First Listen: Palehound, ‘Dry Food’

Palehound's new album, Dry Food, is out Aug. 14. (Courtesy of the artist)
Palehound’s new album, Dry Food, is out Aug. 14.
(Courtesy of the artist)

I’ve been lucky enough to catch Ellen Kempner perform many times now — solo and with her band, Palehound — and every time I’m blown away by her killer guitar playing and wry songwriting sensibility. Needless to say, I was excited to be able to write about the fantastic new Palehound album, Dry Food, for NPR Music’s First Listen series.

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Gold, ‘Wake Of The World’

Gold's self-titled album is out now. (Carrie Jordan/Courtesy of the artist)
Gold’s self-titled album is out now. (Carrie Jordan/Courtesy of the artist)

Wrote a quick hit for NPR Music’s Songs We Love series about the buoyant Brooklyn punk band, Gold and its song “Wake Of The World” from the band’s self-titled album.

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First Listen: Night Beds, ‘Ivywild’

Night Beds' Ivywild is out Aug. 7 via Dead Oceans. (Luca Venter/Courtesy of the artist)
Night Beds’ Ivywild is out Aug. 7 via Dead Oceans. (Luca Venter/Courtesy of the artist)

Here’s a very long review of Night Beds’ Ivywild — a very long, ambitious new album of smooth and steamy R&B and electronic pop — written for NPR Music’s First Listen series.

Krill, ‘Torturer’

Krill's album, A Distant Fist Unclenching, is out now. (Courtesy of the artist)
Krill’s album, A Distant Fist Unclenching, is out now. (Courtesy of the artist)

Wrote a thing for NPR Music and All Songs Considered about Krill and its eerie and surreal music video for “Torturer” — a fantastic song from the band’s killer 2015 album, A Distant Fist Unclenching.

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NPR Music Front Row: Desaparecidos, Live In Concert

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to help NPR Music shoot the Desaparecidos show at the Bushwick DIY venue Shea Stadium here in Brooklyn. The political punk band is fronted by Conor Oberst — known best as the folk and indie rock songwriter and Bright Eyes mastermind — put on a wild and frenzied show full of moshing and fist-pumping songs that pack a punch. Check out my short essay about the band and the show — and check out the insane video above!

First Listen: Son Lux, ‘Bones’

Son Lux's Bones is out June 23. (Courtesy of the artist)
Son Lux’s Bones is out June 23. (Courtesy of the artist)

Had the chance to write about one of my favorite artists, musicians — and now bands — Son Lux, a.k.a. Ryan Lott. Now a full band with Ian Chang and Rafiq Bhatia, Son Lux has just put out another fantastic record, Bones, which I got to hear a preview of last week at the Bowery Ballroom in New York. Spent a lot of time delving into the intricacies and themes of this album, for NPR Music’s First Listen series. Check that out here and go buy this record and see the band live!

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NPR Heavy Rotation: Elvis Depressedly, ‘New Alhambra’

Elvis Depressedly's latest album, New Alhambra, is out now. (Courtesy of the artist)
Elvis Depressedly’s latest album, New Alhambra, is out now. (Courtesy of the artist)

From time to time, I get to contribute to NPR Music’s series Heavy Rotation, which asks public radio stations across the country to talk about some of their favorite songs of the moment. Here’s another one I got to write, on Elvis Depressedly‘s song “New Alhambra” from his latest album of the same name. Check it out and other songs here.

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First Listen: Joanna Gruesome, ‘Peanut Butter’

Joanna Gruesome's new album, Peanut Butter, is out May 19. (Pat Graham/Courtesy of the artist)
Joanna Gruesome’s new album, Peanut Butter, is out May 19. (Pat Graham/Courtesy of the artist)

Got another opportunity to write about one of my favorite new bands, Joanna Gruesome, for NPR Music’s First Listen series. The new record, Peanut Butter, is sweet and abrasive and loud. It’s great.

First Listen: Speedy Ortiz, ‘Foil Deer’

Speedy Ortiz's new album, Foil Deer, is out April 21. (Shervin Lainez/Courtesy of the artist)
Speedy Ortiz’s new album, Foil Deer, is out April 21. (Shervin Lainez/Courtesy of the artist)

Wrote a long essay about Speedy Ortiz’s fantastic new record, Foil Deer for NPR Music’s First Listen series.

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