By rmbray

How 1977 Broke All the Rules and Changed Music Forever

David Byrne, Tina Weymouth, Jerry Harrison, and Chris Frantz could have called their debut record anything. But even with a world of potential titles at their disposal, the Talking Heads opted to matter-of-factly name their first record after the year it was conceived. The art rock icons might have been going for an understated title […]

By liorphillips

Spoon’s Britt Daniel Breaks Down His Band’s Entire Discography

As Spoon announce a 10th anniversary reissue of Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga, revisit what frontman Britt Daniel had to say about the album and the rest of his band’s discography. On the morning before one of Spoon’s first shows supporting new album Hot Thoughts, Britt Daniel exudes an inordinate calm. I’ve asked him to take a […]

By Ben Kaye

Liars share two new tracks, “Coins in My Caged Fist” and “The Grand Delusional”: Stream

Photo by Zen Sekizawa Angus Andrew has insinuated that his forthcoming album as Liars, TFCF (short for Themes From Crying Fountain), is unlike any past release from the project. That’s not entirely surprising, since Liars have long been about progress from record to record. As if to prove the point, two different tracks from the Mess follow-up have been shared […]

By Matt Melis

Album Review: Broken Social Scene – Hug of Thunder

In the opening to season three of HBO series The Leftovers, a woman in the 1800s climbs her roof to prepare for the end of the world, an apocalyptic flood her church predicted will arrive. When it doesn’t, the pastor announces the date was wrong and reschedules a new Armageddon, but members of her congregation, […]

By Randall Colburn

Algiers share new track “Walk Like a Panther”, plus a remix by Uniform — listen

Photo by​ ​Philip Cosores Algiers have described their new album, The Underside of Power, as reflective of “a world riven by fascist nationalism and white power fantasies in the US and abroad.” That sentiment rippled throughout its title track and “Cleveland”, both of which are fierce, biting, and aggressively political. Now, just a few days before […]

By Ben Kaye

Algiers pay tribute to victims of police violence on “Cleveland” — listen

 Photo by ​Philip Cosores​ When it comes to music with political statements in 2017, you’ll be hard pressed to find anything more powerful and overt than Algiers. The New York/London band recently announced their sophomore album, The Underside of Power, with its hard-hitting, soulful title track. Now, they’re back with another culturally critical single, “Cleveland”. The track […]

By Ben Kaye

Suicide’s Martin Rev announces new solo album, Demolition 9, shares two tracks — listen

Photo by​ Divine Enfantr Among the many artists we lost last year was Suicide frontman Alan Vega, who passed away in July. While his death put an end to the great proto-punk outfit, his multi-instrumental bandmate Martin Rev is soldiering on. Today, he’s announced a new solo album called Demolition 9. The record marks Rev’s first new material […]

By liorphillips

Spoon’s Britt Daniel Breaks Down His Band’s Entire Discography

Photo by Philip Cosores On the morning before one of Spoon’s first shows supporting new album Hot Thoughts, Britt Daniel exudes an inordinate calm. I’ve asked him to take a journey back through each of Spoon’s nine albums. He remains unfazed, speaking softly yet confidently, his memory sharp and his opinions sharper. And yet, he doesn’t seem the type […]

By Ben Kaye

Fucked Up share epic new 12-inch EP, Year of the Snake: Stream

Photo by​ ​Philip Cosores Fucked Up have never been ones to shy away from epically lengthy tracks, and their latest is no exception. While some punk bands can make an entire album last 24 minutes, the Canadian hardcore powerhouses clock that in one song. “Year of the Snake” is the eighth single in the band’s Zodiac Series, following […]