ALBUM REVIEW: Bill Callahan Settles in on ‘Gold Record’
A gentle warmth enlivens the singer-songwriter's follow-up to 2019's 'Shepherd in a Sheepskin Vest'.
ALBUM REVIEW: Nas and Hit-Boy Unite on ‘King’s Disease’
Bottom Line: it's the best Nas record in years.
ALBUM REVIEW: MIKE’s ‘Weight of the World’ is a Raw, Exceptional Eulogy for a Lost Loved One
The latest long player from the Bronx rapper/producer is a beautiful meditation on grief that shows how much he's grown.
ALBUM REVIEW: HAIM Makes a Crappy Year a Little Bit Better on ‘WIMP3’
The Haim sisters' third outing is a masterpiece of sunny California rock.
ALBUM REVIEW: ‘RTJ4’
Killer Mike and El-P's glorious late-career renaissance continues with another profoundly timely, brilliantly explosive masterpiece.
ALBUM REVIEW: ‘Sailor Poon’s First Album’ is Here to Sit on Your Face
Loud, brash and in your face, Sailor Poon may as well be the face of the modern riot grrrl movement.
ALBUM REVIEW: X Sound Forever Young on ‘ALPHABETLAND’
The L.A. punks reunite with their original lineup for the first time in 35 years.
ALBUM REVIEW: Charli XCX Finds Connection in Isolation
Her new album, 'how i'm feeling now', channels the anxieties of quarantine into a bold, delightful statement.
ALBUM REVIEW: Isobel Campbell Paints a Rainbow on ‘There Is No Other’
Like being licked in the ear by a psychedelic mushroom.
ALBUM REVIEW: Fiona Apple’s ‘Fetch The Bolt Cutters’ is Infinite
The songwriter laureate's fifth record is a stewing masterpiece, brewed of raw honesty and imperfection.
ALBUM REVIEW: The Homesick Hits the Gym on ‘The Big Exercise’
On their Sub Pop debut, the Dutch trio finds their magic formula.
ALBUM REVIEW: Shabazz Palaces Gets Funky with ‘The Don of Diamond Dreams’
The new record from Ishmael Butler's experimental rap venture is a delightful mix of psychedelic and corporeal funk.
ALBUM REVIEW: Boldy James Steps Out on ‘The Price of Tea in China’
The Detroit MC emerges from the underground on his Alchemized LP.
YOU GOTTA HEAR THIS: Omni’s ‘Networker’
A stripped-down vision of post-punk that’s no less thrilling.
ALBUM REVIEW: Can Soundtracks the Apocalypse on ‘Live 1970’
Legendary live set from the experimental pioneers does not disappoint.
ALBUM REVIEW: Destroyer Returns With ‘Have We Met’
Dan Bejar's new record just might be his best since 'Kaputt.'
ALBUM REVIEW: Real Estate Paint Their Masterpiece on ‘The Main Thing’
Like hearing from an old friend.
ALBUM REVIEW: Disclosure’s New EP is a Bouncy Return to Form
The Lawrence bros return with 5 tracks of globe-trotting house music.
ALBUM REVIEW: Moses Boyd Soundtracks Dark Days in the U.K.
The drummer/producer's solo debut is a post-Brexit masterpiece.
ALBUM REVIEW: Green Day Keeps It Brief on ‘Father of All…’
While no one really needs a new Green Day album, the aging punks' latest effort doesn't overstay its welcome.
ALBUM REVIEW: Beach Slang Makes Their Perfect ’80s Mixtape
With an actual Replacement joining them in the studio, the Philly outfit doubles down on their hard rock influences.
ALBUM REVEIW: ‘Prison on a Hill’ Is Somos at Their Most Anthemic
The Boston emo outfit dropped one of 2019's most underrated LP.
Quinn Brown’s Top 25 Albums of 2019
If you don't know many of these, you're probably over the age of 25.
My Top 5 Music Discoveries of 2019
MMC’s Editor-in-Chief reflects on his year in listening and learning.
ALBUM REVIEW: Leonard Cohen’s Takes a Final Bow on ‘Thanks for the Dance’
The Godfather of Gloom had one more timeless tome up his sleeve.
ALBUM REVIEW: The Who Come Full Circle on ‘WHO’
Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey finally figured out how to forge on.
ALBUM REVIEW: Michael Kiwanuka Lays It All out There on ‘KIWANUKA’
The British singer-songwriter quietly drops his biggest statement yet.
ALBUM REVIEW: Angel Olsen Gets Reflective on ‘All Mirrors’
Give it a chance, and she'll blow you away again.
ALBUM REVIEW: Hovvdy is Here Just in Time for Fall
The Austin "pillowcore" duo's third LP fits just like your favorite sweater.
ALBUM REVIEW: Charli XCX Bets on the Sound of the Future, and Wins
The U.K.'s alt-pop queen has her finger on the pulse of something big.
EP REVIEW: Bradford Cox and Cate le Bon Don’t Live up to the Myth
The indie alchemists fail to make magic on their collaborative EP.
ALBUMS OF THE DECADE: Real Estate’s ‘Atlas’
MMC Writers reflect on their favorite records of the 2010s.
ALBUM REVIEW: Liam Gallagher Sucks on ‘Why Me? Why Not?’
Our writer is not a fan of the latest post-Oasis solo album.
ALBUM REVIEW: Robert Glasper Expresses Both Sides of Himself on ‘Fuck Yo Feelings’
No one marries jazz and hip-hop quite as masterfully as Robert Glasper.
ALBUM REVIEW: Wilco Marches on with ‘Ode To Joy’
The indie monolith's 11th LP is a restrained but relentless symphony.
