art pop

Miracle Sweepstakes Craft a Marvelous Trip on ‘Last Licks’

Miracle Sweepstakes Craft a Marvelous Trip on ‘Last Licks’

Miracle Sweepstakes’ Last Licks is full of sweet psychedelic pop. The guitar effects and whimsical orchestrations throughout are reminiscent of the late 1960s.

Vanishing Twin Balance Grooves, Ambience, and Psychedelia

Vanishing Twin Balance Grooves, Ambience, and Psychedelia

Vanishing Twin’s Afternoon X is a worthwhile musical journey through a wealth of different ambient, psychedelic, and groove-based sounds.

How Fleetwood Mac’s Stevie Nicks Became the New Age “White Witch”

How Fleetwood Mac’s Stevie Nicks Became the New Age “White Witch”

The idea of Stevie Nicks as Fleetwood Mac’s “white witch” is particularly poignant as the second wave of feminism rolled into the ’70s.

Blur Bring Down the Rain at Primavera Sound Madrid

Blur Bring Down the Rain at Primavera Sound Madrid

Blur’s opening performance at Primavera Sound Madrid is cancelled due to rain, but their insane, borderline mythical private gig for a lucky few brings us to our knees.

Laura Wolf Brings Emotional Resonance to Glitches and Samples on ‘Shelf Life’

Laura Wolf Brings Emotional Resonance to Glitches and Samples on ‘Shelf Life’

Laura Wolf takes us on a true sonic adventure, marrying glitchy samples with emotional execution. It makes you want to hear more from this unique voice.

Water From Your Eyes Glance at Stardom with ‘Everyone’s Crushed’

Water From Your Eyes Glance at Stardom with ‘Everyone’s Crushed’

Water From Your Eyes traffic between experimental music of the krautrock period of the late 1960s and early 1970s and today’s feminine pop sensibility.

Vampire Weekend’s ‘Modern Vampires of the City’ at 10

Vampire Weekend’s ‘Modern Vampires of the City’ at 10

Vampire Weekend’s Modern Vampires of the City is very much a studio creation in the 21st-century sense, born from many months of sweat and obsession behind computer screens.

Kesha’s ‘Gag Order’ Is an Artistic Cry for Help

Kesha’s ‘Gag Order’ Is an Artistic Cry for Help

Is Kesha’s new experimental art-pop record, Gag Order, a cautionary tale? A cry for help? A cathartic release? Most likely, it’s all of the above.

Ane Brun Releases Two LPs and Shares “Hand in the Fire” (premiere)

Ane Brun Releases Two LPs and Shares “Hand in the Fire” (premiere)

Norwegian alt-pop artist Ane Brun releases two compilation records tomorrow, while today, she shares the previously unreleased “Hand in the Fire” with a video.

A Man Out of Time: On Scott Walker’s ‘Scott 2’

A Man Out of Time: On Scott Walker’s ‘Scott 2’

Scott Walker is a funhouse version of David Bowie. He carved out his own space in music, one almost stubbornly unfashionable but also indispensable in the way one-of-a-kind things often are.

15 Essential Scott Walker Songs

15 Essential Scott Walker Songs

We celebrate the career of experimental pop pioneer Scott Walker through 15 of his essential songs.

Angel Olsen’s EP ‘Forever Means’ Provides a Coda for ‘Big Time’

Angel Olsen’s EP ‘Forever Means’ Provides a Coda for ‘Big Time’

Angel Olsen’s Forever Means reaffirms her rising status as a worthy successor to esteemed figures like Emmylou Harris, Patty Griffin, and Iris DeMent.