Katie Burden Strange Moon

Katie Burden: Strange Moon

It often takes artists an entire career to figure out exactly what they want to sound like. Debut albums, generally speaking, are tentative; proof-of-concepts for the music yet to come. So when an artist releas...
Bon Iver 22 A Million

Bon Iver: 22, A Million

By now, anyone with even a passing interest in music has heard The Passion of Justin Vernon™. He’s the heartbroken indie rocker who retreated to a cabin in the remote woods of Wisconsin and cranked out one of t...
Frank Ocean Blonde

Frank Ocean: Blonde

Four years. That’s how long the world has been waiting on Frank Ocean — and not just “the world” as in music geeks or pop culture junkies, but the world proper. Channel Orange, Ocean’s 2012 debut, was a masterp...
The Descendents Hypercaffium Spazzinate

Descendents: Hypercaffium Spazzinate

“Thou shalt not commit adulthood.” Of all the adages from “All-O-Gistics,” a quasi-Ten Commandments from their 1987 album All, this one is perhaps most indicative of the Descendents. They’ve always been a ba...
PUP - The Dream is Over

PUP: The Dream is Over

In two short years, Toronto-based punk quartet PUP has gone from being one of music’s best-kept secrets to the potential scions of a genre. Their 2014 self-titled debut, all shredded throats and shark-toothed g...
Kanye West - The Life of Pablo

Kanye West: The Life of Pablo

I’ve never had to wait a week before reviewing an album for fear that its creator’s endless tinkering might turn it into something completely different. Yet here we are, one week later, and I finally think I’m ...
Baroness Purple

Baroness: Purple

On 2012’s Yellow and Green, it became apparent that sludge metal outfit Baroness was not going to be the band many knew them as for long. The double album saw the four-piece veering into a tighter, more streaml...

Elohim: “Bridge and the Wall”

When Elohim was first pitched to me, the term used to describe the L.A.-based elctro-popper was “CHVRCHES-y.” Being a proud member of the FANCLVB, I was immediately intrigued. Listening to “Bridge and the Wall,...
logic the incredible story

Logic: The Incredible True Story

There’s no doubt in my mind that if Logic hadn’t become famous as a rapper, he would have made it as a filmmaker. The Maryland emcee fills his songs with cinematic instrumentation and esoteric references to Chr...