ALBUM REVIEW: The Gospel According to Kanye West
The man who once declared "I Am A God," grapples with his version of what it means to be "Christ-like."
ALBUM REVIEW: Gang Starr Comes Back to Life on ‘One of the Best Yet’
With Guru spitting from beyond the grave, ain’t a damn thing changed.
ALBUM REVIEW: Big Thief Comes Back to Earth on ‘Two Hands’
If fans were hoping for a more direct follow-up to 2017’s 'Capacity' in 'U.F.O.F.', they finally got it here.
ALBUM REVIEW: DIIV Comes Clean on ‘Deceiver’
The Brooklyn shoegazers confront addiction and their influences on powerful third album.
ALBUM REVIEW: Sturgill Simpson’s ‘Sound & Fury’ is One Hell of a Ride
The country outlaw's latest is a rock 'n' roll joyride to Hell and back.
ALBUM REVIEW: Kim Gordon Keeps Her Crown on ‘No Home Record’
The queen mother of noise-punk is back, and she's in incredible shape!
ALBUM REVIEW: Mahalia’s Debut is All Love, No Compromise
The U.K. R&B songstress displays intelligence and soul beyond her years on her full-length debut.
ALBUM REVIEW: John Coltrane is in Peak Form on ‘Blue World’
With his Classic Quartet in tow, the sax legends is alive and well on newly unearthed soundtrack sessions.
ALBUM REVIEW: Nick Cave Looks Toward the Light on ‘Ghosteen’
But you might find yourself missing the darkness...
ALBUM REVIEW: JPEGMAFIA’s ‘Cornball’ is a Searing Manifesto for the Internet Age
The experimental rap firestarter returns with a fragmented, complicated work that capitalizes on the increasing hype around his name.
ALBUM REVIEW: Post Malone Draws No Blood on ‘Hollywood’s Bleeding’
The hitmaker may have gotten stuck inside his own formula.
ALBUM REVIEW: Jenny Hval Broadens Her Horizons on ‘The Practice of Love’
The Norwegian avant-pop vanguard's new record is her best yet.
ALBUM REVIEW: Iggy Pop is Truly Liberated on ‘Free’
What’s more punk rock than the godfather of it dropping some artsy ambient jazz?
ALBUM REVIEW: Miles Davis Springs Back to Life on ‘Rubberband’
The late jazz icon like you've never heard him before.
ALBUM REVIEW: Sleater-Kinney Sounds like Someone New on ‘The Center Won’t Hold’
Depending on your perspective, the riot grrrl heroes' St. Vincent-produced ninth LP is either a triumph or a tragedy.
ALBUM REVIEW: ‘We Love You Tecca’ is a Trap for Young Players
A little variety would have gone a long way.
ALBUM REVIEW: (Sandy) Alex G Gets Deep on ‘House of Sugar’
The Philly indie experimentalist explores temptation and unluckiness in the everyday.
ALBUM REVIEW: Lana Del Ray Finds the Silver Lining on ‘Norman Fucking Rockwell’
We knew Lana can swear like a sailor, but the knowledge that she can feel things comes as more of a shock.
ALBUM REVIEW: Jidenna Paves the Way for Retro-Afro-Futurism on ‘85 to Africa’
The Nigerian-American hip-hop crooner continues his trendsetting path.
ALBUM REVIEW: Drew Holcomb’s ‘Dragons’ Takes the Long Way Home
The Tennessee trio adds a dash of pop to their trusted Americana formula.
ALBUM REVIEW: Creedence Clearwater Revival Lives up to the Legend on ‘Live at Woodstock’
A visceral document of a band at the peak of its prowess, and only getting better.
ALBUM REVIEW: The Hold Steady Keeps on Trucking on ‘Thrashing Thru The Passion’
On LP7, Craig Finn and Co. settle in for the long haul.
ALBUM REVIEW: Kano Rolls Up His Sleeves on ‘Hoodies All Summer’
The Grime veteran is the voice the U.K. streets need.
ALBUM REVIEW: Young Thug Settles into His Throne on ‘So Much Fun’
Atlanta's most ambitious iconoclast returns with a terrific record that plays to his many strengths.
ALBUM REVIEW: Tycho Finds a New Forecast on ‘Weather’
The new LP marks a collaborative turning point for the ambient outfit.
ALBUM REVIEW: Sheer Mag Keeps the Party Rocking on ‘A Distant Call’
The Philadelphia rockers return with more great riffs and a lot on their minds.
ALBUM REVIEW: You Can’t Be Immune to Clairo
Forget the backstory and let this sunny pop album play the summer out.
ALBUM REVIEW: The Murder Capital Plays like There’s No Tomorrow on ‘When I Have Fears’
The brooding hostility on the Irish post-punks' debut suggests a band that are absolutely certain of their worth.
ALBUM REVIEW: Oh Sees Look Back for Once on ‘Face Stabber’
John Dwyer weaves together the many threads of his past.
ALBUM REVIEW: BROCKHAMPTON Hugs It out on ‘GINGER’
A minimalist meditation from the young hip-pop crew.
ALBUM REVIEW: Black Dresses Come Out to Play on ‘Love And Affection for Stupid Little Bitches’
With their third release of 2019, the experimental duo has finally begun to garner some much deserved attention.
ALBUM REVIEW: Ty Segall Finds a New Flavor on ‘First Taste’
Ty’s latest drags you through a minefield of sounds—with surprisingly little guitar.
ALBUM REVIEW: Dude York Switches It Up on ‘Falling’
The nostalgic rock trio lets a new voice emerge on LP3.
