By Ben Kaye

Tracy Bonham breaks down her new album, Modern Burdens, Track by Track: Stream

Track by Track is a recurring new music feature in which an artist offers a comprehensive rundown of their new album. On March 19th, 1996, the world was introduced to one of alternative rock’s most steadfast and powerful singer-songwriters, Tracy Bonham. That’s the day she released her debut album, The Burdens of Being Upright, a record that […]

By Katherine Flynn

10 Times St. Vincent Gave No Fucks

The signs have always been there, if you knew where to look for them. The wide-eyed, sweet-looking ingenue on the cover of 2007’s Marry Me actually wasn’t very interested in getting married at all. There was definitely something subtly sinister lurking under the chamber pop flourishes of 2009’s Actor. 2011’s Strange Mercy was more explicitly […]

By liorphillips

Artist of the Month Melkbelly on Family Matters, Van Life, and Keeping “Gross but Cute”

Photos by Lenny Gilmore On the massive “Twin Looking Motherfucker”, Chicago quartet Melkbelly push and pull, burn and glow, start and stop. The guitars and bass sound like steel-winged birds flying in formation, each beat a new concussive flap. The drums heave with a distorted burn, never leaving space for a single breath. The vocals tear […]

By rmbray

We Are Never Getting Back Together: How Avoiding a Reunion Can Secure a Band’s Legacy

Photo by Paul Natkin Grant Hart’s death from cancer last week at the age of 56 sent waves of eulogy through the internet, all of it completely deserved. As half of the creative engine behind Hüsker Dü, he was a guy whose music broke rank with hardcore punk’s do’s and don’ts. He and Bob Mould brought […]

By Randall Colburn

Riot Fest 2017 Festival Review: From Worst to Best

“No one here released an essential album this year,” said one of my colleagues as we baked in the scorching sunbeams skating across this year’s Riot Fest, waiting for the third, fifth, or eighth act of the day to take the stage. He wasn’t criticizing the year’s booking, really, just making a point. And it’s […]

By Alex Young

R.I.P. Grant Hart, Hüsker Dü drummer has died at 56

Hüsker Dü co-founder and drummer Grant Hart has died at the age of 56. According to Variety, Hart had been battling cancer. In a statement, Hart’s Hüsker Dü singer Bob Mould wrote, “Grant Hart was a gifted visual artist, a wonderful story teller, and a frighteningly talented musician. Everyone touched by his spirit will always remember.” (Read: The […]

By Ben Kaye

Hüsker Dü share huge Savage Young Dü box set with loads of previously unreleased material: Stream

Chicago reissue label Numero Group will give fans a comprehensive look at the early days of Hüsker Dü when they release the massive Savage Young Dü box set this November 10th. Compiled over seven years from tapes and early demos, the 69-track collection is already being streamed in full over at NPR. Available as four LPs or three […]

By Nina Corcoran

The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me: The Brand New Album That Changed Emo Forever

Dusting ‘Em Off is a rotating, free-form feature that revisits a classic album, film, or moment in pop-culture history. This week, Nina Corcoran tackles Brand New’s game-changing third studio album with the help of Manchester Orchestra, Kevin Devine, and mewithoutYou. When Brand New released their third studio album, no one expected it to change as many […]