CURRENT: Shamir – “On the Regular”

While “If It Wasn’t True” put Shamir on the map, his first offering as a member of the XL roster, “On the Regular”, puts him on more of a topographic map, revealing more about Shamir as an artist. He raps on the track, showing an assured confidence that is far removed from the twitchy “True”. […]

CURRENT: Ariel Pink – “Black Ballerina”

Ariel Pink’s timing is curious. After a very public dismissal of Madonna’s work since “Everybody”, along with the ensuing accusations of being a misogynist, releasing a song with the loaded title of “Black Ballerina” would leave any publicist no choice but to start drafting a resignation letter. Fortunately for Pink, the song is as irreverent […]

CURRENT: Viet Cong – “Continental Shelf”

On Viet Cong’s debut cassette EP, the new band, featuring members of cult favorites Women, offered us a glimpse of the potential for some great music from the band. And with “Continental Shelf”, the band meets and exceeds any expectations of them, with an equally grounded and soaring track. As the guitars amp up, creating […]

CURRENT: Parkay Quarts – “Uncast Shadow of a Southern Myth”

Parquet Courts rose to fame on the heels of the unbridled energy of tracks such as “Stoned and Starving”, but with every release since the southern, New York-based band reveal more depth to their music. Having already released an excellent album in 2014, Sunbathing Animal, the band are set to release another disc, this one under […]

CURRENT: CHVRCHES – “Get Away”

It’s hard to believe it’s already been a year since the release of Chvrches’ excellent debut The Bones of What You Believe. The band’s been largely quiet since then, no matter how much their music has influenced today’s biggest pop stars. In what is one of the more curious music-related announcements of the year, BBC Radio […]

CURRENT: Sleater-Kinney – “Bury Our Friends”

Sleater-Kinney return with “Bury Our Friends”, the triumphant lead single from their upcoming 2015 album No Cities to Love. Carrie Brownstein, Corin Tucker and Janet Weiss’ pick up where they left off nearly a decade ago, not surprising considering Brownstein and Weiss’s involvement in Wild Flag. But more than anything, it’s just awesome to know this […]

CURRENT: Drake – “How About Now”

“How About Now” is rumored to be included on Drake’s imminent Views from the 6, and found its way onto the internet Sunday afternoon. If this is the first taste of his new album, then “Now” finds Drake completely in control, operating freely in the lane he helped construct. It might not reach the heights of “0 […]

CURRENT: Leon Bridges – “Coming Home”

There’s nothing necessarily new about “Coming Home,” one of two songs Leon Bridges uploaded to Soundcloud recently. The song takes its cues from the likes of Sam Cooke and Jackie Wilson, and there’s a hint of current day artists such as Alabama Shakes and Michael Kiwanuka. But it’s the assured quality of “Home” that makes it […]