ALBUM REVIEW: Bon Iver Comes Full Circle on ‘i,i’
The new record from Justin Vernon and company is an expansive, welcoming culmination of everything they've done.
ALBUM REVIEW: Weatherday’s ‘Come In’ is an Instant Lo-Fi Classic
The mysterious Swedish artist may have made the next 'Twin Fantasy'.
ALBUM REVIEW: Florist’s Folk Music Gazes Into The Abyss on ‘Emily Alone’
Emily Sprague explores the warmth of emptiness.
ALBUM REVIEW: MadGibbs Reunite in Perfect Sequel
'Bandana' is a razor-sharp, zealous and picturesque follow-up.
ALBUM REVIEW: Quantic Tries to Please Everyone, and Succeeds
The electronic auteur's 10th album is hard to describe but easy to love.
ALBUM REVIEW: Angie McMahon Comes Into Her Own on ‘Salt’
The Australian singer-songwriter exceeds expectations on her fantastic debut.
ALBUM REVIEW: Fontaines D.C. Make One Hell of an Impression on ‘Dogrel’
The Irish post-punk outfit's loaded debut is a love letter to Dublin.
ALBUM REVIEW: Dreamville Returns With Their Third (And Best) ‘Revenge’ Installment Yet
J. Cole's crew combines for one of the most commanding collaborative efforts the year.
ALBUM REVIEW: Peppa Pig’s First Album is One Wild Ride
A dark and harrowing listen from the beloved children's show character.
ALBUM REVIEW: Khruangbin Reaches for the Sky on ‘Hasta El Cielo’
The Texas trio gives their 2018 masterpiece a dub redux.
ALBUM REVIEW: Beyoncé’s Lion King Album Tries Too Hard
Quality performances and curation are marred by mixed execution.
ALBUM REVIEW: Peter Perrett is Ageless on ‘Humanworld’
The power-pop legend’s new solo outing is a sharp slice of rock filled with life lessons and love stories.
ALBUM REVIEW: Hatchie’s ‘Keepsake’ Isn’t Worth Holding Onto
The Aussie dream-pop singer's '90s-soaked debut is too much pop and not enough dream.
ALBUM REVIEW: David Berman’s Return As ‘Purple Mountains’ Is Marvelous
His first record since dissolving Silver Jews in 2009 is easily one of his finest.
ALBUM REVIEW: Titus Andronicus Keeps It Simple on ‘An Obelisk’
The New Jersey punks embrace a straightforward approach on their Bob Mould-produced sixth album.
ALBUM REVIEW: Mannequin Pussy Has No ‘Patience’
The Philly outfit is loud and noisy on brief third LP
ALBUM REVIEW: The Black Keys Get Back to Basics (Sort of) on “Let’s Rock”
The Akron duo's first self-produced record in 13 years is, if nothing else, catchy as hell.
ALBUM REVIEW: The Raconteurs Offer More of the Same on ‘Help Me Stranger’
Their first record in 11 years is bogged down by the same old mistakes.
ALBUM REVIEW: Black Midi’s ‘Schlagenheim’ is a Promising Start
The exciting young experimentalists may have lost something when translating their frenetic live show to the studio.
ALBUM REVIEW: Bill Callahan Finds Sunlight On ‘Shepherd In A Sheepskin Vest’
The indie-folk bard cooly dances with death and family life on his loosest record in memory.
ALBUM REVIEW: Thom Yorke is Restlessly Brilliant on ‘ANIMA’
The Radiohead frontman's new solo record is easily his best one yet.
Dev Del Molino’s Top 6 Hip-Hop Albums of 2019 So Far
MMC Writers look back at the last six months in music
EP REVIEW: Lil Nas X’s ‘7 EP’ is a Mixed Bag of Nothing
As it turns out, the viral wonder is a fairly versatile artist, but it doesn't do him any favors.
ALBUM REVIEW: Bleak is Beautiful in Kate Tempest’s ‘Book of Traps and Lessons’
The English poet's latest is required reading for 21st century humanity
My Top 5 Albums of 2019 So Far (and a Few More)
MMC Writers look back at the last six months in music
ALBUM REVIEW: Swimming Tapes Make Summer Shoegaze to Delight and Excite
The Northern Irish indie outfit emits warm, nostalgic vibes that always go down smooth
ALBUM REVIEW: ‘1000 gecs’ is a Mind-Melting, Post-Internet Fever Dream
Don’t say we didn't warn you...
ALBUM REVIEW: *repeat repeat’s ‘Glazed’ Is Tooth-Achingly Sweet
With help from a Black Key, the Nashville unit gives their sound a shiny coat of paint.
ALBUM REVIEW: Kishi Bashi Creates Light out of Darkness on ‘Omoiyari’
Even without the premise, this album will make your day brighter
ALBUM REVIEW: Prince’s Raw Genius Is on Full Display on ‘Originals’
The first full-on masterpiece from the Purple One's mythic Vault
ALBUM REVIEW: Black Mountain Blaze Their Own Highway to Hell on ‘Destroyer’
Exploring the harder side of their ‘70s-indebted sound
EP REVIEW: Is Miley Cyrus Even Trying on ‘She Is Coming’?
Miley is flying on autopilot, armed with a fatal lack of self-awareness
ALBUM REVIEW: Steve Lacy Sputters to Moon and Back on ‘Apollo XXI’
When launching into space, small miscalculations can be fatal.
ALBUM REVIEW: Holly Herndon Pushes New Boundaries on ‘PROTO’
The Berlin-based experimental artist's latest work was recorded in collaboration with a unique vocalist: an AI computer named Spawn.
