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 »

Soccer Mommy – “Cool” Video

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Earlier this month, Soccer Mommy released their proper studio debut, Clean, and since then the band went on a short European tour and took SXSW by storm. Now, Soccer Mommy are about to embark on a North American tour in support of their new album, and they’re releasing a music video for “More »

SXSW 2018: Soccer Mommy’s “Scorpio Rising” Is The Only Song

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Soccer Mommy kind of dresses like Avril Lavigne. When she walked onto the Fader Fort stage yesterday, Sophie Allison wore a pair of black leather platform docs, a black leather choker (perhaps an homage to her song “Your Dog”), and carried her guitar on a hot pink checkerboard strap. She embodied the early 2000s … More »

Watch Phoebe Bridgers, Soccer Mommy, & Conor Oberst Cover Sheryl Crow In Brooklyn

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Phoebe Bridgers headlined Music Hall Of Williamsburg last night with opener Soccer Mommy. That’s a good bill! And it got even better when Conor Oberst showed up to help cover Sheryl Crow. More »

Stream Soccer Mommy Clean

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A few months ago, Sophie Allison tweeted that her “All Too Well” would be on the next Soccer Mommy album. “All Too Well” is, indisputably, the best Taylor Swift song so, of course, that comparison got me very excited. The song in question on Clean is “Scorpio Rising,” and it more … More »

Soccer Mommy – “Still Clean”

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“Still Clean” kicks off Soccer Mommy’s official debut with an unsettling narrative: “In the summer, you said you loved me like an animal/ Stayed beside me just enough to keep your belly full/ Then you took me down to the water, got your mouth all clean/ Left me drowning once you picked me out your … More »

The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

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We welcomed a new Justin Timberlake album into the world this week and guess what? It’s not great. It’s also not country even though country star Toby Keith is in the credits. Meanwhile, Timberlake’s fellow Bush-era radio stars Fall Out Boy stay true to form on their new album M A N … More »

Soccer Mommy – “Cool”

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A few weeks ago, Sophie Allison shared “Your Dog,” the excellent first single from her proper Soccer Mommy debut, and she’s back with another new track, “Cool.” The song’s scuzzy underbelly is broken up by Allison’s soft and melodic ooo’s, as she spins a tale of sitting on the sidelines, looking on at someone … More »

The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

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Oh boy, if you thought 2018 would be any better than 2017, hopefully the first proper work week of the year dispelled you of those illusions. A lot of bad things happened this week — Jack White’s new songs, for example — but there were some good mixed in there too. We cemented More »

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

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Mark Romanek is one of the great directors in music-video history. He did Nine Inch Nails’ “Closer” and Beck’s “Devil’s Haircut” and Fiona Apple’s “Criminal” and Jay-Z’s “99 Problems” and Johnny Cash’s “Hurt.” His video for Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off” was seriously problematic in a lot of ways, and also just plain annoying, … More »