Tagged New Music

New Music: Elijah Blake

By Thomas Johnson, October 18, 2017 — Since the 2011 releases of Frank Ocean’s Nostalgia, Ultra and The Weeknd’s House Of Balloons, R&B is easier to categorize than ever. Reductive copycats can generally be lumped into two groups — the irreverent, starkly personal sad-boy crooner à la Ocean or the Weeknd-esque clandestine self-destructive punk. Releases…

New Music: Neil Young

By Stephen Lee, October 12 2017 — Neil Young has never been one to chase a synthetic sound. Hitchhiker resonates with raw, unnerving and subtle energy beneath a simple sound that perfectly encapsulates Young’s songwriting. Young’s lyrics don’t need to be dissected for meaning. There’s something powerful about the way he tells a story —…

New Music: Lights

By Hurmut Humayun, October 3 2017 —  Lights is an established force in alt-pop music circles. Moving away from her niche alt-pop sound, Skin&Earth is Lights’ attempt to reach a more mainstream audience. Though it’s her most commercially friendly work, the album remains true to her synth-pop origins. Each of the album’s tracks fit perfectly…

New Music: The Wilderness of Manitoba

By Rachel Woodward, September 28 2017 — Toronto folk-rock band The Wilderness of Manitoba have had a busy eight years. Between five albums, three EPs and tours around the world, the group boasts the kind of experience and discography in their short career that many bands dream of. Their fifth studio album, Across The Dark,…

New Music: September album wrap-up

By Thomas Johnson, September 28 2017 — The Outfit, TX — Fuel City Fuel City is a fictitious, claustrophobic and diesel-doused urban utopia of The Outfit, TX’s making. It sits somewhere between Atlanta’s futuristic strip-palace nocturnality, the unholy menace of a Memphis dungeon and Saturn’s sixth moon. The newest album by the Dallas ensemble sounds…

New Music: The National

By Thomas Johnson, September 15 2017 — Since their days as a middling quintet amid the New York garage rock boom that blossomed with The Strokes and Interpol, The National have been steadfast in their consistency. They’re like comfort food — chicken soup for the iPod. A progression exists with each album, but you generally…

New Music: Milo

By Matt Hume, September 6 2017 —  Over the course of his career, Rory Ferreira has called himself many names. Some know him as Scallops Hotel, but most recognize him simply as Milo. Since his twin EPs in 2013, Things That Happen at Day and Things That Happen at Night, Milo has honed a style…

New Music: Tyler, the Creator

By Scott Christensen, August 17 2017 — Two years after releasing his last album, Cherry Bomb, Tyler, the Creator comes full force with Flower Boy, his best project yet. Having improved his rapping and production since his 2011 debut, Goblin, Flower Boy blossoms as a well-structured and original project. The album opens with Tyler’s signature…

New Music: Ride

By Jason Herring, June 21 2017 — Ride are the latest in a string of ‘90s shoegaze pioneers to release a 21st century reunion album. Weather Diaries is the British band’s latest effort and their first album since 1996. It flirts with both the future and the past, but rarely attains the moments of catharsis…

New Music: Lorde

By Gurman Sahota, June 16, 2017 — After bursting onto the music scene in meteoric fashion in 2013 with her debut, Pure Heroine, Lorde returns with Melodrama. Embracing a downcast pop aesthetic akin to her first album, Lorde takes the tattered remains of a lovelorn relationship and turns heartsickness on its head. The album starts…

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