By liorphillips

Spoon’s Britt Daniel Breaks Down His Band’s Entire Discography

As Spoon announce a 10th anniversary reissue of Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga, revisit what frontman Britt Daniel had to say about the album and the rest of his band’s discography. On the morning before one of Spoon’s first shows supporting new album Hot Thoughts, Britt Daniel exudes an inordinate calm. I’ve asked him to take a […]

By Randall Colburn

Algiers share new track “Walk Like a Panther”, plus a remix by Uniform — listen

Photo by​ ​Philip Cosores Algiers have described their new album, The Underside of Power, as reflective of “a world riven by fascist nationalism and white power fantasies in the US and abroad.” That sentiment rippled throughout its title track and “Cleveland”, both of which are fierce, biting, and aggressively political. Now, just a few days before […]

By Ben Kaye

Algiers pay tribute to victims of police violence on “Cleveland” — listen

 Photo by ​Philip Cosores​ When it comes to music with political statements in 2017, you’ll be hard pressed to find anything more powerful and overt than Algiers. The New York/London band recently announced their sophomore album, The Underside of Power, with its hard-hitting, soulful title track. Now, they’re back with another culturally critical single, “Cleveland”. The track […]

By Matt Melis

Pink Floyd’s Animals Pulls No Political Punches 40 Years Later

This article originally ran in January 2017. Set the controls for the heart of every Pink Floyd fan: We’re celebrating Roger Waters’ highly anticipated return with a week of Floydian features that will make you wish you were here forever. Today, Brice Ezell looks back at Pink Floyd’s bleakest album, which feels eerily relevant in these grave […]

By Randall Colburn

Kristeen Young shares video for new single “These Are the Things I’m Not the Most” — watch

Kristeen Young’s steely, indefatigable identity is as resistant to categorization as her music, which has been described as “eclectic,” “operatic-punk,” and “intergalactic” without ever quite capturing it. Her songwriting was born out of trauma, after all, a way to escape what she describes as a “nightmarish” upbringing in adoptive and foster homes. It makes sense that her sound would capture […]

By rmbray

Blur vs. Gorillaz: Where Does Damon Albarn Truly Belong?

This feature originally ran in April 2015 and is being re-published ahead of Gorillaz’s new album, Humanz. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Art is subjective. Music and movies aren’t about competition; they’re about artistic expression. Well, for those of you who know better than to believe those lies, welcome to another installment of Vs. […]

By liorphillips

Spoon’s Britt Daniel Breaks Down His Band’s Entire Discography

Photo by Philip Cosores On the morning before one of Spoon’s first shows supporting new album Hot Thoughts, Britt Daniel exudes an inordinate calm. I’ve asked him to take a journey back through each of Spoon’s nine albums. He remains unfazed, speaking softly yet confidently, his memory sharp and his opinions sharper. And yet, he doesn’t seem the type […]

By Matt Melis

Pink Floyd’s Animals Pulls No Political Punches 40 Years Later

Dusting ‘Em Off is a rotating, free-form feature that revisits a classic album, film, or moment in pop-culture history. This week, Brice Ezell looks back at Pink Floyd’s bleakest album, which feels eerily relevant in these grave times. When it comes to Pink Floyd and politics, one refrain tends to ring louder than the others: […]