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By Eli Enis For several artists, a four-year gap between albums is a brief lapse. Janelle Monáe and Vampire Weekend took five and six, respectively, between their last two albums, and these new Frank Ocean singles almost feel like early birds compared to how long fans waited for Blonde and Endless. Yet in Mikal Cronin's world, four years is an eon. The 33-year-old songwriter/multi-i..Read More
By Jessica Norton Texas-based hyperactive pop-rock trio Waterparks determined it was time to go off. The musical group, made up of Awsten Knight, Geoff Wigington, and Otto Wood, take hellacious swings at music and fan culture on their third studio album, appropriately titled FANDOM. The tea? Piping. Harsh yet straightforward? Full send. And we have no choice however to stan. Tackli..Read More
By Max Freedman Imagine writing and recording deeply personalized songs you expect only a number of people to hear. Then, imagine tens of thousands of people across the nation hearing them alternatively. Then, imagine playing those songs, night soon after night, to ravenous audiences of these people, in city immediately after city, for years on end. Sounds exhausting, right? Laetiti..Read More
By Eli Enis It wasn't very long ago that Chris Farren didn't aspire to be funny. The 33-year-old singer/songwriter/self-producer has been a cult staple of contemporary punk, emo, and indie rock for the better piece of a decade. And within that ever-amalgamating multiverse of underground rock acts, Farren is most known for his comical personality— perhaps even more so than his actua..Read More
By Emma Madden This is Angel Olsen's least preference piece of the job. Soon after failing to pick up our call at the scheduled time, she apologizes. She ran into a friend at the bookstore and didn't remember about our conversation. Forced to leave the shop where she was, presumably, not having to again discuss her latest album All Mirrors, she's not keen on small talk. My "how are ..Read More
"Just What I needed and you also Might Think" and "My Best Companions Girl" and "Drive" and "Good Times Roll" — simply put, Ric Ocasek wrote the songs you love. The New Wave pioneer — who co-founded seminal metal band The Cars in Boston in 1976 and produced albums for key acts in the second generation of artists — died Sunday (September 15) at age 75. While in his 40-year caree..Read More
(Sandy) Alex G is being asked about Frank Ocean again, and all he can do is respectfully laugh. To be fair, the connection is a key piece of his bio: The 26-year-old played guitar on both Blonde and Endless, raising his profile from beloved lo-fi linchpin with hours of music on Bandcamp to marquee collaborator. Or so you'd think. In the years since, apart from a spare Oneohtrix Point ..Read More
Last week, Louis Tomlinson dropped a new single called "Kill My Mind" that noticed him rediscovering his talents for fizzy pop-rock and leaning all of the way in. There's a reason his voice anchors the chorus of One Direction's "No Control," a song he co-wrote, immediately after all. On Friday (September 13), Louis delivered a fashionable accompanying video for the song, one that fin..Read More
Melina Duterte was sick of the boom boom tiss. The 25-year-old creative force beyond Jay Som had built a dedicated following right after releasing a pair of mindful however obtainable self-recorded albums, on which she plays every musical instrument and serves as producer. One of her most endearing gifts is how nimbly she weaves through styles, dipping into Steely Dan-inspired reverie..Read More
At the starting of the universe, the theory goes, the Big Bang synthesized the building blocks of life from a speedily hyper-dense singularity. Last night (August 5), a new universe was created with an explosive efficiency of "I Think I'm OKAY" by Machine Gun Kelly and Yungblud on The Late Late Show with James Corden. The pair wrapped up their energetic efficiency with a tribute to..Read More
Haim are back, and not a moment also soon. Just in time for the dog days of summer, the trio of SoCal sisters have returned with the warm and jazzy "Summer Girl," which they debuted at a show in L.A. Earlier this month, and which marks their first new music since 2017's Something to Tell You. Danielle takes lead vocals here, and in the accompanying video, she leads sisters Este and A..Read More
Ten minutes into 2017's Spider-Man: Homecoming, Peter Parker rides the subway to school. He's just experienced the thrill of his life fighting alongside a few Avengers in Berlin, though right now, a number of months later, he's being ghosted by his hero, Tony Stark. Yet his spirit can't be damaged. We know this because underneath the crippling mundanity of his day-to-day high-school l..Read More