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The Fall
New Facts Emerge

When introducing someone to The Fall, you might start with a disclaimer. Vocalist Mark E. Smith has a polarizing voice, not unlike, say, Tom Waits or The

Moon Duo
Occult Architecture Vol. 2

Moon Duo’s second volume of Occult Architecture is awash with the same electro-psych space grooves that marked the first, released in February.

Moon Duo
Occult Architecture Vol. 1

I came late to Moon Duo via stumbling across frontman Ripley Johnson’s rundown of his favorite psych records in The Guardian. (Johnson also plays guitar in Wooden

Staff Picks of 2016: Jamie Pietras

It’s earned its own hashtag: #WorstYearEver. The music world’s losses started with David Bowie in January and went on to claim luminaries including Phife Dawg, Merle Haggard, Glenn Frey, Keith Emerson, Greg Lake, Pete Burns, Prince, Leonard Cohen, and in a Christmas surprise, George Michael. While fans mourned on social media they also took solace in some incredible swan songs—for Bowie and Cohen, records consciously …

Kool Keith
Feature Magnetic

I’d been thinking a lot about Kool Keith not long before this record arrived, having recently revisited The Fat of the Land, The Prodigy’s bombastic 1997 release



My favorite moment in talking with fabled Pixies axeman Joey Santiago occurs in the first few minutes of our conversation, when I can hear him turn to his teenage daughter in response to a question about whether he likes the band’s new album, Head Carrier. “Are you annoyed that I listen to it a lot?” Santiago asks her as he drives. “No,” she responds, …

Head Carrier

It gets me every single time. I’m conscious of the pattern, and yet when I’m in its clutches, I convince myself that for some reason this time is different. When I

Dinosaur Jr.
Give a Glimpse of What Yer Not

The track that got me excited to hear the new Dinosaur Jr. record wasn’t a proper song at all, but a seven-minute montage of the album’s guitar solos

Julianna Barwick

Julianna Barwick is an experimental composer and vocalist whose music invites metaphorical comparisons to grandiose landscapes and natural phenomena

Under the Big Black Sun
by John Doe with Tom DeSavia

Eclipsed in popular consciousness by their distant cousins in New York and London, LA’s punk progenitors forged an eclectic scene where

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