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Album Reviews

Swan

girlpuppy
Swan

Oct 15, 2021 Web Exclusive

Becca Harvey’s debut EP, Swan, released under her girlpuppy moniker, certainly demonstrates an ability to craft timeless yet contemporary vignettes for the lost and the lovelorn.

Good As Gone

Allie Dunn
Good As Gone

Oct 14, 2021 Web Exclusive

Despite her East Coast roots, New York native Allie Dunn sounds as though she was born and raised in her adopted hometown of Nashville. This, coupled with her sunny Laurel Canyon fascinations, renders her a purveyor of paradigmatic American music.

This Place Will Become Your Tomb

Sleep Token
This Place Will Become Your Tomb

Oct 14, 2021 Web Exclusive

With their fine second album, This Place Will Become Your Tomb, an alternately delicate and crushing piece of work, the masked, secretive members of Sleep Token have produced one of best prog/metal/indie crossover records of 2021.

Comic Book Reviews

Poison Ivy: Thorns

Poison Ivy: Thorns
DC

Jul 12, 2021 Web Exclusive

Poison Ivy: Thorns, the new graphic novel dedicated to the familiar DC Comics villain, Poison Ivy, is as much traditional origin story as it is potential for a new Netflix miniseries in the vein of The Queen’s Gambit. The book portrays both the buzzy contemporary superhero intrigue as it does the de-evolution of a compelling, beautiful, modern, and free thinking character—and one, in particular, many will likely wish they had for reference as younger people.

Interviews

My Firsts: Hayden Thorpe

My Firsts: Hayden Thorpe

Oct 15, 2021 Web Exclusive

My Firsts is our email interview series where we ask musicians to tell us about their first life experiences, be it early childhood ones (first word, first concert, etc.) or their first tastes of being a musician (first band, first tour, etc.). For this My Firsts we talk to Hayden Thorpe.

Johnny Marr on His New “Fever Dreams, Pt. 1” EP and His Favorite Smiths Song

Johnny Marr on His New “Fever Dreams, Pt. 1” EP and His Favorite Smiths Song

Oct 14, 2021 Web Exclusive

Although Johnny Marr co-wrote ’80s hits such as “Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now”—playing riffs as lyrical as anything frontman Morrissey ever penned—the ex-Smiths guitarist is now singing a very different tune. “Spirit Power and Soul,” the lead single from Marr’s new solo EP Fever Dreams, Pt. 1 (out tomorrow) is a stark departure from the melancholic songs he and The Smiths soundtracked many an angsty adolescence with.

Pleased to meet you

Indigo De Souza on “Any Shape You Take”

Sep 10, 2021 Web Exclusive

“It’s been crazy,” laughs North Carolina singer/songwriter Indigo De Souza, regarding the critical acclaim for her second album Any Shape You Take. “It’s also the busiest I’ve ever been in my life.”

Lists

Ranked: The 10 Best Courtney Barnett Songs to Date

Aug 12, 2021

Courtney Barnett, the songstress from down under, has graced us with four studio albums, an EP and several singles since 2012, and her latest ones, “Rae Street” and “Before You Gotta Go,” both precede her upcoming LP Things Take Time, Take Time (which is due out November 12 via Mom + Pop Music/Marathon Artists). The 33-year-old singer/songwriter/guitarist from Melbourne, Australia, is less about dividing her discography into songs you do and don’t like, and more about grouping them into the ones you love and the other ones you really really love. Indie folk, garage rock, stoner soul, she does it all, and these 10 picks are only a taste to get you hooked on the rest and tide you over until the new album comes out. Speaking of, we’ll start with “Rae Street,” which is not officially on this list but gives you an idea of where Barnett is at now (and was #1 on our Songs of the Week list), as well as “Before You Gotta Go,” which just came out this week. Then there’ll be an honorable mention and the full Top 10. By Lily Guthrie.

Live reviews

Check Out Photos of H.E.R. at the Santa Barbara Bowl

Check Out Photos of H.E.R. at the Santa Barbara Bowl

Oct 15, 2021 By Mark Redfern

H.E.R. released her debut full-length album, Back of My Mind, in June via RCA. She recently performed at the Santa Barbara Bowl, in Santa Barbara, CA, and our photographer Robert Redfield was on the scene to capture the action.

Blog

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club – Reflecting on the 20th Anniversary of “B.R.M.C.”

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club – Reflecting on the 20th Anniversary of “B.R.M.C.”

Oct 06, 2021 By Austin Saalman

There is a curse cast upon those bands unfortunate enough to outdo themselves before there is truly an established self to outdo. Strong debuts spawn high expectations straight out of the gate and such acts are pressured to run before they’ve learned to walk, each subsequent album resulting all too often in an endless barrage of conversations and debates concerning the “old stuff.”