25 Great EPs From 2018

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Best EPs Of 2018Every year, the parameters for this list get a little more specious. With the rise of streaming services and the decline of physical media, the distinctions between a 7″ and a 12″ have largely faded away. Today, everything is a “project” or a “collection” or (groan) a “playlist.” Artists are still releasing EPs in name, … More »

Stereogum’s 40 Best New Bands Of 2018

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Best New Bands 2018This fall, an artist found her voice. In A Star Is Born, Ally Campana goes from unknown to sensation in under a year. The movie is unrealistic wish fulfillment, but her upward trajectory embodies our hope for all artists, at least on a smaller scale: to become popular enough to follow their muse without sacrificing … More »

Stream Black Dresses’ New HELL IS REAL EP

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Earlier this year, Black Dresses — the collaboration between Girls Rituals and Rook — released their debut album, WASTEISOLATION, an excellent collection of dark noise-pop songs that landed on our best albums of 2018 so far list. They’re following it up today with a new EP, HELL … More »

The 50 Best Albums Of 2018 So Far

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Have you ever talked to your parents about what it was like to live through the late ’60s? National leaders were gunned down right and left. Entire generations were asserting themselves loudly. War was erupting, and nobody seemed quite certain why. People were walking on the moon. Hippie cults were chopping people up. A few … More »

Black Dresses – “IM EARTH” Video

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Last month, Black Dresses — the collaboration between Canadian experimental pop musicians Girls Rituals and Rook — put out their excellent debut album together, WASTEISOLATION. The day the album was released, they shared a music video for “GO INSIDE,” a low-budget affair that gets by on sheer force of … More »

Stream Black Dresses WASTEISOLATION

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WASTEISOLATION is the first release from Black Dresses, a collaboration between Girls Rituals and Rook, two Canadian musicians that skirt the line between noise and pop. Their debut album together is brash and catchy and agonizing and really, really great. The songs are made up of towers of static and teeth-chattering beats … More »