M83

Junk

Mute

Apr 08, 2016 Music Web Exclusive

In the run-up to Junk, Anthony Gonzalez said that "on the last album, there was too much of me," referring to his centerpiece vocals on Hurry Up, We're Dreaming. The 2011 record broke through to the mainstream with Gonzalez fronting the majority of his M83 compositions for the first time, a role he apparently found limiting. More

Apr 08, 2016 Music Web Exclusive

Perhaps the nadir of The Simpsons' decline is the 19th-season episode "That '90s Show," an anachronistic flashback episode that needlessly rewrites the history of the beloved show and its titular family. More

Apr 07, 2016 Music Web Exclusive

Andrew Savage works through tough emotions on the title track to the new Parquet Courts record. He questions his own emotional sincerity after a breakup and parses whether his reactions were the result of societal programming. Was he acting, giving a "human performance?" Did he, in his words, simply behave as a malfunctioning apparatus? More

Apr 07, 2016 Music Web Exclusive

It's been eight years since Arctic Monkeys' Alex Turner and Miles Kane (known also for his solo work and with the trio The Rascals) released The Age of Understatement and revealed their collaboration to be more than a working holiday. And if Everything You've Come to Expect doesn't cut significantly into Turner's time with the Monkeys, it makes a strong case for a shorter wait between records than the eight years since Understatement.   More

Apr 07, 2016 Music Web Exclusive

Flying the twee flag is perhaps a young person's game, and Frankie Cosmos continues to play it like, say, an extremely spry Robert Pollard-prolifically and without much of a filter, her catalog now stacking band-and-studio recordings atop dozens of bedroom-to-Bandcamp affairs. In interviews,  More

Apr 06, 2016 Music Web Exclusive

"Get out your dictionaries," Andrew Bird sings on the title song to his latest solo full-length, an apt line for someone whose lyrics often read like the New York Times crossword puzzle. Through his dozen-plus albums, Bird has used his verbosity as a shield, a way of keeping some distance from the listener.  More

Kanye West

The Life of Pablo

G.O.O.D./Def Jam

Apr 06, 2016 Music Web Exclusive

Who exactly is Kanye West in 2016? Is he the envelope-pushing, genre-defining producer and artist who reshaped hip-hop (including 2010's My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, which I still believe to be the best album of the decade so far)? Alternatively, is he the haughty, rant-prone celebrity husband more widely known for his temper than his talent?  More

Apr 06, 2016 Music Web Exclusive

It has been five years since the release of Take Care, Take Care, Take Care, Explosions in the Sky's last non-soundtrack album. (Working on the films Prince Avalanche, Lone Survivor, and Manglehorn kept the group plenty busy in the interim.) Now, a full 16 years since the Texas-bred quartet made its debut with How Strange, Innocence, The Wilderness marks a true-to-form refinement of the band's signature sound. More

Apr 05, 2016 Music Web Exclusive

The release of a new Weezer record always seems to cause as much trepidation as it does excitement. Their fans are loyal and often near-exclusive; there's even a blog dedicated to finding new music that sounds like "old Weezer." More