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New Music: Big Thief

By Troy Hasselman, October 29 2019 — Hype is a double-edged sword. On one hand, there’s the elevated space that the work gets to occupy with all the acclaim and accolades that go along with it. On the other hand, there’s the burden of expectations that the work suffers from for new listeners and the…

New music: Danny Brown

By Troy Hasselman, October 17 2019 — For most artists, reaching maturity means their music becomes more ambitious and conceptual, with their songs becoming bigger and their projects linked together by grand ideas that push their work into a greater realm than just writing songs. Danny Brown’s path to maturity has gone in the opposite…

New music: JPEGMAFIA

By Troy Hasselman, September 20 2019 — JPEGMAFIA refuses to log off. The extremely-online art-rap provocateur hasn’t toned down his vitriol one notch on All My Heroes Are Cornballs, his follow-up to last years Veteran. While his music has disparate inspirations with the Backstreet Boys, Wilco, Throbbing Gristle and the Wu-Tang Clan all listed under…

New Music: Weyes Blood

By Troy Hasselman, April 13 2019 — While nostalgia has always played a role in singer-songwriter music, it seems to have grown as a trend over the last few years. From Frank Ocean’s mining of his own past on 2016’s Blonde to the musical inspiration Sharon Van Etten took from ‘80s soft rock on this…

New Music: PUP

By Troy Hasselman, April 4 2019 — Through their three releases, PUP have made a name for themselves as a pop-punk band that goes beyond the three power chord ex-girlfriend diss tracks that characterize so much of the genre. With their creative song structures, strong level of musicianship, introspective lyrics and innovative music videos that…

New Music: Hozier

By Carlie Vassos, March 8 2019 — Hozier is back to delight our ears with his booming and effervescent voice on his first full-length album since 2014. Wasteland, Baby! promises listeners a soothing blend of musical styles across 14 tracks, incorporating a mix of blues and gospel elements among playful drumbeats and rhythmic guitar strums….

New Music: Freddie Gibbs

By Thomas Johnson, June 27 2018 — Gary, Indiana sits about 15 minutes from Chicago’s dicey south side. About a third of its homes are vacant and its cultural exports can generally be grouped in three categories — headlines, The Jackson 5 and Freddie Gibbs. Gibbs has been living in Los Angeles for about a dozen years…

New Music: Kids See Ghosts

By Thomas Johnson, June 13 2018 — On the uncharacteristically slapdash ye, Kanye West mused, “Screamed so loud, got no lungs. Hurt so bad, I go numb.” Eight years before, on his career-defining Man On The Moon II, Kid Cudi similarly murmured, “Life is like that. Beat me up and I’ll fight it right back.”…

New Music: May Album Wrap-Up

By Thomas Johnson, June 8 2018 —  Pusha T – DAYTONA The unreleased debut album by the Clipse, Exclusive Audio Footage, was supposed to be released in 1999. Recording sessions began as early as 1996, meaning Pusha has now been penning immaculate, dead-eyed rhymes about the the luxuries of selling narcotics for two decades. Considering how many…

New Music: Kanye West

By Thomas Johnson, June 1 2018 —  One the one hand, Kanye West’s intemperate mood swings make it near-impossible to objectively critique his lyrical content. On the other hand, by this point — two decades into his undeniable reign as hip-hop’s stately tastemaker — if you buy into Kanye The Artist, you’ve reconciled Kanye The…

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