July 19 2016
About halfway through Inter Arma's new album Paradise Gallows sits a seven-minute slab of gloriously buzzy post-metal as high-minded and horizon-wide as anything the band has ever done
July 12 2016
Listeners of Fear of Men's second album, Fall Forever, are likely to notice there's something different about the UK-based indie pop outfit this time around
July 6 2016
Three songs into White Lung's new album, Paradise, the Vancouver band sends an immediate signal that things are changing
June 28 2016
Kevin Morby isn't flashy. He isn't known for on-stage antics, run-ins with the law or heroic battles with substance abuse
June 21 2016
This current 70-date tour of Pet Sounds is the last chance to hear it performed as a complete package, which increases the urgency behind it
June 15 2016
When listening to cellist Zoë Keating’s recordings, you could be forgiven for thinking you were hearing an entire orchestra
June 7 2016
It might come as a surprise to hear that Nylon Apartments, a band with such a distinctive sound and unified aesthetic, was born of something so unstructured and open-ended
May 31 2016
It's all too easy for a young band to bite off more than they can chew. Toronto punk band PUP learned that lesson the hard way in 2015 after setting a goal that turned out to be a little too amb
May 24 2016
In more than 25 years of performing and writing music, North Carolina singer/songwriter Eric Bachmann has only released two albums under his own name
May 18 2016
There's a tired bit of conventional wisdom about how The Cure’s music resonates most strongly with teenagers
May 10 2016
It's tempting to call the 47-year-old's recent succession of acclaimed solo albums a career renaissance. However, Grant sees it more as a grand coming-out party
May 3 2016
The first time a Beyoncé song saved me, I was 24 and had broken up with my high school sweetheart. Two weeks later, we were technically back together. Like most things, it was Kanye's fault
April 27 2016
Mosquito. That’s the name Chicago post-rock pioneers Tortoise went by at the beginning of their career. Not exactly an image that conjures the longevity and sturdiness that’s been synonymous...
April 19 2016
Older, maybe, but Black Mountain hasn't softened a bit. Playing music in your 12th year as a band versus your second, however, requires thinking differently about your approach
April 12 2016
The more famous Bombino becomes, the more sharply that fame contrasts the modest personality of Nigerien guitarist Omara Moctar. But that's working within the premise that Moctar and Bombino are one
April 6 2016
Jordan Smith is ready to be taken seriously. Unfortunately, that’s easier said than done when your band is named Diarrhea Planet
March 29 2016
A stereotype of rock 'n' roll that existed many years ago was that of a non-stop party. Playing music for a living meant being rewarded with backstage trysts with groupies and cocaine, and bran
March 22 2016
Santi White is nearing the end of her proverbial rope. She's overworked, bone-tired and making a concerted effort not to burn out. But mostly, the artist known as Santigold is wondering just how long she...
March 15 2016
There’s no better way to get to know the pulse of a music scene than to listen to dozens and dozens of demos from local bands. For CityBeat, the Great Demo Review is an annual institution—a...
March 14 2016
The album title says it all: You're Doomed. Be Nice. In fact, it's hard to think of a more appropriate, career-encapsulating mantra when it comes to Rob Crow. In a career that's well into its third


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