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…

What more do you want from Weezer at this point?

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“Don’t get mad at me, I’m just being honest,” Rivers Cuomo sings on Weezer’s latest self-titled, color-coded album, this one a Metallica/JAY-Z/Spinal Tap shade of black. (It’s the band’s sixth such foray including the near-simultaneously released covers-only Teal Album, and its 12th studio album of originals overall.)…

Jenny Lewis, a lost Marvin Gaye album, and more anticipated music for March

We told ourselves we weren’t going to get our hopes up again about Solange for this month’s preview, and then, of course, the R&B star drops When I Get Home on us at midnight March 1. But seeing as our excitement about the follow-up to A Seat At The Table is well-documented, we haven’t scrambled to add it in here.…

Jonas Åkerlund on Lords Of Chaos, Beyoncé, and how Lady Gaga inspired him to keep making music videos

Director Jonas Åkerlund has been working in the music video industry for over 30 years, and worked with several prolific artists across various genres, like Madonna, Metallica, Lady Gaga, and Beyoncé. Earlier this month, he helmed the feature-length thriller Lords Of Chaos, a dramatized look at the Norwegian black…

Metalheads, skaters, hippies, and punks—all are welcome at Red Bull Music Festival LA

“Of all the empty motel pools in Southern California, why skateboard around this one?” A bastardized Casablanca quote is as good of a thought as any to have on the freeway driving out to the Pink Motel in the dusty San Fernando Valley, a place that, with respect to Clueless’ Cher, is a solid 30 minutes from downtown…

Midwinter report: Were Pitchfork’s nights at the museum a masterpiece?

Midwinter is a compelling idea. Pitchfork’s new event, held at the Art Institute Of Chicago over the past weekend, brings together world-class art and music you might not see booked at bigger summer festivals in a limited-capacity venue, in the dead of the winter, when no one has anything nearly as spectacular going…

20 years ago, Rushmore took the soundtrack back to school

In 2017, actor and filmmaker Kentucker Audley created a video for Talkhouse where he married scenes from Wes Anderson’s Rushmore to a murderers’ row of vacuous ’90s pop hits from the likes of Smash Mouth, Blink-182, and Third Eye Blind. Mashing things up with “All Star” accounts for around 40 percent of all internet…

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