ALBUM REVIEW: Denzel Curry Forgot to Try on ‘ZUU’
The South Florida sensation attempts to freestyle another masterpiece, and fails.
ALBUM REVIEW: Remo Drive Pushes the Envelope on ‘Natural, Everyday Degradation’
The Minnesota emo duo evolves on masterful second full-length
ALBUM REVIEW: Pile’s ‘Green and Gray’ is a Rewarding Challenge
This album demands your whole attention.
ALBUM REVIEW: Amyl And The Sniffers Are Making the Mullet Great Again
Business in the front. Party in the back.
ALBUM REVIEW: Ari Lennox Empties the Clip with Unforeseen Accuracy on ‘Shea Butter Baby’
Dreamville Records officially has their songstress supreme.
ALBUM REVIEW: There’s Plenty Great About Slowthai’s ‘Nothing Great About Britain’
The Northampton rapper has a lot to say on his debut album.
ALBUM REVIEW: Empath Makes Experimental Listenable on ‘Active Listening: Night on Earth’
The Philly band makes psychedelic noise punk reminiscent of Sonic Youth, Fiery Furnaces and Deerhunter.
ALBUM REVIEW: Injury Reserve Takes DIY to the Next Level on Major Label Debut
The Arizona rap trio stands with the best of them.
ALBUM REVIEW: ‘IGOR’ Is Tyler, The Creator like You’ve Never Heard Him Before
Tyler’s marvelous new album is a wide-screen exploration of lost love that dazzles at every turn.
ALBUM REVIEW: Boogarins Bring Modern Tropicália to the Masses on ‘Sombrou Dúvida’
Adventurous Brazilian psych for fans of Dungen or Tame Impala.
ALBUM REVIEW: Nots’ ‘3’ Is Paint-By-Numbers Post-Punk
The Memphis post-punk outfits' third LP is a generic example of today's legitimately interesting post-punk revival.
ALBUM REVIEW: The National Does the Impossible on ‘I Am Easy To Find’
The band's most ambitious project ever is also (somehow) their best.
ALBUM REVIEW: Tank and The Bangas Miss their Mark on ‘Green Balloon’
Having won NPR’s Tiny Desk Contest in 2017, New Orleans R&B outfit Tank and the
ALBUM REVIEW: Big Thief’s Make Friends With Aliens on ‘U.F.O.F’
Follow their advice, and you may have found your new favorite album.
ALBUM REVIEW: Jamila Woods Assures Her Place in History on ‘LEGACY! LEGACY!’
The Chicago poet's second album is the most profound work of art you'll hear this year.
ALBUM REVIEW: Grand Ambitions Pay Off on Local Natives’ ‘Violet Street’
The most interesting music they've put out in years.
ALBUM REVIEW: Vampire Weekend Extend Their Perfect Record on ‘Father of the Bride’
This writer is picking his Album of the Year early.
ALBUM REVIEW: Foxygen Remain the Maestros of Retro Modernism on ‘Seeing Other People’
But who does his voice sound like...?
ALBUM REVIEW: Protomartyr’s ‘No Passion All Technique’ is Pure Dark Magic
More like 'All Passion No Technique'.
ALBUM REVIEW: Ezra Collective Dives into the Deep End on Sharp Debut
The London five-piece is leading the new-wave of UK jazz.
ALBUM REVIEW: Kevin Abstract Takes a Mental Break from BROCKHAMPTON on ‘ARIZONA BABY’
What it lacks in unity is made up for in diversity.
ALBUM REVIEW: Kevin Morby Talks to the Lord on ‘Oh My God’
Singer-songwriter strips down his sound and goes to church.
ALBUM REVIEW: Nico Segal and Nate Fox Fail to Tie It All Together on ‘Intellexual’
The Donnie Trumpet members fall flat on new project. But it 'sounds' great!
ALBUM REVIEW: King Gizzard Gets Bluesy on ‘Fishing For Fishies’
The prolific rock chameleons go full Allman Brothers.
ALBUM REVIEW: Avey Tare’s ‘Cows on Hourglass Pond’ is a Warm Return to the Old AnCo Sound
Fans of 'Sung Tongs' and 'Feels' will be very pleased.
ALBUM REVIEW: Rico Nasty and Kenny Beats Blow Their Tops on ‘Anger Management’
Trap's most exciting duo loses their temper – in a good way – on their full-length collaboration.
ALBUM REVIEW: Jens Lekman & Annika Norlin Exchange Letters on ‘Correspondence’
This writer was not amused.
ALBUM REVIEW: Wet Dreams Rock Hard on Self-Titled Debut
The first album from the Norwegian bad boys kicks some serious ass.
ALBUM REVIEW: Cage The Elephant Sound Confined on ‘Social Cues’
If Cage the Elephant was trying to do something new on LP5, they ended up with a forgettable repeat of their formula.
ALBUM REVIEW: Drugdealer Goes Full Yacht Rock
On his second album as Drugdealer, Michael Collins adds polish to his laidback AM pop.
ALBUM REVIEW: Jade Bird Flies High on Debut LP
With delicacy, power, style and grit, Jade Bird delivers a master's thesis of modern pop Americana.
ALBUM REVIEW: White Denim Sounds Stuck on ‘Side Effects’
Austin, Texas is well known for its flourishing psych and experimental music scene, and White
ALBUM REVIEW: Beyoncé Extends Her Reign on ‘HOMECOMING’
'HOMECOMING' further cements Beyoncé as one of the greatest musical icons of our time
ALBUM REVIEW: Pivot Gang Comes Out Firing On Collective Debut
I’ve been saying it for a few years: the best and most promising hip-hop music
ALBUM REVIEW: Chemical Brothers Throw It Back on ‘No Geography’
The Chemical Brothers return to the beats and driving grooves of their early LPs.
