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Primavera’s Expansive 2018 Lineup Proved Festivals Can Still Be Exhilarating

"Welcome to the best festival in the world," Adam Granduciel said shortly into the War On Drugs' set at Barcelona's Primavera Sound. It was Thursday…
Ryan Leas | June 3, 2018 - 1:37 pm

The Anniversary

Adore Turns 20

Going into 1998, Billy Corgan was on top of the world. Three years earlier, the Smashing Pumpkins released their third official full-length, the ambitious double…
Ryan Leas | June 1, 2018 - 11:00 am

Gorillaz – “Humility” (Feat. George Benson) & “Lake Zurich”

Despite the fact that Gorillaz' long-awaited return Humanz arrived just over a year ago, we've already been hearing about a quick follow-up since December. The…
Ryan Leas | May 31, 2018 - 12:04 pm

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10 Unique Acts To See At Primavera 2018

The lineup of Barcelona's Primavera Sound Festival is always stacked. It's one of the best-booked festivals in the world, always boasting an impressive and diverse…
Ryan Leas | May 25, 2018 - 12:57 pm

Premature Evaluation

Premature Evaluation: Father John Misty God’s Favorite Customer

How does he do it? How the hell does he keep pulling this off? Every time you think Josh Tillman is about to drop the…
Ryan Leas | May 24, 2018 - 11:00 am


Fufanu – “Hourglass”

Over the last couple years, the Icelandic group Fufanu have been chasing a fusion of post-punk, electronica, Britpop, and psychedelia for a sound that is…
Ryan Leas | May 24, 2018 - 10:27 am

Le Guess Who? 2018 Initial Lineup

For just over 10 years, Le Guess Who? has been building itself up into the sort of adventurous and carefully curated festival that now provides…
Ryan Leas | May 24, 2018 - 9:19 am

Stream Sudan Archives’ Sink EP

Last year, Sudan Archives started to generate quite a bit of buzz upon the release of her self-titled debut EP. The project of the Ohio-born,…
Ryan Leas | May 21, 2018 - 1:13 pm


Bernice Are Finding Their Shape

The roots of Bernice -- an experimental pop group based in Toronto, led by vocalist/songwriter Robin Dann -- already go back a while. They began…
Ryan Leas | May 21, 2018 - 11:31 am


A Beginner’s Guide To Peter Gabriel: 27 Essential Tracks

In the history of classic rock, few big names have had a career quite like Peter Gabriel's. After all, it's hard to even make sense…
Ryan Leas | May 18, 2018 - 12:04 pm

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Scarlett Johansson’s Implausible Debut LP And Indie Rock Hollywood, 10 Years Later

For as long as there's been a recording industry and a movie business in America, actors have been making albums. In plenty of cases, especially…
Ryan Leas | May 17, 2018 - 10:21 am


River Whyless – “Darkness In Mind”

In the time following their 2016 sophomore album We All The Light, there was a lot of change in the lives of the individual members…
Ryan Leas | May 16, 2018 - 10:01 am

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Remembering Scott Hutchison

The first time I heard Scott Hutchison’s voice was thanks to a friend. She’d recently gotten into Frightened Rabbit, the Scottish indie band for which…
Ryan Leas | May 11, 2018 - 3:41 pm

Kitten – “Strange Embrace”

With a few releases under their belt already, Kitten have existed in some form or another for years now. But in recent years, they underwent…
Ryan Leas | May 11, 2018 - 10:23 am

Stereogum Sessions

Watch Mikko Joensuu’s Solo Stereogum Session

Last year, the Finnish singer-songwriter Mikko Joensuu released his solo debut -- or, debuts, rather. Joensuu's Amen trilogy was an ambitious project that spanned three…
Ryan Leas | May 10, 2018 - 5:32 pm

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