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Peaking Lights

"Breakdown"

The earliest recordings that mystical married-duo Indra Dunis and Aaron Coyes made as Peaking Lights sounded like a couple of crate-digging noiseheads locked in a well-lit attic with a collection of Lee "Scratch" Perry vinyl culled from the curb. As ...

Vince Staples

"Blue Suede"

In his song-stealing guest verse on last year's Earl Sweatshirt track "Hive", Vince Staples offered a self-description that read like a great Twitter bio: "If this was '88, I would've signed to Ruthless [Records]." As a statement of artistic intent, ...

Caribou

"Our Love"

"Our Love" is the name of Dan Snaith's fifth album as Caribou and it is also the name of its second single. It's clear he's got a lot to say on the topic, so let him tell you all about ...

iLoveMakonnen

"Club Goin Up on a Tuesday" [ft. Drake]

Drake didn't need to remix "Club Going Up on a Tuesday", but it's a good thing he did. Considering how early tracks like "Sex, Love, Ecstasy" and the almost indescribable "Tonight" had iLoveMakonnen poised to be some sort of #based ...

Youth Code

"Consuming Guilt"

They say if you used to be punk, you never were in the first place. Can you really say that about Youth Code, though? The Los Angeles duo make EBM that seemingly betrays their hardcore roots, but a closer listen ...

Mr Twin Sister

"Blush"

Front page photo by Kimi Selfridge Long Island doesn't really do good taste. I'm allowed to say this without getting a fist-pump to the jaw because I grew up an hour away from Penn Station on the LIRR surrounded by ...

Pallbearer

Foundations of Burden

Doom outfit Pallbearer's ascension as one of metal's crossover acts started with 2012's Sorrow and Extinction, and with the release of their brilliant second album, it's easy to imagine them gaining even more popularity. Foundations finds a band firing on all cylinders and surpassing what already seemed like a watermark for the genre.

FKA twigs

LP1

FKA twigs' first full-length is a monumental debut. On a formal level, it takes the kinds of risks that few pop artists, and few "experimental" artists, for that matter, are willing to take these days. As far as the making of the artist known as FKA twigs goes, it brings her tantalizingly into focus without shedding any of the mystique she has developed so far.

Spoon

They Want My Soul

Spoon's eighth album is their most booming LP, most resembling a companion piece to 2007's masterwork Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga. Joe Chiccarelli and Dave Fridmann share co-production credits along with the band themselves, and They Want My Soul pulls at familiar threads, fraying things to make them seem now.

The Unicorns

Who Will Cut Our Hair When We're Gone?

In an early-2000s Montreal music community renowned for heart-on-sleeve, shoot-for-the-moon rockestras, the Unicorns were the odd band out. Eleven years on, their messy and often brilliant full-length has been reissued with bonus tracks. 

Cocteau Twins

Blue Bell Knoll/Heaven or Las Vegas

Cocteau Twins' fifth and sixth albums are seeing deluxe vinyl reissues this week. These two releases—which were their last for 4AD—present the boundary-pushing innovators as first and foremost a pop band. And pop rarely sounds as transformative and as transfixing as it does here.

Caustic Window

Caustic Window LP

Earlier this year, a test pressing of a previously unreleased LP by Caustic Window, one of Aphex Twin mastermind Richard James’ many pseudonyms, appeared for sale on Discogs, followed by a crowd-funded release sanctioned by James. The backstory stands as proof of the connectedness of fandom in the digital era, but the music also has its own rewards.

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Rustie

After setting an audacious pace for electronic music—and parts of the pop world—a few years ago, Scottish producer Russell Whyte talks with Larry Fitzmaurice about where he's going next with his imminent second album, Green Language.

Staff Lists

The 100 Best Albums of the Decade So Far (2010-2014)

From Tame Impala to Frank Ocean to the Caretaker to Beach House to Kurt Vile and lots more, our picks for the best albums of the last five years. 

Situation Critical

The New Pornographers

Band leader A.C. Newman tells Ryan Dombal what music he'd play in certain life situations: the Dream Syndicate while cleaning the fridge, the Sonics at a wedding, the Flaming Lips at the gym, Giorgio Moroder in the middle of the night, and more.

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The 200 Best Tracks of the Decade So Far (2010-2014)

From Drake to Beach House to Deafheaven to Sophie to Grimes to Cloud Nothings to, yes, Kanye—our picks for the best songs of the half-decade. 

Articles

Searching for Tomorrow: The Story of Madlib and DOOM's Madvillainy

Ten years after the release of Madlib and DOOM's mind meld of an album, Jeff Weiss traces the history of Madvillain and details how these two mystifying artists came together for a rap classic.

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Accidents Happen: Britt Daniel on the Songs of Spoon

The increasingly legendary frontman tells Mike Powell about the stories behind 20 songs from across Spoon's spotless career, offering rare insight into the band's psyche and sound.

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Pharmakon

The throat-shredding noise artist talks to Brandon Stosuy about how a medical emergency inspired her new album Bestial Burden, which grapples with concepts about the separation between mind and body as well as the paralyzing inevitability of death.

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Single Mothers

Combining scab-peeling punk with speak-shout vocals reminiscent of the Hold Steady, this band of townies from London, Ontario, ruthlessly skewers hypocrites, McSweeney's snobs, drunk assholes, and God, just to name a few. By Ian Cohen.