Album Of The Week: Sir Babygirl Crush On Me

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Sir-Babygirl-Crush-On-MeIn the middle of “thank u, next,” the game-changing monster of a hit single that she released last year, Ariana Grande makes an announcement about her romantic life: “I met someone else, we having better discussions / I know they say I move on too fast / But this one is gonna last.” It’s all … More »

Album Of The Week: Jessica Pratt Quiet Signs

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Jessica-Pratt-Quiet-SignsJessica Pratt possesses a rare ability to slow down time. Her textured voice is among the strangest and most compelling in our contemporary music landscape and her songs are built on small observations that speak to bigger themes and resolutions that are just out of reach. Pratt’s lyrics are like free-associative bits of poetry, strung … More »

Album Of The Week: Girlpool What Chaos Is Imaginary

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Girlpool-What-Chaos-Is-ImaginaryI have a very good friend who will never get over what happened with the Mountain Goats. This friend discovered the Mountain Goats when the Mountain Goats was just John Darnielle, slashing at an acoustic guitar and braying weirdly perfect two-minute poetic sentiments into boombox microphones. When the Mountain Goats became an actual band, one … More »

Album Of The Week: Judiciary Surface Noise

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Judiciary-Surface-NoiseYou’ve seen the smirk. We’ve all seen the smirk. This past weekend, the smirk was everywhere. It’s an image that’ll be stuck in our heads for a long time: a Vietnam veteran and Omaha Nation elder singing and thumping a drum while a little shit in a MAGA hat stares at him, inches from his … More »

Album Of The Week: Sharon Van Etten Remind Me Tomorrow

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Sharon-Van-Etten-Remind-Me-TomorrowIf you ever want to freak yourself all the way out, try driving a newborn baby — your newborn baby — home from the hospital. All of a sudden, everything is new. There is a car seat installed in your car, and there is a tiny and fragile human, a human whose health and wellbeing … More »

Album Of The Week: angelic milk DIVINE BIKER LOVE

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angelic-milk-DIVINE-BIKER-LOVEHey, remember cocaine? For a long stretch of the early ’00s, a decent chunk of the American rock underground was given over to music that would sound good if you were jittery and overconfident at three in the morning. Garage rock, dance-punk, electroclash: all cocaine music. The Strokes were cocaine music. Novelty acts like the … More »

Album Of The Week: J.I.D DiCaprio 2

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JID-DiCaprio-2Imagine how it must feel to be really, truly great at something, at anything. Imagine operating at such a high level that what you’re doing becomes its own sort of momentum, where your talent almost operates independent of you. Imagine feeling like you’re just sort of watching yourself from the outside while something else takes … More »

Album Of The Week: Unreqvited Mosaic I: L’Amour Et L’Ardeur

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Unreqvited-Mosaic-I-LAmour-Et-LArdeurMaybe it’s Friday Night Lights. Maybe I’m conditioned. But there’s a certain kind of ringing, sustained guitar chord that kicks me in the soul every time I hear it. It’s pretty much Pavlovian. That guitar, all longing and crushed hope and delay, builds up into a note of turbulent triumph while the music around it … More »

Album Of The Week: Portrayal Of Guilt Let Pain Be Your Guide

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Portrayal-Of-Guilt-Let-Pain-Be-Your-GuideDo you remember your first time hearing Converge? I remember mine: September 2001, a listening station at a Syracuse record store, maybe a week after Jane Doe came out. And I remember what I thought: something along the lines of what the fuck? This was clearly heavy, intense music, and I knew that I’d be … More »

Album Of The Week: Vince Staples FM!

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Vince-Staples-FMToward the end of FM!, his quick and jarring new album, there’s a moment where Vince Staples brutally sums up the cold absurdity of rap almost-fame: “Tryna get rich, get everybody fed / But everybody dead.” Staples has earned a reputation as a sharp and cerebral trickster — funnier than a lot of comedians, more … More »