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Kacey Musgraves And Ruston Kelly Announce Divorce

Kacey Musgraves and Ruston Kelly have announced that they are filing for divorce. The news was confirmed by representatives of both artists as the two…
Ryan Leas | July 3, 2020 - 4:51 pm

Shamir – “Wedding Day”

In the years since Shamir Bailey departed from his dance-pop origins, it seems like he's always churning out new DIY indie-pop material. In March, he…
Ryan Leas | July 3, 2020 - 11:34 am

David Gilmour – “Yes, I Have Ghosts”

David Gilmour solo projects are pretty few and far between -- since 1978, he's released just four albums under his own name. His last, 2015's…
Ryan Leas | July 3, 2020 - 11:02 am

Stream Peel Dream Magazine’s Surprise Moral Panics EP

Earlier this year, the Brooklyn group Peel Dream Magazine released their sophomore album Agitprop Alterna. Anchored by immediately memorable tracks like the surging haze of…
Ryan Leas | July 3, 2020 - 10:01 am

Watch Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever’s Stripped-Down Cover Of Hole’s “Malibu”

Last month, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever released their great sophomore album Sideways To New Italy. (It ranked amongst our favorite albums of the year so
Ryan Leas | July 2, 2020 - 10:37 am

Shirley Collins – “Sweet Greens And Blues”

Last month, Shirley Collins announced her new album Heart's Ease. It's the followup to the legendary folk singer's 2016 collection Lodestar, which in turn was…
Ryan Leas | July 2, 2020 - 9:11 am

Sad13 – “Ghost (Of A Good Time)”

Sadie Dupuis' pop-leaning project Sad13 is back. It's been four long years since she released her debut under the moniker, 2016's Slugger. Since then, there…
Ryan Leas | June 30, 2020 - 1:42 pm

Madeline Kenney – “Double Hearted”

Last month, Madeline Kenney announced her third album, Sucker's Lunch. Once more, she teamed with Wye Oak's Jenn Wasner to co-produce, though this time Wye…
Ryan Leas | June 30, 2020 - 11:38 am

A Certain Ratio – “Always In Love”

It's been a long time since the English post-punk veterans A Certain Ratio have released an album. In recent years, they've released a few things…
Ryan Leas | June 30, 2020 - 11:02 am

10 Best Songs

The 10 Best Run The Jewels Songs

Run The Jewels always made it easy to root for them. Two artists with very different backgrounds and milieus, joining together in their late 30s…
Ryan Leas | June 30, 2020 - 10:43 am

Jordana – “Big”

Earlier this year, Jordana Nye re-released her debut album, Classical Notions Of Happiness. It came with a couple bonus tracks, including the excellent "Crunch" and…
Ryan Leas | June 30, 2020 - 10:02 am

Chase Rice Responds To Backlash Over Crowded No-Mask Concert

Chase Rice -- who, if you are like me, you know more from his awkward Bachelor appearance than you know him as a country musician…
Ryan Leas | June 29, 2020 - 7:20 pm

Premature Evaluation

Premature Evaluation: Jessie Ware What’s Your Pleasure?

Jessie Ware was in need of a rebirth. Her most recent album, 2017's Glasshouse, was a paradox -- her most personal songwriting in the wake…
Ryan Leas | June 29, 2020 - 12:55 pm


The Story Behind Every Song On Bell Witch And Aerial Ruin’s New Album Stygian Bough Volume 1

The last time the Seattle doom metal duo Bell Witch released an album was in 2017, and chances are you could still be making sense…
Ryan Leas | June 26, 2020 - 10:43 am

HÆLOS – “Unknown Melody”

The last time we heard from the British electronic quartet HÆLOS wasn't all that long ago. Their sophomore album, Any Random Kindness, came out just…
Ryan Leas | June 26, 2020 - 10:27 am

