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Tuesday, November 12th, 2019  

Album Reviews


Isaac Delusion

Nov 12, 2019 Web Exclusive

Parisian electro-pop pairing Loïc Fleury and Jules Pacotte (aka Isaac Delusion) are back with their third LP, uplifters, released on microqlima. 


Allah Las

Nov 11, 2019 Web Exclusive

On their fourth LP, Los Angeles' Allah Las embrace newness, yet still manage to maintain their well-worn essence of cool.


Michael Kiwanuka

Nov 08, 2019 Web Exclusive

On his third studio album, London's Michael Kiwanuka dives even deeper into the R&B, funk and soul influences of 2016's Love & Hatesetting out to explore distortion, voice samples, darkness and light, and a recurring motif of identity.

Classic Interviews

The National on Balancing Life and Art

The National on Balancing Life and Art
Hudson Valley Hidaway

May 25, 2018 Issue #63 - Courtney Barnett

One hundred and twenty miles north of New York City, Hudson, NY, sits quietly alongside the river with which it shares its name. Established in the late 1700s by merchants from Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard who needed an inland port for their whaling ships, the historic upstate locale has endured its equal share of anonymity and notoriety over the decades, at one point serving as a haven in the early 20th century for all manner of vice, including gambling, bootlegging, and an infamous red-light district.

Comic Book Reviews

The Weatherman Vol. 1

Apr 05, 2019 Issue #65 - Mitski and boygenius

Collecting the first six issues of the series by writer Jody LeHeup, artist Nathan Fox, and colorist Dave Stewart, The Weatherman scratched our sci-fi/action/adventure itch better than anything has since Schwarzenegger's big-screen heyday. 


Temples on “Hot Motion”

Temples on “Hot Motion”

Nov 06, 2019 Web Exclusive

After a two-and-a-half year gap between albums, Temples returned in late September with Hot Motion, their third full-length album. They were armed with a new label, America's ATO after two albums on England's Heavenly (which were released by Fat Possum in U.S.), and a slimmed down line-up, with lead singer/guitarist James Bagshaw, bassist Thomas Walmsley, and keyboardist/guitarist Adam Smith remaining after the departure of drummer Samuel Toms.

Ride – Mark Gardener on “This Is Not a Safe Place”

Ride – Mark Gardener on “This Is Not a Safe Place”

Oct 30, 2019

It's been a rewarding four years for Ride since the band returned to the live stage in the early part of 2015 after an 18-year hiatus. Since then, the Oxford, England-formed four-piece have recorded two critically acclaimed albums culminating in this year's excellent This Is Not a Safe Place, a record some are calling their finest since 1992's Going Blank Again.

Pleased to meet you

The Soft Cavalry – Steve Clarke and Rachel Goswell on Their Self-Titled Debut Album

Oct 24, 2019 Web Exclusive

The Soft Cavalry is the brainchild of husband and wife duo Steve Clarke and Rachel Goswell. The latter perhaps better known for her work with Slowdive, Mojave 3, and Minor Victories while the former has played bass and sang backing vocals in a number of bands (including Ricky Gervais/David Brent's Foregone Conclusion) as both a full time member and session musician.


25 of the Best Elton John Songs You’ve (Probably) Never Heard

Jun 10, 2019

Rocketman is here. And it's spectacular. As such, I've got Elton on the mind.

I didn't go to the church of Jesus Christ when I was a kid. I went to the church of Elton John. Still do. We had portraits of Elton and his lyricist Bernie Taupin framed, matted, and hanging in the hallway as if they were fuckin' family members. LOL. Mom took me to my first concert in 1994. I was 11. It was Elton and Ray Cooper at the Greek Theater in LA. In 7th grade, I had a picture of Elton on the front of my school folder and one of Taupin on the back. Caught a lot of shit for it too. It was middle school, it was the mid-'90s, I was a weirdo.

So I'm a mega-fan for sure.

When people ask me where to start with Elton's catalog, here's what I tell 'em: All the studio albums from the 1970 self-titled Elton John through 1976's Blue Moves are essential. That's 10 albums people. 10 ALBUMS IN 6 YEARS. All of them essential. And no, we're not gonna get into anything after Blue Moves. Don't have time. Too controversial. But do check out 1981's The Fox and 1983's Too Low for Zero if you have the appetite.

Those 10 studio albums aren't just essential because of their brain-scramblingly good singles, but also because the non-single album tracks are Just. Un. Real. To celebrate all that incredible music and the release of Rocketman, I've compiled 25 of the very best Elton John songs I reckon you've never heard.

What'd we miss? BRING IT.

 By Kenny S McGuane

Live reviews

Adorable at the Scala, London, UK, November 3, 2019

Adorable at the Scala, London, UK, November 3, 2019

Nov 08, 2019 By Dom Gourlay

"This will be the last song Adorable will ever play," announces Peter (aka Piotr) Fijalkowski before launching into "A to Fade In." Its haunting words ("I don't want to be a faded memory") depicting Adorable's untimely demise a quarter of a century ago.


PLAYlist 48: Gates of Delirium

PLAYlist 48: Gates of Delirium

Oct 31, 2019 By Austin Trunick

Euros get spooky in Renegade's new Gates of Delirium.

Cinema Reviews

The Kill Team

Oct 24, 2019 Web Exclusive

There’s a certain timeliness to Krauss' depiction of toxic masculinity in the armed forces. 

Television Reviews

Back to Life
(Showtime, Sundays at 10 p.m.)

Nov 08, 2019 Web Exclusive

The residents of the small town of Hythe don't believe in the concept of "paid her debt to society." This is what Miri Matteson (Daisy Haggard), the main protagonist in Back to Life finds out very quickly upon her release from an 18-year sentence in prison.