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RJD2 Refines His Signature Sound on ‘Visions Out of Limelight’

RJD2 Refines His Signature Sound on ‘Visions Out of Limelight’

RJD2 felt he was getting pigeonholed for his sample-based style, only to be lambasted when diverting from it. On his new album, he embraces his true muse.

Joyce Manor’s ‘Never Hungover Again’ Is a Timeless Snapshot of Fading Youth

Joyce Manor’s ‘Never Hungover Again’ Is a Timeless Snapshot of Fading Youth

Joyce Manor’s ‘Never Hungover Again’ still sounds urgent and endlessly replayable cranked up loud with the windows down, and it will stay that way.

Leaving Records Are Bigger and Weirder Than Ever Turning 15

Leaving Records Are Bigger and Weirder Than Ever Turning 15

Los Angeles experimental label Leaving Records embrace an “all genre” aesthetic. At 15 years old, their artists are moving the cultural needle in a big way.

Blaxploitation Movies and Music Are the Story of the 1970s

Blaxploitation Movies and Music Are the Story of the 1970s

Blaxploitation signaled the moment ghetto culture and the Black vernacular hit the American mainstream, paving the way for rap, hip-hop, disco, and modern sports.

The Buddy Movie That Is Lake Street Dive

The Buddy Movie That Is Lake Street Dive

To celebrate two decades of joyful jazz-pop perfection, the members of Lake Street Dive had to find new ways to write and record for new album Good Together.

A Comeback Story for the Ages: Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Californication at 25  

A Comeback Story for the Ages: Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Californication at 25  

Red Hot Chili Peppers made an LP on their own terms with Californication. They silenced the doubters and launched the second act of their extraordinary career.

Summer 2024 European Music Festivals Light Up Major Cities

Summer 2024 European Music Festivals Light Up Major Cities

Sure, Glastonbury and Rock Werchter dazzle with pastoral grandeur, but if you’re more of a city-dweller, check out the best European music festivals this summer.

Phish Inspire Instrumentally, Falter Lyrically on ‘Evolve’

Phish Inspire Instrumentally, Falter Lyrically on ‘Evolve’

The verdict on Evolve is what so many people have given Phish in the past: the instrumentals are fabulous, but the lyrics leave something to be desired.

Upon the Edge of No Escape: Joy Division’s ‘Unknown Pleasures’ at 45

Upon the Edge of No Escape: Joy Division’s ‘Unknown Pleasures’ at 45

A unique-sounding album, Unknown Pleasures retains the dark mystery of Ian Curtis and Joy Division while anticipating future moods and genres.

Godspeed You! Black Emperor’s Opus Remains Powerful and Prescient

Godspeed You! Black Emperor’s Opus Remains Powerful and Prescient

Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven by Godspeed You! Black Emperor reminds us that sometimes the most powerful protest is (nearly) wordless.

Gracie Abrams and the Secret of Confessional Writing

Gracie Abrams and the Secret of Confessional Writing

The strong hooks on The Secret of Us provide the missing third dimension to Gracie Abrams’ songs and create a winning formula that could sustain more albums. 

K-Pop Finally Has Its Meta-Moment with the Dynamic Art of ARTMS

K-Pop Finally Has Its Meta-Moment with the Dynamic Art of ARTMS

The K-pop market is oversaturated, but ARTMS cut through the technicolor noise by remixing and defying lore conventions to create something drastically new.