Slowdive ease back into form with “Sugar for the Pill”

Three years ago, Slowdive joined a long line of revived 90s groups traversing the tour circuit, and their place was hardly cemented. While revered during their heyday, it can be difficult for a band such as Slowdive to find their footing in a different social climate. Yet they make it look remarkably easy with new […]

Vince Staples hits the stratosphere on his Gorillaz collaboration “Ascension”

Gorillaz returned late last week with not one new track, but four new tracks from the forthcoming Humanz. D.R.A.M., Jenny Beth, Noel Gallagher and Pop’caan are all featured on the newly released cuts, but the standout track features the consistently great Vince Staples.

Future Islands burrow inward on new single “Cave”

Dan Herring and the rest of the Future Islands crew reached their commercial and critical peak with the release of 2014’s great Singles, featuring the timeless “Seasons (Waiting on You).” While it would be impossible for any band to reach higher ground than Future Islands did three years ago, the band doesn’t hold back on new […]

Kendrick Lamar beats at his own pace on “The Heart Pt. 4”

Quick question: when’s the last time Kendrick Lamar wasn’t the best rapper alive? Sure, other rappers have had bigger hits, and others have pushed the genre to unimaginable places, but none have displayed the presence, the gravitas of Kendrick Lamar over the course of his past three studio albums, along with his overlooked 2011 mixtape Section.80.

Young Thug shines with his MORE LIFE features on “Sacrifices” & “Ice Melts”

I’m not sure when Young Thug became the most exciting voice in rap, but we’re here now. What began in 2011 with his I Came From Nothing series started to blossom as early as 2013 with the seminal 1017 Thug mixtape, while the next year’s Tha Tour, Pt. 1 collaboration with Rich Homie Quan and Birdman cemented him as a […]