I reviewed the surprisingly good new Modest Mouse record for Slant:
Parting — “Unmake Me”
On their debut release, Parting (ex Empire! Empire!, Dowsing, Annabel, and Hawk & Son) construct a testament to transforming together while maintaining the truth of everything they always stood for. Here’s my review, for The Alternative:
The Alt’s Best So Far 2021
I contributed blurbs on The Armed, Spirit of the Beehive, and Snow Ellet for The Alternative‘s Best of 2021 So Far list.
Sleater-Kinney — “Path of Wellness”
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:
Bachelor — “Doomin’ Sun”
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:
Interview: Nervous Dater
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:
Manchester Orchestra — “The Million Masks of God”
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:
Review: Manchester Orchestra’s The Million Masks of God Feels Like a Sluggish Retread
toe — “DOKU-EN-KAI”
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: