In a massive week of new releases, Solange sits comfortably at the front of the table

Okay, so, we’ve had some great weeks for new album releases in the past, but nothing has come close to the amount of astounding music unleashed onto the world today, Friday, September 30. Bon Iver, Danny Brown, Nicolas Jaar, Jenny Hval, Pixies, and DJ Mustard all released albums today, but the one that stands out […]

“Ain’t It Funny” is Danny Brown distilled to his core

Atrocity Exhibition arrived a few days before its official release date, and the album is as perfect as even the most optimistic Danny Brown supporter could have expected it to be. Through one listen, “Ain’t It Funny” not only stands out as the album’s best song, but up there with the best songs DB has […]

Nicolas Jaar returns with SIRENS, his first LP since 2011

Since the start of this decade, Nicolas Jaar has emerged as one of my favorite producers, his solo album Space Is Only Noise and the Darkside collaborative album Psychic both showing off what he does so well. No one can create an atmosphere quite like Jaar can, and with Sirens – out this Friday and streaming online now – he’s […]

The Weeknd doubles down on “Starboy”

As the Weeknd transitioned from an enigmatic, leading voice in independent R&B to an explicit, leading voice in pop, he never lost any of the sordid worldview that made his 2011 trilogy of mixtapes so essential. He led 2015’s Beauty Behind the Madness with a track called “Can’t Feel My Face,” a narcotic funk jam that pushed him […]

Merchandise goes in an exciting new direction on “Right Back to the Start”

The last two weeks have been responsible for an insane amount of great new music. And while Cymbals Eat Guitars and Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam are both worthy recipients of the “Album of the Week” title, the good music doesn’t stop there. This past Friday, September 23, Merchandise released their third album, and at least […]

‘I Had a Dream That You Were Mine” signals a fruitful partnership between Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam

Kevin Garnett retired from the NBA on Friday at the age of 40. Since his debut in the Association back in 1995, KG – along with Tim Duncan and Dirk Nowitzki – helped usher in a wave of elite, game-changing power forwards, players who could sway entire seasons in their favor. He was a transcendent […]

“Really Doe” is a headstrong monster from Danny Brown, Ab-Soul, Kendrick Lamar and Earl Sweatshirt

It’s been a while since we’ve heard four rappers at their peak on the same track, but that’s what happens on the latest single released ahead of the hotly anticipated Danny Brown album Atrocity Exhibition. “Really Doe” features Ab-Soul, Kendrick Lamar and Earl Sweatshirt, each bringing something vital to the track. Ab-Soul, while being the least well-known […]

AlunaGeorge’s “Full Swing” drops like an anvil

AlunaGeorge first broke onto the scene based off the strength off their singles “You Know You Like It” and “Just a Touch,” songs that blurred the line between electro-pop and R&B in new, interesting ways. For the follow-up to 2013’s Body Music, AlunaGeorge have produced a full-blown pop album, one that rivals those by A-listers. The […]

Cymbals Eat Guitars’ ‘Pretty Years’ is off to a great start

It was almost an impossible task this week, picking one album to highlight in a sea of great new releases. Touché Amoré, Mikky Blanco, Preoccupations, AlunaGeorge, Mac Miller and Usher all released albums that have their fair share of redeemable moments, some more than others. But the album that hit me hardest is the newest from […]

Tobias Jesso Jr. returns with his “Don’t” demo

Tobias Jesso Jr. released one of 2015’s best albums, Goon, as well as helping write one of the year’s best songs, Adele’s “When We Were Young.” “Don’t” marks his first material since, and is exactly what we’ve come to expect from the piano-based singer-songwriter. Like his best songs, “Don’t” is a no-frills export – just Jesso […]