Album Of The Week: Cate Le Bon Reward

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Cate Le Bon truly cannot stop creating. Since her last album, 2016’s Crab Day, she produced Deerhunter’s latest album and continued her fruitful collaborative partnership with Tim Presley as Drinks, but she also disappeared for a bit, even if it might not seem like it from an outsider’s perspective. A couple … More »

Album Of The Week: Operators Radiant Dawn

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Operators-Radiant-DawnYou could take Dan Boeckner for granted. In fact, you probably are taking Dan Boeckner for granted. Over the last two decades, most of us first got to know Boeckner as one of Wolf Parade’s primary songwriters, then as the leader of Handsome Furs, then as Britt Daniel’s partner-in-crime for Divine Fits, and finally as … More »

Album Of The Week: Charly Bliss Young Enough

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Charly-Bliss-Young-EnoughEva Hendricks has bars. Two years ago, when Hendricks’ band Charly Bliss came out blasting with their debut album, Guppy, it was easy to miss some of those bars. They got lost in the frantic sugar rush of the band’s ragged, fired-up power pop. But when you got used to those hooks, these … More »

Album Of The Week: Big Thief U.F.O.F.

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Big Thief named their debut album Masterpiece. For a relatively unknown band at the time, that title set a lofty precedent. There was something almost sarcastic about it, as if the folk-rock quartet decided to present this project to the world knowing full well that it might not find big success, but naming it as … More »

Album Of The Week: Aldous Harding Designer

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Aldous-Harding-DesignerIn Aldous Harding’s video for “The Barrel,” Harding, a singer and songwriter from New Zealand, stares into the camera. She stares hard. She stares in a way that could only be described as “Lynchian” — half-smiling, never breaking her gaze, holding her eyes on us for so long that, even through the medium … More »

Album Of The Week: Wand Laughing Matter

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Wand - Laughing MatterThere are a lot of disgruntled Radiohead fans out there. Although the Oxford combo remains one of the world’s most beloved bands, a subset of listeners still longs for the sound they rode to fame in the ’90s: a depressive yet high-flying strain of guitar rock that sidestepped the era’s prevailing grunge and Britpop trends, … More »

Album Of The Week: Inter Arma Sulphur English

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Inter-Arma-Sulphur-EnglishThe dudes who make metal — even the most searing, scorching, planet-swallowing metal — are just dudes. (And women.) They are not mythic overlords, kings of the mysterious lurching wastelands of the imagination. They are human beings. They own cars and pets and hoodies. A lot of them have day jobs. More »

Album Of The Week: Weyes Blood Titanic Rising

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Titanic RisingIn Homecoming, the narrative fiction podcast turned Julia Roberts-starring Amazon TV series, Titanic Rising is a joke. It’s a made-up movie, a nonexistent sequel to James Cameron’s 1997 blockbuster Titanic. In an elaborate prank, one soldier convinces another that Titanic Rising really exists. But as the show continues, the significance of Titanic Rising … More »

Album Of The Week: Brutus Nest

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Brutus - NestThe “about” line you’ll find on Brutus’ social channels serves as an apt manifestation of the Belgian post-metal band’s art: minimalist, mysterious, and menacing. It reads: … More »

Album Of The Week: Nilüfer Yanya Miss Universe

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Nilüfer Yanya - Miss UniverseNilüfer Yanya writes about the in-between: the slippery space between waking and dreaming, the difference between what you think you should be feeling and what you actually feel. “I like songs that have stories and situations that you can almost catch, but you can’t quite ever catch properly,” she once said. The backdrop … More »