neo-psychedelia

Tame Impala: The Champion of Introverts

Tame Impala: The Champion of Introverts

Despite society’s antagonism toward introverts, Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker steadfastly offers himself as a vulnerable, somewhat blushing symbol of the gifted loner.

Dua Lipa Sets a Major Breakthrough for Indie and Pop Music

Dua Lipa Sets a Major Breakthrough for Indie and Pop Music

With the help of Kevin Parker and Danny L. Harle, Dua Lipa’s new album Radical Optimism sounds like Tame Impala meets PC Music and goes to headline Glastonbury.

The String Cheese Incident Ring in 2024 in Oakland

The String Cheese Incident Ring in 2024 in Oakland

It’s an Aquatic Soiree celebrating String Cheese Incident’s 30th anniversary, with each set representing a succeeding decade in their illustrious career.

The Fragmented Quality of Boards of Canada’s ‘Music Has the Right to Children’

The Fragmented Quality of Boards of Canada’s ‘Music Has the Right to Children’

Boards of Canada’s Music Has the Right to Children is murky, burned, and melted. It sounds like 1980s synth, disco, new age, and new wave heard through a wall.

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.

Grails Balance Their Scales: The Reckoning of ‘Anches En Maat’

Grails Balance Their Scales: The Reckoning of ‘Anches En Maat’

Portland’s experimental post-rock kingpins Grails mark two decades since their debut with a new full-length retrospective LP and chat with PopMatters.

Weval Quantum Leap Down Memory Lane in the Cerebral Dance of ‘Remember’

Weval Quantum Leap Down Memory Lane in the Cerebral Dance of ‘Remember’

Weval pore beats and static all over the melodies on their dense textural new album, Remember, which only highlights how melodic it really is.

The Church’s ‘The Hypnogogue’ Is Stunning

The Church’s ‘The Hypnogogue’ Is Stunning

Whether calming you with lush songs like “Aerodrome” and “The Coming Days” or tickling the edges of your mind with “Thorn”, the Church’s The Hypnogogue is stunning.

Guy Chadwick Ponders the Past, Present, and Future of The House of Love

Guy Chadwick Ponders the Past, Present, and Future of The House of Love

With a new album, tour, and eight-CD retrospective of his ’90s work, the House of Love’s Guy Chadwick seems remarkably laid back about it all.

Back to Earth on Elf Power’s ‘Artificial Countrysides’

Back to Earth on Elf Power’s ‘Artificial Countrysides’

On Artificial Countrysides, Elf Power ground cosmic apocalypse and global destruction into fever dreams from their own backyard.

The Church’s Steve Kilbey Talks “Blurred Crusade Live”:  The Greatest ’80s Concert You’ve Never Seen

The Church’s Steve Kilbey Talks “Blurred Crusade Live”: The Greatest ’80s Concert You’ve Never Seen

Classic concert “Blurred Crusade Live” launches the Church to a place few bands ever reach, on stage or anywhere else. It’s a golden moment of transcendent ’80s rock joy.

Beach House’s ‘Once Twice Melody’ Is an 18-Track Epic That Never Wears Out Its Welcome

Beach House’s ‘Once Twice Melody’ Is an 18-Track Epic That Never Wears Out Its Welcome

Beach House are always tinkering around the edges of their sonic universe, getting darker, weirder, subtler, and more expansive. They do that on Once Twice Melody, and the payoff is enormous.