Album Reviews

Richard Reed Parry
Quiet River of Dust Vol 1.

Sep 19, 2018 Issue #64 -  Kamasi Washington

Attempting to guess where Richard Reed Parry might go with a solo album is a nigh on impossible task. He can play just about anything, as his work with Arcade Fire demonstrates, and he's worked with many artists over his career. 

The Field
Infinite Moment

Sep 19, 2018 Web Exclusive

Axel Willner, better known as The Field, is one of those acts who mastered his craft so quickly that he had completed the hard work almost immediately. His debut From Here We Go to Sublimeremains a recent landmark record not just in electronic music, but in general as a masterstroke of carving one's niche and exploiting it for all it's worth.

Suede
The Blue Hour

Sep 18, 2018 Issue #64 -  Kamasi Washington

With a pair of well-received, commercially viable albums in the shape of 2013's Bloodsports and 2015's Night Thoughts, London's often overlooked glam antidote to Britpop have turned what looked like a brief and beautiful comeback into an ongoing concern.

Classic Interviews

Jagwar Ma

Jagwar Ma
Glory In the Gloom

Mar 06, 2017 Issue # 59 - 15th Anniversary

"If you'd said to me 10 years ago while I was making beats in my bedroom in Sydney, 'In 10 years you're going to be sharing a studio with Andrew Weatherall and Ewan Pearson in London,' I would have said, 'No fucking chance,'" says Jono Ma, the musical epicenter of Australia's Jagwar Ma, as he gives a tour of the studio space he shares in a grim industrial estate in North London.

Interviews

Devon Welsh on “Dream Songs”

Sep 18, 2018 Web Exclusive

There's a sort of unspoken line one can cross with an emotive vocal style. On one side of it, healthy reflection is accessible, encouraged even. On the other, a reaction of mild cringing is not uncalled for. 

Quiet Slang - James Alex of Beach Slang on His New Stripped Down Persona

Sep 13, 2018 Web Exclusive

Through a relentless touring schedule, two flat-out pop-punk LPs, and a generous offering of EPs and mixtapes, Beach Slang and their leader, singer/songwriter James Alex, have become the smiling face of the brighter side of U.S. barroom punk rock. 

Pleased to meet you

My Firsts: Joey Dosik

Aug 22, 2018 Web Exclusive

My Firsts is our email interview series where we ask musicians to tell us about their first life experiences, be it early childhood ones (first word, first concert, etc.) or their first tastes of being a musician (first band, first tour, etc.). For this My Firsts we talk to Joey Dosik

Lists

Beach House - 10 Best Songs:  Ranking the Best Tracks from Teen Dream to 7

May 23, 2018

With their latest album 7, Beach House has now released eight albums (seven studio albums and one rarities and B-sides release) and 83 songs. Distilling these 83 songs down to a 10 best was a daunting task but one that was met with an enthusiastic glee. Not much is better than revisiting Beach House's entire catalog of their signature dream-pop formula of airy guitars, hushed indie-rock beats, and ethereal vocals. From their self-titled 2006 debut to the recently released 7, their sound shimmers with lush and gossamer melodies, catchy beats and softly soaring guitar riffs. Of course it proved too difficult to pick just 10 tracks, so below is list of the top 14. A 10 best and four honorable mentions.

Of course all of this is subjective, this is simply the opinion of one writer. No doubt you have your own list of favorite Beach House songs. And yes, we are aware there are no songs from the band's first two albums, 2006's Beach House and 2008's Devotion; we feel they truly came into their own with their third album, 2010's Teen DreamBy Matt the Raven

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Live reviews

Interpol at House of Vans Brooklyn, August 24, 2018

Sep 17, 2018 By Charlie Duerr

As I approached the House of Vans, my eyes were met with what had become a familiar neighborhood scene in Greenpoint, Brooklyn over the past eight years-hordes of young, fashionable New Yorkers assembled outside the doors of 25 Franklin Street in long queues that winded and wrapped around the block in serpentine like fashion. But tonight would be the last time. 

Blog

Talk Talk - “Spirit of Eden” Turns 30

Sep 17, 2018 By Timothy Michalik

"It was very, very psychedelic. We had candles and oil wheels, strobes going, sometimes just total darkness in the studio. You'd get totally disorientated, no daylight, no time frame." So goes the story, told by Talk Talk's engineer Phil Brown, when discussing the synth pop-turned-art rocker's landmark 1988 album Spirit of Eden






Cinema Reviews

Love, Gilda

Sep 19, 2018 Issue #64 -  Kamasi Washington

This funny and heart-wrenching documentary tracks the life of comedian Gilda Radner, a staple of Saturday Night Live’s earliest seasons.

Television Reviews

Ozark (Season 2)
Netflix

Aug 30, 2018 Web Exclusive

Viewers love a drugs-and-organized-crime show, don't they? Netflix's Ozark, which debuted last year, delves into an aspect of this world not explored in depth in other shows: money laundering.