ALBUM REVIEW: A Final Statement from the Last Delta Bluesman
'The Angels in Heaven Done Signed My Name' is a solid last statement by a man who lived the blues all of his life
ALBUM REVIEW: PUP Paint Their Pop-Punk Masterpiece
On their third LP, the Canadian punks take on morbid topics with humor and catchy choruses.
ALBUM REVIEW: American Football Pulls off the Impossible on LP3
To call Illinois emo outfit American Football influential would be a gross understatement. Twenty years
ALBUM REVIEW: CHAI is Pop-Punk Perfected
The Japanese quartet will chew you up and pop you like bubblegum.
ALBUM REVIEW: Billie Eilish Busts the Hype Machine on Perfect Debut
'When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go' is the most authentic pop album since Lorde’s 'Melodrama'.
ALBUM REVIEW: Weyes Blood Does Magic on ‘Titanic Rising’
A sumptuous album of baroque avant-pop in search of salvation.
ALBUM REVIEW: Ex Hex Turns It up to 11 on ‘It’s Real’
Exceptional hooks and sunny melodies about sad subjects is a good combo.
ALBUM REVIEW: Billy Woods & Kenny Segal Are Razor Sharp on ‘Hiding Place’
This is some raw hip-hop right here!
ALBUM REVIEW: Dijon Blurs Lines Like Few Can on ‘Sci-Fi 1’
The elusive singer-songwriter's first formal project since his collaboration with producer Abhi Raju.
ALBUM REVIEW: Cautious Clay Shows Why He Ruled SXSW on ‘Table of Context’ EP
If you're a fan of The Internet, or what happens when Kanye and Cudi get together, you're gonna love him.
ALBUM REVIEW: Masked “Country Star” Orville Peck is Rides Into Town on ‘Pony’
Like the bastard child of Patsy Cline and Ian Curtis.
ALBUM REVIEW: Marvin Gaye’s ‘You’re the Man’ Reveals a Genius in the Middle of His Process
The soul icon's "lost album" is a revealing new look at a critical and uncertain point in his evolution.
ALBUM REVIEW: Look Out for Stella Donnelly on ‘Beware of the Dogs’
The Australian singer-songwriter is not to fucked with.
ALBUM REVIEW: Karen O & Danger Mouse Make Aging Look Good on ‘Lux Prima’
The indie elders flex a time-earned mastery of craft that can't be faked.
ALBUM REVIEW: The Japanese House Emerges Fully Built on ‘Good At Falling’
Amber Bain enters the indie pop elite with long-awaited debut.
ALBUM REVIEW: Foals Retrace Their Roots on ‘Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost Part 1’
The Brits talk to their past while exploring new territory.
ALBUM REVIEW: Helado Negro Gets Nostalgic on ‘This Is How You Smile’
A beautiful, meditative continuation of 2016’s excellent 'Private Energy'.
ALBUM REVIEW: Little Simz Is All That and a Bag of Chips on ‘GREY Area’
The British MC's latest LP is anything but monochromatic.
ALBUM REVIEW: Solange Does It Again on ‘When I Get Home’
The visionary, free-flowing follow-up to 'A Seat At The Table'.
ALBUM REVIEW: 2 Chainz Becomes an All-Star on ‘Rap Or Go To The League’
The artist formerly known as Tity Boi paints his masterpiece.
ALBUM REVIEW: The Claypool Lennon Delirium Trips Hard on ‘South of Reality’
Side effects may include lyrical analysis paralysis, a synesthesia smells, and a burning desire to get high
ALBUM REVIEW: The Ghost of Townes Van Zandt Has One More Gem up His Sleeve on ‘Sky Blue’
In terms of tenderness, it easily ranks among Townes' loveliest recordings.
ALBUM REVIEW: Offset Shows Off His Worth on ‘FATHER OF 4’
The Migos member's solo debut is anything but whack!
ALBUM REVIEW: Heroes Collide on ‘Czarface Meets Ghostface’
A classic battle to abolish wackness in the rap game.
ALBUM REVIEW: Julia Jacklin’s ‘Crushing’ is Crushingly Beautiful
A cathartic breakup record for nihilists.
ALBUM REVIEW: What Were You Really Expecting from Lil Pump’s ‘Harverd Dropout’
The young delinquent is may not be cut out for an album-length project.
ALBUM REVIEW: Homeshake Floats High on ‘Helium’
Dreamy, outsider electronica from the former Mac Demarco member.
ALBUM REVIEW: The Specials Confront Modern Times on ‘Encore’
A worthy addition to the band's vital catalog
ALBUM REVIEW: Cass McCombs Gets Groovy on ‘Tip of the Sphere’
Another excellent LP from one of America's most underrated songwriters.
ALBUM REVIEW: Maggie Rogers Is Still Growing on ‘Heard It in a past Life’
But she's got a lot of potential.
ALBUM REVIEW: William Tyler ‘Goes West’ But Leaves Listeners Behind
The risks of instrumental music....
ALBUM REVIEW: Beirut Stays Beautiful but Tame on ‘Gallipoli’
A solid entry that could have been an EP.
ALBUM REVIEW: Sunflower Bean Focuses Their Gaze on ‘King of the Dudes’ EP
The NYC trio is on a track to true greatness.
ALBUM REVIEW: Phoebe Bridgers & Conor Oberst Make Magic as Better Oblivion Community Center
Too early to claim Indie Album of the Year?
ALBUM REVIEW: Steve Gunn Broadcasts Mixed Signals on ‘The Unseen In Between’
An album that warmly invites you in while holding you at arm's length.
