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Music industry news and analysis from The Nation
March 8, 2018
Music for Dark Times
MGMT and Poliça’s new albums offer songs of solace and alarm.
February 15, 2018
The alt-R&B of Rhye
Despite all of the sex baked into
, the album is striking for the sense of solitude that lurks beneath its surface.
December 15, 2017
Lil Peep’s Optimist Love Songs
Gustav Åhr was emo-rap’s most visible representative and the genre’s most mainstream success, but what set his music apart was not its despair but its deep sense of hope.
December 8, 2017
Songs of Aggression
A review of popular music reveals striking and distressing similarities in the way men talk about and deal with women in today’s society.
November 17, 2017
, he trades the glitz and brashness of his early work for a more ruminative and uncertain sound.
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November 1, 2017
The Satisfactions of St. Vincent
There’s a full band’s worth of talent in that name.
April 7, 2017
Laetitia Sadier’s New Alliance
The Laetitia Sadier Source Ensemble is a great argument for the type of experimentation that only comes from a solid knowledge of music history and decades of experience making it.
April 4, 2017
GoldLink’s Local Sound
The DC rapper’s new album raises the question of what “place” in the pop-culture landscape even means anymore.
Marcus J. Moore
March 2, 2017
Syd’s Quiet Storm
No longer in the background of Odd Future, the Los Angeles singer is finding her voice.
Marcus J. Moore
March 1, 2017
Keith Jarrett: In Search of Inspiration
To the degree that there was spontaneity in his latest concert, it was spontaneous regurgitation.