Lizzo loves herself, and learns to love somebody else, on the empowered yet tender Cuz I Love You

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Three years after breaking into the popular consciousness (if not the Billboard charts) with “Good As Hell”—a song that you’ve probably heard, even if you don’t recognize its title—Lizzo’s time has come. Freshly signed to Atlantic Records, Lizzo specializes in R&B/pop empowerment anthems in the Beyoncé mold, with a…

Weyes Blood ascends to new musical heights on the lush, cinematic Titanic Rising

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Indie music has been snuggling up to all things orchestral for decades. But the sumptuous textures on Titanic Rising, singer-songwriter Natalie Mering’s fourth studio album under the pseudonym Weyes Blood, are worlds away from Belle & Sebastian’s twee chamber-pop or Arcade Fire’s sweeping bombast. The record isn’t…

“Come Back” to earth with the new single by Naytronix, a.k.a. Tune-Yards’ Nate Brenner

As one half of Oakland duo Tune-Yards, Nate Brenner is well-seasoned at making prismatic noise-pop with a conscience. But where his work with Merrill Garbus for the last near-decade has been more extroverted and outspoken, Brenner’s solo project, Naytronix, has largely existed behind a cool psych haze. That changes…

Weyes Blood’s Titanic Rising is a stunning early contender for album of the year

Natalie Mering was a gifted child, to say the least. Weathering a life-altering move at age 10 from Santa Monica to Doylestown, Pennsylvania, a small town of just over 8,000 residents, she would retreat to her teenage bedroom, adorned with stuffed animals, posters of celebrities, and various sports trophies, a scene…

Here are 20 albums we can’t wait to hear in April

March was a great month for music, delivering some of 2019’s greatest highlights so far, and April looks to follow suit. Finally, the gorgeous new Weyes Blood album will see the light of day, as well as promising new LPs from Inter Arma, Mountain Goats, and Aldous Harding. In pop, Marina returns, Diamond-free, with a…

LPX is the American Robyn, and her new EP proves she’s ready for pop stardom

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It’s not really fair to call an artist “the ___ version of” another artist. It denies their individuality and reduces them to a variant of someone else’s talent. But headlines can only be so long; ergo, consider “American Robyn” a short way of saying LPX deserves to be a pop star, because every track she writes is a…

More empathetic than incendiary, this is still Andrew Bird’s Finest Work Yet

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Andrew Bird’s My Finest Work Yet is as much a culmination of his musical storytelling as it is a high mark of his 20-plus year career—you can walk away with a different favorite song with each listen. The album, Bird’s 12th solo outing, is replete with superlatives, containing some of his most exquisite melodies and…

Singing like she never has before, Jenny Lewis puts it all On The Line

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Nobody would ever accuse Jenny Lewis of being circumspect. The catalog of her first band, ’00s indie-pop pace-setters Rilo Kiley, zeroed in on twentysomething emotional turbulence—the kind of tumult driven by ennui and loneliness intersecting with the euphoria of adulthood—with pinpoint accuracy. Her solo albums,…

Lollapalooza enlists cute doggos to announce partial lineup led by Tame Impala, Janelle Monáe

Lollapalooza is one of the world’s largest music festivals, taking over Chicago’s Grant Park for two entire weeks during the dog days of summer. And this year, the fest is using its considerable profile to benefit local no-kill shelter PAWS by having some of the organization’s very cute, very adoptable pups help…

“I’m speaking about stuff I’ve never talked about”: Jenny Lewis on her best solo album to date

Jenny Lewis has been making music for more than 20 years, on her own and with bands like Rilo Kiley and Nice As Fuck. But she’s never recorded anything quite like On The Line. Her fourth solo album and first since 2014’s The Voyager sounds humongous: rafter-raising vocals, pianos that seem to ring out endlessly, and,…

With Pyromania, Def Leppard made a pop-metal hybrid for the ages

In 1983, when much of the music world was turning toward “modern-sounding” synths and electronic music, one young outfit from Sheffield, England was about to make its impact by focusing on straight-ahead rock. Def Leppard’s Pyromania actually bridged the disparate musical islands of pop and metal, resulting in a…

Hospice at 10: The Antlers’ Peter Silberman on how an album about death is now healing his voice

It wasn’t nostalgia that brought Peter Silberman back to Hospice, but necessity. Sometime after the release of his 2017 solo album, Impermanence, the Antlers mastermind suffered a vocal cord lesion, one he admits was brought on by years of “ripping it to shreds.” After he underwent surgery, his vocal therapist gave…

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