ALBUM REVIEW: Boogie’s ‘Everything’s For Sale’ is Post-Gangsta Rap
Compton rapper dwells on the consequences of the gangsta lifestyle.
ALBUM REVIEW: Sharon Van Etten Has a New Weapon on ‘Remind Me Tomorrow’
The indie heartbreaker is no less powerful with a new sonic palette.
ALBUM REVIEW: James Blake Finds Love on ‘Assume Form’
Apparently even the sulkiest of souls can find happiness and contentment.
ALBUM REVIEW: Deerhunter Makes Cynicism Sound Sweet on ‘Why Hasn’t Everything Disappeared Yet?’
Their most accessible – and disillusioned – album to date.
ALBUM REVIEW: Toro Y Moi Keeps Shapeshifting on ‘Outer Peace’
Thirty minutes of cosmic disco, pop and futuristic R&B.
ALBUM REVIEW: Earl Sweatshirt Does It Again on ‘Some Rap Songs’
A profound, honest marvel of emotionally bare hip-hop.
ALBUM REVIEW: The 1975 Prove Millennials Are Deep Too on ‘A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships’
Emotionally complex, hyper-modern genre-hopping rock.
ALBUM REVIEW: Black Thought Ages Like a Fine Wine on ‘Streams of Thought Vol 2’
Aspiring MCs: don't quit your day jobs.
ALBUM REVIEW: Jeff Tweedy Is at His Most Raw on ‘WARM’
Three decades into his career, Tweedy's first proper solo LP is another understated work from the humble master.
ALBUM REVIEW: Ryley Walker Makes Dave Matthews Band Cool Again on ‘The Lillywhite Sessions’
But let's not do it again.
ALBUM REVIEW: Charles Bradley’s ‘Black Velvet’ Is a Reminder of What We Lost
The frequently compared late-bloomer deserves to be first remembered as the singular voice he was.
ALBUM REVIEW: ‘The White Album’ Deluxe Edition Is an Exhaustive (And Exhausting) Document of Its Making
Did I need to hear Take 44 of "Long, Long, Long"?
ALBUM REVIEW: J Mascis Spins Another Melancholy Yarn on ‘Elastic Days’
The Dinosaur Jr. hero gets extra tender when left to his own devices.
ALBUM REVIEW: On ‘Fetti’, Curren$y, Freddie Gibbs and The Alchemist Live Up to the Hype
All killer, no filler.
ALBUM REVIEW: ‘More Blood, More Tracks’ Reveals the Folk Album Hiding Beneath the Rock Classic
A gorgeous and fascinating dissection of one of the greatest breakup albums of all time.
ALBUM REVIEW: Metro Boomin Flexes Hard on ‘Not All Heroes Wear Capes’
Further proof Metro is one of hip-hop's greatest producers.
ALBUM REVIEW: ‘Come Over When You’re Sober, Pt. 2′ is a Glimpse of What Lil’ Peep Could Have Been
“I was dying and nobody was there.”
ALBUM REVIEW: Joij Completes His Transformation on ‘Ballads 1’
Ballads 1 is the heavily anticipated debut full-length from internet sensation turned serious musician Joji.
ALBUM REVIEW: Mick Jenkins is the Rightful Heir of Gil Scott-Heron
'Pieces of a Man' might be this year's most artful hip-hop album.
ALBUM REVIEW: ‘Village Green Preservation Society’ Is The Kinks’ Magnum Opus
The definitive edition of the Kinks definitive masterpiece.
ALBUM REVIEW: NAO Soars Through Space on ‘Saturn’
British R&B doubles down on her electric sound on sophomore effort.
ALBUM REVIEW: Homeboy Sandman and Edan Bake Up Something Special on ‘Humble Pi’
If you’re sick of generic beats and rhymes about sex and drugs, here's the real deal.
ALBUM REVIEW: Boygenius is the Indie Rock Supergroup We Need
Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers and Lucy Dacus slay on their collaborative EP.
ALBUM REVIEW: Julia Holter Sacrifices Simplicity For Grandiosity on ‘Aviary’
A sprawling, dense opus that will move you to your core.
ALBUM REVIEW: Cloud Nothings Scorch The Earth on ‘Last Building Burning’
A hot and heavy contrast to 2017's polished 'Life Without Sound'.
ALBUM REVIEW: Colter Wall Reminds Us That Canada Has Cowboys Too on ‘Songs of the Plains’
Wall doubles down on the stripped-down sound of his striking debut.
ALBUM REVIEW: Khalid’s ‘Suncity’ EP is All Surface
The follow-up to 'American Teen' features syrupy, by-the-book R&B.
ALBUM REVIEW: Neneh Cherry Is as Sharp as Ever on ‘Broken Politics’
With none other than Four Tet behind the boards.
ALBUM REVIEW: How To Dress Well Gets Dark and Gritty on ‘The Anteroom’
A brilliant hybrid of mangled sonics and sheer beauty.
ALBUM REVIEW: Ella Mai Arrives Fully-Formed on Self-Titled Debut
Sultry vocals, direct lyrics, luscious harmonies and 808s.
ALBUM REVIEW: Kurt Vile Keeps on Keeping On on ‘Bottle It In’
Another hazy trip from the easy-going guitarman.
ALBUM REVIEW: Adrianne Lenker Strips down to Her Elements on ‘abysskiss’
An insular, stunning record from the Big Thief singer.
ALBUM REVIEW: Calvin Johnson Keeps It Weird on ‘A Wonderful Beast’
The indie legend is still having fun.
