serpentwithfeet, Snail Mail, and arriving on your own time

“I’m so tired of moving on / Spending every weekend so far gone,” sings Lindsey Jordan on her band Snail Mail’s great new track “Heat Wave,” from their debut LP Lush released this past Friday. At only 19, Jordan seems too young to be tired of anything, yet as exhausting as the past few years […]

A Man Is an Island: On the new albums from Kanye West and Father John Misty

Over the past decade, no artist has come close to Kanye West when it comes to securing headlines. Over a decade ago, West first made waves for non-music reasons when he called out George W. Bush for his slow response to Hurricane Katrina, and since then, he’s drawn attention to himself for award show outbursts, […]

The Different Styles That Led to the Best Arctic Monkeys and Beach House Albums to Date

Within the last month, two of the year’s best albums were released, Arctic Monkeys’ Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino and Beach House’s 7, delivered by bands whose very names are at odds with each other, their music equally so. Up until Tranquility Base, Arctic Monkeys made a name for themselves off their potent pop hooks […]