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The 1975 deliver an overlong mess with ‘A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships’

You know, it’s a common trope among movie critics that most sequences involving computer hacking tend to suck, because not only do most filmmakers not know anything about hacking in the real world, you’re trying to add tension and gravitas to what is, for the most part, just people writing code and running scripts. And […]

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Tom Krell pivots toward graphic subject matter on How to Dress Well’s ‘The Anteroom’

So I wasn’t expecting this. And if you’ve been following Tom Krell’s career arc as How To Dress Well the past few years, I think that’s a reasonable statement to make, as he’s gradually taken steps away from the misty, melancholic alternative R&B sound to something more pop-friendly, culminating in 2016 with Care, an album […]

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Now Streaming: You and Me (Whatever) by Crooked Teeth

Photo Credit: Rick Rodney Perfect for fans of Third Eye Blind, Saves The Day and Weezer, “You and Me (Whatever)” is the 3rd featured single off Honey, Crooked Teeth’s latest EP, releasing on November 16th via Rude Records. Lyrics: Want you, I want you back Losing you’s like a heart attack Calm down when you […]

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Kurt Vile delivers a distant, introspective ‘Bottle It In’

It’s hard not to feel like Kurt Vile is going in the exact opposite direction I hoped he would. Or at the very least it’s hard to say if he’s playing to his strengths, because I’ve always been of the opinion that when the man feels fit to string his ideas together he can craft […]

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Ella Mai teams up with DJ Mustard for an extremely uneven debut album

So here’s a serious question: who the hell was expecting ‘Boo’d Up’ to be as big as it was? Because I sure as hell didn’t, I’ll say that right now – when I first covered Ella Mai’s breakout single on Billboard BREAKDOWN on a week chock full of better R&B tunes, I was underwhelmed by […]

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How Alterity’s ‘Afterlife’ could have achieved greatness

So just so you all understand my point of reference, let me describe how I handle artists who are more of a Bandcamp/independent stripe that wind up on my schedule. Most of it would seem self-explanatory: unless they absolutely blow me away or I literally have nothing else to talk about on my schedule – […]

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Jess Glynne seriously stumbles on her sophomore ‘Always In Between’

So here’s something I’ve realized about myself and pop music: when it comes to sheer competence in song construction, more often than not I’ll give acts that might not be the most innovative more of a pass than most. Part of this is the appreciation and acknowledgement that crafting a damn solid straightforward pop song […]

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Ron Gallo ventures towards art rock with ‘Stardust Birthday Party’

So I wasn’t expecting this. Sure, when Ron Gallo came right the hell out of nowhere to blow my mind with the brilliantly witty, terrifically nasty album HEAVY META in 2017, I knew we were dealing with a very real talent that I was sure was going to throw me for a loop consistently, and […]

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Eric Church’s ‘Desperate Man’ slides into an uncertain, scattered place

There’s a part of me that wishes I had a firmer clue where Eric Church was going. See, it seemed simple enough in the early 2010s, where he adopted a brand of swaggering rock-tinged country that could come across a little overblown but tended to have enough details, hooks, and nifty ideas bending around the […]

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Poets Of The Fall roar back with ‘Ultraviolet’

You know, I could rattle off a pretty impressive list of disappointing events in 2016, but if we’re just to confine it to music, the last Poets Of The Fall album would be up there. And no, I’m not going to mince words with this: Poets of the Fall were one of the most strikingly […]

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