Comments from Ryan Leas

Having grown up with one of those northeast Italian-American families... I can't say I heard much about our Italian-Australian brethren, no. That being said Australia in general was sort of a big mystery to me when I went.
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May 21, 2020 on Welcome To New Italy: Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever’s First Interview On Their Anticipated New LP
This is my ranking these days I think. And OK yes Sound Of Silver is pretty much perfect I just docked it a little cuz I've always felt like "Watch The Tapes" and "Time To Get Away" aren't quite on the same level as the rest but like, it's not as if they're bad and they do make sense in the flow of the album.
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May 15, 2020 on This Is Happening Turns 10
They would obviously a main entry on this short list.
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May 13, 2020 on Band To Watch: Silverbacks
That song is really something. My other favorite is "Drop Me Down."
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March 13, 2020 on The 5 Best Songs Of The Week
"Alright" kinda gives me Binaural vibes but that might partially be because he sings the words "thin air" in the chorus.
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March 9, 2020 on Premature Evaluation: Pearl Jam Gigaton
There's also this.... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1WUh3DPouDs&feature=youtu.be
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March 9, 2020 on The Monitor Turns 10
I've gone back and forth on LB and Backspacer a decent amount but I don't really get why people would like other 21st century PJ and hate LB either. In particular, hearing the title track live really made it fit into their overall body of work for me — if I didn't know the album at that point I could've imagined it being an older song. And I still think Infallible and Pendulum are cool.
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March 9, 2020 on Premature Evaluation: Pearl Jam Gigaton
Hmm yeah I don't know if it's that kind of album. Maybe "Who Ever Said" and "Quick Escape," though the chorus in the latter is more anxious than triumphant. My favorite songs are the mellower ones, so there's strong material I'd want to see them play live but I suspect they'll lean on the rockers more. Very curious how they're going to translate "Dance" live.
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March 9, 2020 on Premature Evaluation: Pearl Jam Gigaton
Yeah, he plays drums on "Indignities" as well.
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February 13, 2020 on Nation Of Language – “Rush & Fever”
I don't know that the site has anything against that album, I can't remember why we didn't do an anniversary. Speaking for myself, and maintaining the whole "they don't make bad albums" bit... it was my initial gateway Spoon album but became my least favorite over time. I don't think it's as interesting as the ones from the '10s, or as memorable as the albums immediately before and after it. It feels a little more stuck in its time to me. But like I said in the piece... that's the thing with these guys. That's just my ranking, and I totally get why some people have it towards the top.
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January 17, 2020 on Transference Turns 10
Drawing Radiohead parallels is not where I expected this to go but now I'm thinking of They Want My Soul as the glossier, prettier night album with all these new sonic touches and ... A Moon Shaped Pool kinda did the same thing after TKOL, too. What is Radiohead's Hot Thoughts gonna be like...
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January 17, 2020 on Transference Turns 10
It's no "Manhattan" by Kings Of Leon. JK...the Cat Power one is good. Writing this kinda made me want to write a whole list of NYC songs. Barely scratched the surface just listing some really big ones in the article.
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September 9, 2019 on “Empire State Of Mind” Turns 10
Guys, they still call me Young Classic Rocker Ryan Leas on staff - I know about Belew. But I still think it’s kinda weird for people to compare a 2019 band to both of them when you consider the historical signifier of “King Crimson as an influence” is a little different than “Talking Heads as an influence”
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July 19, 2019 on The 5 Best Songs Of The Week
Yes, that too. (Transference was one of my favorites for years but over time TWMS has edged right up towards the top for me.)
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June 25, 2019 on We’ve Got A File On You: Britt Daniel
I think this is a very apples and oranges thing in the sense that "experimentation" is relative according to whichever realm an artist operates in. Holly Herndon is making strange, beautiful electronic music partially using fucking AI to do so...naturally, it is more experimental by most metrics of mainstream taste, and it's also great. So it's not really a value judgement, in my opinion. When I say the National are "experimenting," it's within the context of them being an indie band that headlines festivals and has songs featured on movie soundtracks or in commercials. It's within the context of their own writing, and trying to take a pretty granular look at how it changes a bit from album to album. So within that context, Bryce's classical work creeping over into the National more and more here, having these choral breaks or sidelining their frontman, does strike me as an experiment. They're not over here searching for New Music, but they are testing the limits of their work and their past. Anyway I guess the TL;DR is I think both these artists are excelling at what they do, and pushing themselves within what they do, and it is OK to like both!
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May 13, 2019 on Premature Evaluation: The National I Am Easy To Find
"Cattails" is one of the best songs I've heard this year. I wasn't joking in the blurb. I've had it in my head literally every single day since I got the album.
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April 5, 2019 on The 5 Best Songs Of The Week
Yeah "Cruel Fisherman" isn't technically part of the album so we didn't get into that one.
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March 22, 2019 on The Story Behind Every Song On Strand Of Oaks’ New Album Eraserland
Man, I think the title track is one of his best songs ever. I was floored when that came on during my first listen.
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March 22, 2019 on The Story Behind Every Song On Strand Of Oaks’ New Album Eraserland
My contrarian opinion is Gimme Fiction is the less interesting passage between Kill The Moonlight and Ga, and I'd happily listen to Transference or They Want My Soul over it any day
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February 15, 2019 on Dark Was The Night Turns 10