Album Reviews

Tim Hecker
Anoyo

Jun 18, 2019 Web Exclusive

Have you ever seen an electron? Naturally, no. It doesn't even exist perceptibly.

Sebadoh
act surprised

Jun 17, 2019 Web Exclusive

Six years after Defend Yourself and their recommencement as a recording unit, Sebadoh bring us 15 new songs in the shape of act surprised.

Bruce Springsteen
Western Stars

Jun 14, 2019 Web Exclusive

Bruce Springsteen's 19th studio album finds the singer/songwriter indulging in string and brass orchestration to illuminate tales of searchers and risk-takers in pursuit of the American Dream.

Classic Interviews

Natalie Prass

Natalie Prass
From Virginia with Love

Jul 10, 2015 Issue #53 - April/May 2015 - Tame Impala

Natalie Prass has always been fascinated by rock 'n' roll iconography. Given that she grew up the daughter of a Motown enthusiast and amateur singer/songwriter father and the fact that her current debut album invokes Stax soul, Dusty Springfield, and big horn-and-string arranged R&B, it is ironic that Prass' favorite garment is a Kiss T-shirt she says she wears almost every day. 

Comic Book Reviews

The Weatherman Vol. 1
Image

Apr 05, 2019 Issue #65 - Mitski and boygenius

Collecting the first six issues of the series by writer Jody LeHeup, artist Nathan Fox, and colorist Dave Stewart, The Weatherman scratched our sci-fi/action/adventure itch better than anything has since Schwarzenegger's big-screen heyday. 

Book Reviews

Keith Elliot Greenberg
Where You Goin’ With That Gun in Your Hand?: The True Crime Blotter of Rock ‘n’ Roll

May 27, 2019 Web Exclusive

In Where You Goin' With That Gun in Your Hand?, Keith Elliot Greenberg has written a primer of sorts, compiling the stories of 21 different rock and roll tragedies, from Brian Jones and Kurt Cobain to Sam Cooke and Selena.

Interviews

Self-Portrait: Ellen Kempner of Palehound

Jun 18, 2019 Web Exclusive

For our recurring Self-Portrait feature we ask a musician to take a self-portrait photo (or paint/draw a self-portrait) and write a list of personal things about themselves, things that their fans might not already know about them. This Self-Portrait is by Ellen Kempner of Palehound and she painted her own self-portrait.

boygenius - The Under the Radar Cover Story

Jun 14, 2019 Issue #65 - Mitski and boygenius

The term supergroup is primarily reserved for a band comprised of people well established at their craftsay, a quartet of recognizable rock stars. Although boygenius' members have each released at most two albums, the term is already being regularly applied to the trio of Julien BakerPhoebe Bridgers, and Lucy Dacus.

Pleased to meet you

Stella Donnelly on “Beware of the Dogs”

May 10, 2019 Web Exclusive

Gathering her voice between intermittent coughing fits and sniffles, Stella Donnelly apologizes for being sick for the interview, wishing that she were more readily able to express herself. 

Lists

25 of the Best Elton John Songs You’ve (Probably) Never Heard

Jun 10, 2019

Rocketman is here. And it's spectacular. As such, I've got Elton on the mind.

I didn't go to the church of Jesus Christ when I was a kid. I went to the church of Elton John. Still do. We had portraits of Elton and his lyricist Bernie Taupin framed, matted, and hanging in the hallway as if they were fuckin' family members. LOL. Mom took me to my first concert in 1994. I was 11. It was Elton and Ray Cooper at the Greek Theater in LA. In 7th grade, I had a picture of Elton on the front of my school folder and one of Taupin on the back. Caught a lot of shit for it too. It was middle school, it was the mid-'90s, I was a weirdo.

So I'm a mega-fan for sure.

When people ask me where to start with Elton's catalog, here's what I tell 'em: All the studio albums from the 1970 self-titled Elton John through 1976's Blue Moves are essential. That's 10 albums people. 10 ALBUMS IN 6 YEARS. All of them essential. And no, we're not gonna get into anything after Blue Moves. Don't have time. Too controversial. But do check out 1981's The Fox and 1983's Too Low for Zero if you have the appetite.

Those 10 studio albums aren't just essential because of their brain-scramblingly good singles, but also because the non-single album tracks are Just. Un. Real. To celebrate all that incredible music and the release of Rocketman, I've compiled 25 of the very best Elton John songs I reckon you've never heard.

What'd we miss? BRING IT.

 By Kenny S McGuane

Live reviews

Long Division Festival in Wakefield, England

Jun 12, 2019 By James Thornhill

Over the past eight years, the small Yorkshire city of Wakefield has established itself as an under-the-radar cultural hub and home to one of the best independent arts festivals in Europe.

Blog

Off-White CEO & Kanye West Collaborator Virgil Abloh Secures First Major Art Exhibition

Jun 10, 2019 By Joshua Mellin

Virgil Abloh is best known as CEO of Milan-based fashion label Off-White, more recently the artistic director of Louis Vuitton's men's wear collection and perhaps most of all as frequent collaborator of rapper Kanye West.






Cinema Reviews

The Dead Don’t Die

Jun 15, 2019 Web Exclusive

Jim Jarmusch, while frequently funny, rarely ventures into outright comedy. He works often and well with explicitly comedic talents like Bill Murray and Roberto Begnini, working them into his deadpan universe in ways that both play to their comic strengths but also reflect and accentuate the bleakness (blankness?) of the world around them.

Television Reviews

Leaving Neverland
(HBO, Sunday March 3 and Monday March 4)

Mar 03, 2019 Web Exclusive

Leaving Neverland, a sprawling account of alleged sexual abuse at the hands of Michael Jackson, was set for controversy from the moment it premiered at this year's Sundance Film Festival.