Stream RetcH’s New Album Richer Than The Opps

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RetcH-Richer-Than-The-OppsNew Jersey rapper RetcH delivers his lyrics in a raw, scraggly half-grunt that has always impressed me. He’s a gifted technical rapper and an evocative writer, but his greatest gift will always be that wounded creak of a voice. Last year, RetcH beat an armed-robbery case that threatened to send him to prison … More »

Stream Tørsö’s New EP Build And Break

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Tørsö - Build And Break EPAround Christmas, the Bay Area hardcore powerhouse Tørsö released “Grab A Shovel,” the lead single from a new EP recorded by Jack Shirley (Deafheaven, Joyce Manor, Jeff Rosenstock). Last Friday, we named “Grab A Shovel” one of the best songs released over the holiday break. And today, the full EP is … More »

Stream Pedro The Lion’s Reunion Album Phoenix

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Pedro-The-Lion-PhoenixIn 1995, David Bazan formed the Seattle-based band Pedro The Lion. Over the next decade, the band developed a reputation, exploring thorny issues like depression and Bazan’s conflicted relationship with his Christian faith, doing it through burly and contemplative indie rock. they released four albums before Bazan ended Pedro The Lion in 2006. And now … More »

Stream Toro y Moi’s New Album Outer Peace

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Toro-Y-Moi-Outer-PeaceToro Y Moi mastermind Chaz Bundick has had a fascinating, fluid career. In the decade-or-so that he’s been in the public eye, Bundick has moved among different musical worlds: Fractured bedroom-pop, streamlined but idiosyncratic dance music, mutant R&B, fuzzed-up power pop. He always sounds like himself, but he draws on different sources every time, and … More »

Stream Strange Ranger Side Project Hollow Comet’s Debut LP

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Portland-via-Montana trio Strange Ranger craft lo-fi indie rock that sounds like it could’ve been released during the mid-’90s, early 2000s heyday of the Pacific Northwest music scene. Last month, they shared a surprise EP, etc., following their How It All Went By EP, which came out just … More »

Stream Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross’ Bird Box Score

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Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross’ latest score is for the Netflix film Bird Box, the latest in a string of sensory deprivation horror movies that have come out in the last few years. In this one, Sandra Bullock and two kids can’t see. It’s a very popular film, a fact that was justMore »

Stream One Step Closer’s From Me To You EP

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One-Step-Closer-From-Me-To-YouOne Step Closer are a hardcore band from Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania who may or may not be named after a Linkin Park song. They fucking rip. The band released their self-titled debut EP two years ago, and today, they follow it up with From Me To You, a frantic and intense six-song burst of … More »

Stream T-Rextasy’s New Album Prehysteria

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T-Rextasy-PrehysteriaIn 2016, the New York DIY crew T-Rextasy released the enormously likable DIY album Jurassic Punk. And today, a day when there’s precious little new music out there to distract you, they’ve followed it up with their sophomore LP Prehysteria. More »

Stream Strange Ranger’s Surprise EP etc.

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Strange Ranger - etc.In recent years the Montana-founded, Portland-based group Strange Ranger have been among the most enjoyable purveyors of old-school Pacific NW indie rock. (We named them one of the best new bands of 2016, in fact.) Today they’ve followed up October’s How It All Went By EP with another short collection called … More »

Stream Muscle Before Paradise’s Die In Combat EP

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Muscle-Before-Paradise-Die-In-CombatMason Mercer used to sing for Free At Last, a straight-edge hardcore band from Springfield, Missouri. These days, he leads Muscle Before Paradise, a very different band. Muscle Before Paradise, which also includes Mason’s brother Chandler, are based in New York City, and they make heavy, intense, meditative postpunk. Mason says that the idea for … More »