The departure of drummer Janet Weiss, who left the band in 2019, is unavoidably felt on the new Sleater-Kinney record, but the band, now a duo, still has the power to dazzle. Here’s my review for Slant Magazine:
I wrote about the really great debut from Bachelor, the clear result of a fruitful creative partnership. Here it is, for The Alternative:
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Today’s edition has a little bit of everything—sections on music, books, and writing with just a dash of feelings. You can check that out right here:
Sat down with Brooklyn’s Nervous Dater over Zoom to chat about their excellent and eclectic pop-rock album Call in the Mess. We talked about their hard-won confidence and how they’ve come to let some new styles into the fold. You can read that over on The Alternative:
Unfortunately, the new Manchester Orchestra record doesn’t live up to the glitchy promise of singles “Bed Head” and “Keel Timing.”
Read my review for Slant:
I wrote about the incredible new live film from toe and how it feels to love a live album in the absence of real shows.
Here it is for The Alternative:
Last month I spoke to post-hardcore band Closer about their cathartic and moving new record Within One Stem. We also talked about Geoff Rickly, Slayer, and Decemberunderground. Here it is for The Alt:
I reviewed the very pleasant new Antlers record for Slant:
Here’s my review of New Music and Big Pop, the debut LP from indie pop band Another Michael:
I reviewed the debut full-length from Columbus screamo/hardcore band For Your Health. Here it is, for The Alternative: