The National are at their most lucid on “The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness”

Like most songs from the National, “The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness” takes multiple listens to reveal all its hues. Matt Berninger’s baritone is as crisp as ever, the Dessners and Devendorfs as economical, precise in their execution as anything on their last, great album Trouble Will Find Me.

Harry Styles branches out with the stunning “Woman”

Harry Styles is better than it has any reason being. First albums from former pop group bands aren’t usually all the great. Think fellow One Direction alum Zayn Malik, whose 2015 album Mind of Mine was a largely forgettable affair, or even an artist like Justin Timberlake. Justified had some thrilling highs, but it still felt like market-tested set of songs, […]

Sheer Mag are as fervent as ever on “Just Can’t Get Enough,” the lead single from their debut LP NEED TO FEEL YOUR LOVE

After a string of rousing EPs (culminating in the great Compilation LP), Sheer Mag is set to release their debut album this summer and lead single “Just Can’t Get Enough” loses none of the swagger, the brash intensity of the band’s prior work.