Discover SASSY 009 with their excellent single “Are you leaving”

SASSY 009 is a trio hailing form Oslo, Norway, and with only two tracks to their name thus far, it’s futile to attempt to label the group’s sound or intent. That will change when their debut EP arrives in the beginning of November, but for now, we can enjoy the excellent new track “Are you leaving,” and there is certainly a lot to enjoy. Continue reading “Discover SASSY 009 with their excellent single “Are you leaving””

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U.S. Girls return with urgency on “Mad As Hell”

You might not know it, but U.S. Girls released one of the best albums of 2015 with Half Free, an album that paired Shangri-Las-esque vocals with modern production values and settled on something unsettling, dark, and singular. After all, that album’s opening track featured the refrain, “I’m gonna hang myself, hang myself from my family tree.” Continue reading “U.S. Girls return with urgency on “Mad As Hell””

Post Malone is one of rap’s biggest hitmakers, and now he’s good

The rise of Post Malone has been gradual yet seismic; “White Iverson” was supposed to be his one-and-only hit single, and we certainly weren’t supposed to care about Post Malone once his press tour for Stoney, released some 15 months after “Iverson” became a viral – and actual – smash, ended. But something strange happened along the way. Continue reading “Post Malone is one of rap’s biggest hitmakers, and now he’s good”

Lorde invites her friends to make some “Homemade Dynamite” on the MELODRAMA single’s remix

“Homemade Dynamite” was already one of the most potent, economic pop songs this year, so it was easy to question how not one, or two, but three rising stars in pop, R&B and rap would feature on the song’s remix. Continue reading “Lorde invites her friends to make some “Homemade Dynamite” on the MELODRAMA single’s remix”

The National awaken on “Day I Die”

If you jumped on the bandwagon during the High Violet era like I did, you wouldn’t be faulted for thinking the National had submitted themselves to a life of downcast ballads and slow-burning epics. That album, along with its follow-up, the perhaps even better Trouble Will Find Me – signaled a band operating at maximum efficiency, following a certain template with enough variations so nothing ever felt like a retread. The band hardly wipes the slate clean on the recently released “Day I Die,” but they do harken back to their formative albums Alligator and Boxer, channeling those albums’ most hard-charging moments. Continue reading “The National awaken on “Day I Die””