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What better way to move into 2019 than obsessing over a new Solange album? Yes, she has blessed us again. Solange says by the end of this year, we can expect to see a new body of work released. We were collectively blown away by Solange’s third studio album, released in 2016, A Seat At The Table, which explores themes of Blackness, home, and identity. Stylistically and lyrically rich, it provided us with honest and raw insights into her life and experience, and was so beautiful it left...
BLACK BELT EAGLE SCOUTMother Of My Children(Saddle Creek) On “Soft Stud,” Black Belt Eagle Scout—aka Katherine Paul or KP—softly admits, “I know you’re taken,” before crescendoing into sweet howls of, “need you, want you” over a killer guitar riff. The self-proclaimed “radical indigenous queer feminist” does this often on her debut, switching between riot grrrl and Earth mother, her vulnerability always on full display. “Indians Never Die” is a percussive meditation on environmental degradation, while the distortion-heavy “Just Lie Down” is about letting go of...
She had a hit with her song "Bad Babysitter" in 2002, but now New York rapper and DJ Princess Superstar is all about encouraging parents and kids to explore emotional intelligence. Her new kids' album, These Are The Magic Days, recorded under the alter ego M.o.M., is out today. We're excited to premiere the music video "Momster," animated by Felix Deng.  These Are The Magic Days is inspired by M.o.M's own experience—she is the mother to a seven-year-old daughter, Siren Ortega, whose vocals are also featured...
One year after the groundbreaking New York Times exposé about Harvey Weinstein, Amanda Palmer and Welsh songwriter Jasmine Power have released a powerful video accompaniment to their protest song, “Mr. Weinstein Will See You Now.” The totally crowdfunded video (all profits are being donated to #TimesUp) is a female tour de force, directed by Noemie Lafrance, shot with an all-woman cast and crew, and featuring sixty women artists. It’s NSFW—shots include full-nudity and implicit assault. It’s a tough but essential watch. Shots of solemn, white Oxford-clad women...
KURT VILEBottle It In(Matador) Every American rock icon eventually makes a road record—that irresistible document of planes and highways, bars and stadiums—and this is Kurt Vile’s. Recorded over two years in studios across the country, Bottle It In really does feel like a journey: the 60-mph sprawl of “One Trick Ponies,” the bright but claustrophobic “Hysteria,” the beautifully monotonous “Mutinies,” all sent through the looking glass of Vile’s cool, dry wit and warm, easy guitars. Think Neil Young on tour with Blonde Redhead, perhaps....
SPIRITUALIZEDAnd Nothing Hurt(Fat Possum Records) After a six-year hiatus, off-kilter space-rock outfit Spiritualized has returned with a new album that is certainly well worth the long wait. Frontman Jason Pierce opted to record on a limited budget in his own home, which gives it a highly intimate feeling. Starting off the album is “Perfect Miracle,” a whimsical and upbeat sentimental song that conjures the glowing feeling of a new love. “I’m Your Man” is a loud, rousing number with backing choir vocals and layered guitar...
Dancer, choreographer, and singer-songwriter Lynzy Lab took to social media to share her song titled “A Scary Time,” written in response to Donald Trump’s absurd comments on the controversial Supreme Court confirmation hearing, in which he said, “It’s a scary time for young men in America.” As more and more women are opening up about their stories of sexual assault, it’s infuriating to hear the President and his son’s delusional gripes about men being the real ones in danger. Luckily for us, Lynzy Lab channeled her anger...
TUNDE OLANIRANStranger (Magic Wheel) On his second full-length, pop stylist Tunde Olaniran works his warm voice against the backdrop of a carnival of styles. On the catchy “I’m Here,” Olaniran bangs it out like MJ for the 21st century. On “Miracle” he tries on a de rigueur pop trope—the self-acceptance anthem, bringing freshness and fun to a blueprint laid out by Whitney, Pink, et al. He waxes playful on “Celine Dion,” and shows off on “Coins,” snapping a picture of what a mash-up of Big Freedia, Cardi, and CupkakKe...
MADELINE KENNEYPerfect Shapes(Carpark Records) A year after her modest debut, Madeline Kenney teamed up with Wye Oak’s Jenn Wasner and found her signature sound: pure, unabashed, blissed-out pop. It’s the perfect complement to her timely lyrics that deal with the societal pressures women face. On the synth-driven “The Flavor of the Fruit Tree,” Kenney sweetly laments, “I keep getting old, you keep getting younger,” while “Cut Me Off” is a jumpy chorale that staves off redundancy, but in a way that won’t completely harsh your mellow....

CAT POWERWanderer(Domino) It’s been six years since Cat Power, aka Chan Marshall, released her last album, which is a long time even by her standards. Thankfully, she’s back with Wanderer, a blissful return to form that will satisfy every corner of her fan base. On her last album, 2012’s Sun, Marshall played with on-trend synths and Auto-Tuned vocals, and while there’s a little bit of that on Wanderer, listeners who prefer her folksier offerings will appreciate this album as well.  There are gorgeous, piano-based tracks that evoke “I Don’t Blame...