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Album Reviews

Breaking Point

Jackson + Sellers
Breaking Point

Oct 27, 2021 Web Exclusive

One of the year’s most intriguing releases, Jackson+Sellers’ Breaking Point is exactly the radical shakeup needed within the Americana movement for quite some time.

Start Static: 20th Anniversary Edition

Sugarcult
Start Static: 20th Anniversary Edition

Oct 27, 2021 Web Exclusive

Two decades after the fact, Sugarcult’s oft-overlooked classic Start Static still pulsates with the same defiantly youthful energy that earned “Stuck in America” and “Bouncing Off the Walls” slots on the American Wedding and American Pie Presents The Naked Mile soundtracks, respectively.

Sympathy for Life

Parquet Courts
Sympathy for Life

Oct 26, 2021 Web Exclusive

Parquet Courts have been a band on the cutting edge of the rock scene for a while now. Between Light Up Gold, Human Performance, and, most recently, Wide Awake!, these country-boys-turned-punks have amassed one of the most consistently good discographies of the past decade in a genre oft-called dead.

Classic Interviews

Fear of Men

Fear of Men
Love and Loss

Jun 10, 2016 Issue # 57 - M83

Following an auspicious singles collection in 2013’s Early Fragments, and their even better debut LP Loom, released in 2014, Fear of Men established themselves as a highly idiosyncratic entity in the annals of British indie pop music.

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

Supergrass – Mick Quinn on the Deluxe Reissue of 1997’s “In It for the Money”

Supergrass – Mick Quinn on the Deluxe Reissue of 1997’s “In It for the Money”

Oct 26, 2021 Web Exclusive

There were many disappointments when tours were cancelled starting in spring of 2020. Not the least of these were Supergrass gigs marking the reunion of the power trio-turned-quartet, 10 years after their split. The tour was in conjunction with the release of a career spanning best of collection: Supergrass: The Strange Ones 1994 – 2008.

They Might Be Giants’ John Linnell on the Power of Individuality and the Band’s New “BOOK” LP

They Might Be Giants’ John Linnell on the Power of Individuality and the Band’s New “BOOK” LP

Oct 25, 2021 Web Exclusive

John Linnell, co-founder for the Grammy Award-winning alternative rock group, They Might Be Giants, knows that process is as important as product, if not more so.

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.

Blog

Eels – Reflecting on the 20th Anniversary of “Souljacker”

Eels – Reflecting on the 20th Anniversary of “Souljacker”

Oct 25, 2021 By Austin Saalman

Released over a week subsequent to the 9/11 attacks, Eels’ Souljacker showcased Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter Mark Oliver Everett’s—better known by his stage moniker “E”—typically grim worldview, which suddenly seemed almost indicative of the times, although his creative misery predated the incident by a number of years.