next" 20 years to the day after Alanis Morisette released Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie, which contains one song called "Thank U" and another ("Unsent") on which Alanis name-checks a bunch of her exes.
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November 8, 2018 on There’s Never Been A Pop Song Quite Like Ariana Grande’s “thank u, next”
Oh man, that completely went over my head, but you're right. Damn.
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November 8, 2018 on Jeff Tweedy Describes A Ghost Is Born-Era Vicodin Addiction In New Book Excerpt
As always, a chillingly accurate knowledge of our intentions. Get out of our heads, ShadowMorpheus!!!!!
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November 7, 2018 on Jack White Shares Statement On Homophobic Incident At Edmonton Show
Feel like the commentariat would care
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November 7, 2018 on Curren$y & Freddie Gibbs Make Sense Together
Rufus and Chaka Khan! Wrong Rufus, but it'll do. True story, when I saw Rufus with that beard I thought it was James Murphy at first...
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November 7, 2018 on Joni Mitchell Is 75 Today: Watch Performances From Last Night’s Tribute Concert
Tom has insisted this be the rule to compensate for the often-bleak release schedule at the end of the year.
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November 6, 2018 on Album Of The Week: Vince Staples FM!
Friday songs aren't eligible until next week, everyone knows that
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November 2, 2018 on The 5 Best Songs Of The Week
I feel like I've seen it before, so probably flourishing outside LDS circles.
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November 1, 2018 on It’s A Good Time To Be Bad Bunny
This is indisputable. (People dispute it, but their voices immediately turn into gibberish like adults in Peanuts cartoons.)
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November 1, 2018 on It’s A Good Time To Be Bad Bunny
Back in 2010 I ranked Halcyon Digest as AOTW over My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy and I'm still almost sure I was right... so start there.
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October 30, 2018 on Deerhunter – “Death In Midsummer” Video
You learn something new every day! Thanks guys!
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October 30, 2018 on Deerhunter – “Death In Midsummer” Video