ALBUM REVIEW: Petite Noir Melds African and Western Into Something Entirely New on ‘La Maison Noir’
La Maison Noir / The Black House is the new visual EP from Petite Noir,
ALBUM REVIEW: Phosphorescent Does It Again on ‘C’est La Vie’
A feat of album craft that never overstays its welcome.
ALBUM REVIEW: Molly Burch Demonstrates Her Range on ‘First Flower’
She just doesn't quite reach her potential.
ALBUM REVIEW: Cat Power’s Many Lives Coalesce on ‘Wanderer’
It has a quiet determination to that’s totally captivating and right for the times.
ALBUM REVIEW: Kero Kero Bonito’s ‘Time ‘n’ Place’ is a Spectacular Departure
The London trio comes through with a wild, genre-defying release.
ALBUM REVIEW: Buck Meek Does Something Different on Solo Debut
Big Thief guitarist gives aa deconstructed take on desert-fried folk, country and indie rock.
ALBUM REVIEW: Mudhoney Calls B.S. on ‘Digital Garbage’
The grunge grandaddies still have a lot to say, and it's more poignant and needed than ever.
ALBUM REVIEW: At Long Last, ‘Tha Carter V’ is Here
Lil Wayne's long-delayed album doesn't disappoint.
ALBUM REVIEW: There’s No Pretending on Villagers’ ‘The Art of Pretending to Swim’
Another stunning work of remarkable craft and nuance from Conor O'Brien.
ALBUM REVIEW: 6lack Has Found His Formula with ‘East Atlanta Love Letter’
If it ain't broke, don't fix it.
ALBUM REVIEW: BROCKHAMPTON Just Keeps Getting Better on ‘iridescence’
It’s hard to imagine anybody not loving this album.
ALBUM REVIEW: First Aid Kit Keep the Sweetness Coming on the ‘Tender Offerings’ EP
An aptly-named companion EP to 'Ruins'.
ALBUM REVIEW: Guerilla Toss Soundtracks Modern Madness on ‘Twisted Crystal’
The Brooklyn art punks keep things crazy on their third album.
ALBUM REVIEW: Aphex Twin’s ‘Collapse EP’ Has Something For Everyone
Richard D. James can do no wrong. But we already knew that.
ALBUM REVIEW: Brandon Coleman Leads the Funky ‘Resistance’ on Debut
We're talking George Clinton levels of funk.
ALBUM REVIEW: Lyrics Born Keep The Party Alive with ‘Quite A Life’
Where my Quannum fans at? The dynamic and highly-skilled Bay Area legend Lyrics Born is
ALBUM REVIEW: Joey Purp Tries to Squeeze Everything into One on ‘QUARTERTHING’
"Started with a 28 / 28 turned to a 56 / 56 turned to a QUARTERTHING."
ALBUM REVIEW: ‘And Nothing Hurt’ Is Spiritualized at Its Most Intimate
Another cosmic ride you'll be glad you took.
ALBUM REVIEW: Swamp Dogg Keeps It Weird on ‘Love, Loss and Auto-Tune’
The 76-year-old cult hero uses new technologies to do what he's been doing since the '70s.
ALBUM REVIEW: St. Paul & the Broken Bones Bottle the Classic R&B Sound on ‘Young Sick Camellia’
A convincing case for greatest active rhythm and blues band on the planet.
ALBUM REVIEW: Waxahatchee Strips Her Sound Bare on ‘Great Thunder EP’
A sparse but equally stunning contrast to 'Out In The Storm'.
ALBUM REVIEW: Paul McCartney Keeps It Fresh on ‘Egypt Station’
The 76-year-old Beatle isn't done until he says he is.
ALBUM REVIEW: Curren$y Keeps Spitting on ‘Fire in the Clouds’
It’s always good to check in with a Spitta Andretti project from time to time.
ALBUM REVIEW: Rejoicer’s ‘Energy Dreams’ Is a Trip Through a Beatmaker’s Imagination
A jazzy collection of lo-fi beats that would be right at home on a playlist with Thundercat and Flying Lotus.
ALBUM REVIEW: DeVotchKa Ride Again on ‘The Night Falls Forever’
Sounding a bit like The National if they pretended to be 1920s Russians and were into burlesque
ALBUM REVIEW: JAIN Keeps Up Her Infectious Sound on ‘Souldier’
It lacks the standout cuts of her debut.
ALBUM REVIEW: Cory Wong Spreads Funky Positivity on ‘The Optimist’
Vulfpeck guitarist turns a near death experience into life-loving grooves.
ALBUM REVIEW: Odetta Hartman – Old Rockhounds Never Die’
Combining the folksy charm of Joanna Newsom and the seedy edge of Tom Waits.
ALBUM REVIEW: Blood Orange Takes On Heavy Themes on ‘Negro Swan’
The results are powerful but hard to digest.
ALBUM REVIEW: Steady Holiday Balances Lightness and Darkness on ‘Nobody’s Watching’
Indie pop with a twist of David Lynch.
ALBUM REVIEW: Papa M Meditates on ‘A Broke Moon Rises’
A contemplative listen from the busiest indie musician you haven't heard of.
ALBUM REVIEW: DJ Muggs Kills on ‘Dia del Asesinato’
The latest Soul Assassins project from the Cypress Hill veteran.
ALBUM REVIEW: Conner Youngblood Paint Landscape Masterpiece on ‘Cheyenne’
Everything you need, and nothing you don’t.
ALBUM REVIEW: Death Cab For Cutie Take Stock on ‘Thank You for Today’
Ben Gibbard is getting nostalgic in his old age.
