Today I went to order Melanie Martinez’s killer art pop album Crybaby on Amazon and it was 18 and change. Noticed that it’s also available on cassette for 24 and change. This is ridiculous. I know some people feel nostalgic about cassettes and I actually ordered a new cassette deck today, so I...Read more
D∆WN, better known as Dawn Richard, veers in a mainstream R&B/pop direction with her new single "Cali Sun," which hails from her third album, Redemption, which is said to be the "final installment in the trilogy." I was a big fan of the two previous...
interview by Michael McCarthy When I lived in Glendale, a suburb of Los Angeles, a decade ago, I went through a long period of being anorexic. During this time, I read every eating disorder related book I could find. I suppose I read some of them because they were triggering and encouraged me...Read more
OK, so this is more of an interlude type of track than an actual song, but it's the best thing I've heard all day, hence my dubbing it #songoftheday. What we have here is Earl Sweatshirt rapping about stuff and that's always plenty to satisfy me. ...
interview by Michael McCarthy It’s funny how everything is connected. Earlier this year, I was listening to a random artist on Soundcloud – I can’t remember who – and the next thing that came on was a song by Brandyn Burnette, who I wound up interviewing. During that interview, he mentioned that he...Read more
August 9, 2016…After topping the rock charts in 2014 and 2015, The Pretty Reckless returns with their extraordinary third studio album Who You Selling For, due October 21st on Razor & Tie. The new album is the band’s anticipated follow up to Going To Hell, which spawned the biggest rock song of 2014...Read more
Wild Beasts’ synthy new album Boy King is out now and is a breath-taking alt pop masterpiece. It’s the sort of record Radiohead might be making if they weren’t so abstract these days. From the opening one-two punch of “Boy King” and “Tough Guy” through closer “Dreamliner,” there isn’t a bad song in...Read more
interview by Michael McCarthy In a perfect world, Molly Moore would need no introduction. Her elegant pop songs are a perfect mix of both catchy, mainstream and pensive, artsy pop. At her core, Molly is a singer/songwriter. It just so happens that her songs are exquisitely produced pop. Well, most of them. Her...Read more
interview by Michael McCarthy I’ve been a fan of the hugely popular Scottish band Biffy Clyro since the release of the trio’s sophomore album, The Vertigo of Bliss, back in 2003. I was flipping through an issue of the British magazine NME at a Borders bookstore – R.I.P. – and read a positive...Read more
We love Bat and Ball so much we interviewed them twice back in 2014. Then they kind of vanished for a little while there. Now they're back with "Cruel Cats," an exquisitely produced new single that's ripe for the picking. With beats that clobber and...
interview by Michael McCarthy I have a confession to make. I’ve been getting pretty bored with most of the music that’s coming my way via publicists. Everything starts to sound the same after a while. You get so many bands all going for the same sound. Lately it’s a lot of indie bands...Read more
Back in June, Brooklyn-based piano composer Andrew Shapiro released his third piano album, appropriately entitled Piano 3. (Perhaps you are one of the six million people who streamed his song “Mint Green” – from his 2008 debut, Numbers, Colors and People – on Pandora?) That he was releasing another piano album was hardly...Read more