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boygenius by boygenius


Melancholic and soft, this debut release from songwriters Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers and Lucy Dacus plays like a longing lullaby. The group’s moniker is intended as commentary on gendered themes and as a means to highlight their femme-focused ensemble. Simple riffs and melting melodies compose each track, coming together to explore the typical tropes of…

Highway Dancer by Calvin Love


Songwriters are no strangers to loneliness. While some create soundscapes to seek solace from isolation, fewer choose to immerse themselves in it. With his new album, Highway Dancer, Edmonton-raised Calvin Love embraces the void and encourages listeners to do the same. Like a deep-space desperado on a lonesome interstellar journey, Love hitches classic conceits in…

Dose Your Dreams by Fucked Up


Over the last decade, Toronto band Fucked Up has become a mainstay of the Canadian music scene. Their newest album, Dose Your Dreams, is an excellent 18-track project. Features from Jennifer Castle and J Mascis — of Dinosaur Jr. — help bring different vocal contrasting throughout the re- cord, especially towards the end, as lead…

Bottle It In by Kurt Vile


Whether it be of the air or of the mind, there’s a certain haziness that hovers nearby this time of year. While some would try to fight it, Kurt Vile — who is no stranger to walking through this pretty daze himself — uses his latest record, Bottle It In, to encourage listeners to float…

Piano & A Microphone 1983 By Prince


As the late artist’s first posthumous release, Piano & A Microphone 1983 intimately encapsulates an entire musical legacy. A look behind the curtain, so to speak, the LP was unveiled by Prince’s estate on Sept. 21 and comes from deep within the artist’s personal archives. Piano & A Microphone 1983 was initially recorded in one…

Burnt Sugar by Gouge Away


Hardcore bands are rarely praised for their range. Albums in the genre are usually a chore to listen to as the songs begin to blend together into one barrage of noise and fury. Some bands even forgo the album format altogether — opting for split EPs, promo tapes and live shows. With Burnt Sugar, Gouge…

Solo Piano III By Chilly Gonzales


It’s been an interesting year for musical egos. From Kanye’s synapse-deteriorating return to Twitter this April, to Paul Simon dropping a tired album earlier this month, as though we’ve actually cared about his work since Graceland, songwriters appear to be as self-assured as they’ve ever been. Unlike Yeezy or Paul, however, Chilly Gonzales — the…

In Another Life by Sandro Perri


This atmospheric experiment in songwriting proves, just a few tracks in, to be an LP not to miss. In Another Life marks a fresh re-entry for the Toronto-based producer Sandro Perri as his first solo release since 2011. The album features an impressive, exploratory trilogy of tracks: “Everybody’s Paris Pt I” builds to “Everybody’s Paris…

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