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Review: “Slouch” – Spirit Club

When Spirit Club released its self-titled debut album in spring 2015, many listeners were enthralled — and for good reason. The group, which is composed of Wavves frontman Nathan Williams, his brother Joel and longtime friend Andrew Caddick, emerged as a trippy, moody California emo

Review: “LP2” – American Football

How do you follow up a masterpiece? Surely this question plagued the minds of the people who comprise American Football. In 1999, the group released their self-titled debut — regarded as a pioneering record in the emo genre thanks to its clean and effortlessly precise

Review: ‘Sonderlust’ – Kishi Bassi

Singer/musician/violinist/keyboardist Kaoru Ishibashi, also known as Kishi Bashi, dropped his third album, Sonderlust, on Sept. 16, and the result is an incredibly cohesive album that shows clear growth and maturation from his previous work. His two earlier albums, 2012’s 151a and 2014’s Lighght, initially caught

Review: ’22, A Million’ – Bon Iver

How far Justin Vernon has come from that snowy cabin in upstate Wisconsin. It still feels as though that “moody lumberjack-looking dude goes to make a heartfelt folk album in a cabin” narrative just cropped up the other day. But For Emma, Forever Ago is

Contextualizing criticism

Surely everyone has experienced the following situation: You hear a song in one context and make a judgment, but then you hear it in different space and time, and change your opinion. It is a tale as old as time. Music critics have often had

Billboard Hot 666: Satan and the evil in popular music

He may be a troll, but a Twitter account attributed to a man named “Gregory McDowell” has recently targeted Blink-182 concertgoers for their unholy ways. “You need Jesus in your life,” he wrote on Sept. 11. “Blink 182 is a satanic band and you should

Review: ‘The Divine Feminine’ – Mac Miller

It would appear that Mac Miller is not keen on plateauing anytime soon. The former frat rap star has continued his dramatic artistic evolution with The Divine Feminine, a tightly wound concept album centered around the endlessly fascinating topic of love. Miller’s last LP, GO:OD

Review: “Blonde” and “Endless” – Frank Ocean

Frank Ocean has a lot of feelings. He let us know that in his first album, Channel Orange, and the mixtape, Nostalgia, ULTRA, that preceded it. He continues to do so on his newly released albums, Blonde, and his visual album, Endless. Frank Ocean sings

Review: “Freetown Sound” – Blood Orange

Editor’s Note: This review was originally published by Off-Kilter. This is a political album but, as is the norm with Dev Hynes, it is so much more than that. Beyond being a fusion of jazz, pop and R&B with influences ranging from Michael Jackson to Prince