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Thundercat’s ‘The Beyond’ a short, funky trip

Thundercat’s ‘The Beyond’ a short, funky trip

Conor Battles, Editor in Chief

August 5, 2015


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From the reserved, low-and-slow churn of "Song for the Dead" to the relentlessly upbeat, poppy "Them Changes," Thundercat lets the groove do the talking.

Classic Review 8/5/15: Godspeed You! Black Emperor – ‘Lift Yr Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven’

Classic Review 8/5/15: Godspeed You! Black Emperor – ‘Lift Yr Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven’

Conor Battles, Editor in Chief

August 5, 2015


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Godspeed You! Black Emperor is perhaps the foremost post-rock band in the roughly two decades the subgenre has existed.

‘Honeybear’ an irony-soaked Americana sampler

‘Honeybear’ an irony-soaked Americana sampler

Conor Battles, Editor in Chief

August 4, 2015


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Tillman builds on the bluesy indie rock trappings of his debut as Father John, 2012's Fear Fun, incorporating country, jazz and folk to make what is essentially a hipster's revisionist history of American popular music.

Classic Review 7/29/15: Sufjan Stevens – ‘Illinois’

Classic Review 7/29/15: Sufjan Stevens – ‘Illinois’

Conor Batttles, Editor in Chief

July 29, 2015


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A quasi-conceptual album, Stevens weaves a series of unrelated tales centered in or concerning the state of Illinois, telling the story of the region in a way that is entirely unique and wholly refreshing even a decade on after its release.

Death Grips makes incendiary debut in Boston

Death Grips makes incendiary debut in Boston

Conor Battles, Editor in Chief

July 27, 2015


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Death Grips played one of the loudest, most visceral shows in the history of the Paradise.

Kamasi Washington takes jazz through time on The Epic

Kamasi Washington takes jazz through time on The Epic

Conor Battles, Editor in Chief

July 27, 2015


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Over its indelible three hours, The Epic manages to live up to its name in both sheer scope and quality.

Mac Demarco keeps it simple with Another One

Mac Demarco keeps it simple with Another One

Conor Battles, Editor in Chief

July 26, 2015


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Mac Demarco's Another One is a satisfying followup to 2014's acclaimed Salad Days that helps to cement the 25-year old as indie rock's consummate court jester.

‘Cherry Bomb’ fizzles

‘Cherry Bomb’ fizzles

Conor Battles, Editor-in-Chief

April 15, 2015


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A sizable roster of guest features is a new wrinkle to Tyler’s tried formula, and it does add quite a bit to the album, but it has the unfortunate effect of making his own work pale in comparison.

Press Play 3/29/15: Lords of the Game

Conor Battles, Editor in Chief

March 29, 2015


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From the start, Death Grips has been about much more than the music.

‘To Pimp a Butterfly’ an eclectic masterpiece

‘To Pimp a Butterfly’ an eclectic masterpiece

Conor Battles, Editor in Chief

March 26, 2015


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'good kid, m.A.A.d. city' was straight West Coast hip-hop; 'To Pimp a Butterfly' is 'Bitches Brew' by way of 'Maggot Brain' by way of 'All Eyez on Me.'

Press Play 12/22/15: The Beauty of ‘Benji’

Conor Battles, Editor in Chief

December 22, 2014


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There is no individual moment that stands out on Benji. It is an album that must be taken in full to appreciate.

FlyLo’s ‘You’re Dead!’ a trippy voyage

FlyLo’s ‘You’re Dead!’ a trippy voyage

Conor Battles, Editor in Chief

October 27, 2014


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'You’re Dead!' explores death of all kinds, delving primarily into what follows over the long, strange trip of the afterlife.

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