ALBUM REVIEW: Aminé Has So Much More to Offer on ‘ONEPOINTFIVE’
The "Caroline" rapper isn't a one-trick pony after all.
ALBUM REVIEW: Mitski is in a League of Her Own on ‘Be The Cowboy’
She's Iggy Pop's favorite songwriter for a reason.
ALBUM REVIEW: El Ten Elven’s ‘Banker’s Hill Is Post-Rock at It’s Best
A truly noteworthy effort from the L.A. duo.
ALBUM REVIEW: Haley Heynderickx Will Feed Your Indie Folk Appetite with ‘I Need to Start a Garden’
Singer-songwriter spins a sparse stunner on debut album.
ALBUM REVIEW: Cordovas Sound Like Pretenders on ‘That Santa Fe Channel’
A Hollywood take on a “really cool, authentic, bearded bro band that can be sold to banks for commercials.”
ALBUM REVIEW: The Beths Make Awkwardness Endlessly Endearing on Debut Album
'Future Me Hates Me' is the most charming record you'll hear all year.
ALBUM REVIEW: Louis Cole Makes Pop for the Fringe on ‘Time’
If Thundercat tried to make a pop album, it would sound like this.
ALBUM REVIEW: The Growlers Recaptures Their Beach Goth Sound on ‘Casual Acquaintances’
Long live The Growlers.
ALBUM REVIEW: Trippie Redd Shows His Versatility on ‘Life’s A Trip’
A concise and worthwhile journey through teenage emotions and an unconventional mind.
ALBUM REVIEW: Moses Sumney Packs An Album’s Worth of Artistry In ‘Black in Deep Red, 2014’ EP
We'll take all we can get from Moses.
ALBUM REVIEW: Bon Iver and The National Collide on Big Red Machine
An indie rock fantasy 10 years in the making.
ALBUM REVIEW: Nicki Minaj Keeps Her Crown on ‘Queen’
A slow-moving steamroller flattening everything in its path.
ALBUM REVIEW: Amanda Shires Plots an Americana Revolution on ‘Into The Sunset’
A radical slice of country folk that goes down like cold beer on a hot day.
ALBUM REVIEW: Travis Scott’s ‘Astroworld’ is One Hell of a Ride
Proof that Trap can lend itself to the album format.
ALBUM REVIEW: Gia Margaret Shimmers on ‘There’s Always Glimmer’
It might just be the prettiest thing put to wax this year.
ALBUM REVIEW: Mac Miller Battles Demons and Heartbreak on ‘Swimming’
While you're never sure if his music is successful at saving him, it makes for a great listen.
ALBUM REVIEW: YG Plays It Close to Home on ‘Stay Dangerous’
It's still a sharp and vivid LP with some high-caliber features
ALBUM REVIEW: Santigold Fully Embraces the Dancehall Sound on ‘The Gold Fire Sessions’
Featuring the dizzy vibrations of a Major Lazer album.
ALBUM REVIEW: Ghost-Note Pump Conscious Funk on ‘Swagism’
The Snarky Puppy side project is a rewarding listen for jazz-heads and newbies alike.
ALBUM REVIEW: Israel Nash Goes Big on ‘Lifted’
An impressive album for fans of melancholic, melodic folk rock.
ALBUM REVIEW: All Bets Are Off on Denzel Curry’s ‘TA13OO’
The most innovative and artful trap record you've ever heard.
ALBUM REVIEW: Body/Head’s ‘The Switch’ Will Give You Goosebumps
Kim Gordon and Bill Nace build beckoning experimental soundscapes.
ALBUM REVIEW: Tony Molina Puts Jangle-Pop Through His Minimalist Filter on ‘Kill The Lights’
Clocking in at 14 and a half minutes, it's Molina's most longwinded project yet.
ALBUM REVIEW: Ty Segall & White Fence Have Some Sloppy Fun on ‘Joy’
They've probably already moved on.
ALBUM REVIEW: Pram Do What Only They Can Do on ‘Across the Meridian’
A surrealistic trip through worldly exotica, lounge, jazz, B-movies and psych-pop.
ALBUM REVIEW: The National Celebrate Their Defining Album on ‘Live in Brussels’
You may as well listen to the original.
ALBUM REVIEW: Punch Brothers Process Politics and Relationships on ‘All Ashore’
Too bad it doesn't pack a punch.
ALBUM REVIEW: Children of Zeus Show Hard-Earned Talent on ‘Travel Light’
An unassailably smooth debut from a team that honed their artistry on the streets on Manchester.
ALBUM REVIEW: Melody’s Echo Chamber Returns for a Great Departure on ‘Bon Voyage’
Another fantastic collaboration between Melody and a modern psych great.
ALBUM REVIEW: The Internet Reach a New Synergy on ‘Hive Mind’
A personal best from the L.A. five-piece.
ALBUM REVIEW: Dirty Projectors Are Full of Surprised on ‘Lamp Lit Prose’
With more twists and surprises in 37 minutes than most bands produce in a lifetime.
ALBUM REVIEW: Busdriver ‘Electricity Is on Our Side’ is The Perfect Art Rap Package
A challenge for the mind but a treat for the ears.
ALBUM REVIEW: Nap Eyes Reach Jangle-Pop Perfection on ‘I’m Bad Now’
Nigel Chapman emerges as one of indie rock’s finest wordsmiths.
ALBUM REVIEW: Graham Nash’s Sprawling Career Gets Condensed on ‘Over The Years’
A perfect Greatest Hits starter pack for any fan of CSN/CSNY.
ALBUM REVIEW: John Coltrane’s Classic Quartet Shines Once More on ‘Both Directions at Once’
A stunning snapshot of some of jazz's all-time greats at their peak.