CURRENT: Courtney Barnett – “Pedestrian At Best”

If there was any takeaway from Courtney Barnett’s 2013 release A Sea of Split Peas, it was that Barnett is undeniably one of the most charming, interesting songwriters of the 2010s. For those who slept on that release, “Pedestrian At Best” is as good a place as any to initiate a rapport with the Australian singer-songwriter. […]

CURRENT: Torres – “Strange Hellos”

Torres burst onto the scene in the dead of winter 2013 with the stunning “Honey” and her debut self-titled LP. Her return has been much anticipated around this corner of the internet, and the first taste of Sprinter (out 5 May via Partisan) is cause for much celebration. What begins barren and sparse transforms into a live-wire, shooting sparks […]

CURRENT: Calexico – “Cumbia de Donde” [feat. Amparo Sanchez]

Calexico return with the first single from their forthcoming Edge of the Sun LP, “Cumbia de Donde.” The band wear the Spanish influence on their sleeve, with the horns and percussion recalling a mariachi band’s lively exuberance. Joey Burns and Calexico respond to vocalist Amparo Sanchez’s verses with Spanish incantations, asserting the song’s ethnic charm. Calexico gives their audience a […]

CURRENT: Rihanna, Kanye West & Paul McCartney – “FourFiveSeconds”

Rihanna and Kanye West are no strangers to controversy. That’s why it makes perfect sense for the pair to release the sublime “FourFiveSeconds.” The song works on many levels, from the understated production, the compelling lyrics, to the song’s main attraction: Rihanna. She delivers one of her best vocal performances, fully living within the song […]

CURRENT: Charli XCX ft. Rita Ora – “Doing It” (A.G. Cook Remix)

Sucker snuck into the 2014 release calendar when it dropped in late December. The timing took some shine off the True Romance follow-up, but the album is still packed with great moments from one of pop’s best voices. Highlight “Doing It” first got a makeover when Charli enlisted Rita Ora for the single version of the […]

CURRENT: Giorgio Moroder ft. Kylie Minogue – “Right Here, Right Now”

As much as modern EDM is indebted to Giorgio Moroder, he was largely relegated to the margins of the movement until Daft Punk helped revitalize his image on their excellent Random Access Memories. Moroder returns this spring with the new, awesomely titled 74 Is the New 24, featuring collaborations with Sia, Charli XCX, Britney Spears, and, on […]

CURRENT: Modest Mouse – “Coyotes”

Modest Mouse just released the second teaser from the forthcoming Strangers To Ourselves, which is accompanied by a heartwarming video featuring the world’s cutest coyote. “Coyotes” recalls fan-favorite “Wild Pack of Family Dogs” in its largely acoustic surroundings, while matching the scope of Isaac Brock’s work on the 180 South soundtrack. What begins simply with Brock and an […]

Viet Cong and Sleater-Kinney Start the Year with a Bang

Viet Cong Viet Cong 20 January 2014 | Jagjaguwar The dissolution of Canadian post-punk act Women found members Matthew Flegel and Michael Wallace in a purgatory of sorts. After two critically acclaimed albums, Women abruptly came to an end in 2010. Before the band had a chance to reconvene, tragedy struck as guitarist Christopher Reimer […]