D∆wn glows in the “Cali Sun”

Dawn Richard slowly progressed as a solo artist, escaping the shadow of her days as a member of Danity Kane with last year’s sinewy take on electro-R&B, Blackheart. At some point (hopefully soon) she’ll release RED*emp*tion, that album’s follow-up, and she’s teased us with singles throughout 2016. First came “Not Above That,” then “Honest” and “Wake Up.” Now […]

Twisted Wires return with the icy “0000/Struck Twice” double single

Back in 2013, Italians Do It Better-affiliate Twisted Wires shared “Half Lives” as part of the label’s After Dark 2 compilation. Some three-plus years later, the enigmatic act returns with a double-single, “0000” and “Struck Twice,” which is a reworked version of their excellent After Dark 2 single. The single is available through Italians Do It Better – […]

The Royal They explode on the energetic “Kamikaze”

The Royal They is a New York-based punk rock band set to release their debut, self-titled cassette (!) later this month. Over the last year, they’ve released the tracks “Sex in a Public Place,” “Full Metal Black,” “Laurels” and “Lyric Machine,” as well as “Kamikaze,” which is getting re-released as their record’s lead single. The song is […]

Young Dolph and Boosie BadAzz get right to the point on the banger “In My System”

The best rap songs are all about the art of storytelling. Recently, artists such as YG and Kendrick Lamar have perfected the art, and in the past, artists like Tupac, Notorious B.I.G. and OutKast all engrossed listeners with their vivid storytelling. Young Dolph knows this lineage, and the opening track of the recently released Rich Crack […]

Local Natives are at their breeziest, most relaxed on the recently shared “Coins”

Local Natives will release Sunlit Youth September 9 via Loma Vista, and have shared a fourth cut prior to the album’s release. “Coins” is once again anchored by Taylor Rice’s sun-kissed vocals, and the synths that come in during the chorus counter with a washed out bliss. Gorilla Manor and Hummingbird have both proven to be albums with lasting appeal, and […]

“Fever” emerges as a side-A cut on Carly Rae Jepsen’s ‘Emotion Side B’

Emotion‘s deluxe edition already featured 17 original songs, so the thought of more material to add to (and cap off) the Emotion era is overwhelming and gratifying. But that’s just what Carly Rae Jepsen delivered with Emotion Side B, an eight-track collection of songs left on Emotion‘s cutting room floor. While Emotion side A remains perfect the way it is, this […]

Two of rap’s great young voices make it impossible to chose one album of the week

I’m cheating a bit this week. Since the middle of summer, I’ve spent Fridays trying to find the best new release of the week. I’ve highlighted ScHoolboy Q, Clams Casino, Lydia Loveless and others in the past, but this week was arguably the toughest to crown a best new album. That’s because two of rap’s […]

Angel Olsen keeps raising the bar for herself on the outstanding “Sister”

My Woman is set for arrival next Friday, September 2, and Angel Olsen has already shared the stellar singles “Intern” and “Shut Up And Kiss Me.” A week-and-a-half before her new set drops, Olsen has let go of a third prerelease single, this one the epic, seven-plus minute “Sister.” While “Intern” was a left-field turn for […]

Anna of the North has a synth-pop gem on her hands with “Us”

It feels so long ago that bands such as Churches, Purity Ring and Xylos appeared on the scene, blurring the line between top 40 and indie pop, but its only been three years, less than we had to wait for Blonde. That line of pop-infused tracks has lost its critical clout as other micro-genres have popped up in […]