The Best Albums of 2017 (So Far)

This list has been updated to include August releases. The running threads interest adjoining the music 2017 are strange: indie rock is back in full force, young rappers seem hell-bent on reclaiming nü-metal, and our legends keep leaving us. Like Outkast said, “Nothing is for sure, nothing is for certain, …

Spoon’s Britt Daniel on the 10th Anniversary of Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga

When Spoon’s most recent album, Hot Thoughts, was released earlier this year, a common critical talking point was that this was their “dance record.” Spoon had become known for its economy and ability to make two or three instruments sound like all you could ever want on a track, but the Austin-born …

Arcade Fire’s Everything Now Is Late and Loud

Win Butler Arcade Fire. Photo: Sergione Infuso/Corbis/Getty s Ten years ago, New Yorker pop critic Sasha Frere-Jones recounted seeing the Montreal indie-rock band Arcade Fire play in a Washington Heights church after the release its powerhouse 2007 sophomore album, Neon Bible, in a piece called “A Paler Shade White.” He …

The 15 Best Albums of 2016

Photo: Vulture It has been a strange, bittersweet year for pop music. It regained some its cachet as a vehicle for activism and for respite from the exhaustion current events. (Speaking events, the losses were scary: RIP David Bowie, Prince, Merle Haggard, Maurice White, Glenn Frey, Phife Dawg, Leonard Cohen, …

Chillwave Is Back … or Is It?

Washed Out’s Ernest Greene, left, and Toro Y Moi’s Chaz Bundick. It couldn’t have been too surprising that the genre known as chillwave faded out conversation a couple years after being formulated: After all, it was never a particularly stable term to begin with. Chill — at least in the …

The Best Albums of 2017 (So Far)

This week, Vulture is looking back at the best releases so far in 2017. The running threads interest adjoining the music 2017 are strange: indie rock is back in full force, young rappers seem hell-bent on reclaiming nü-metal, and our legends keep leaving us. Like Outkast said, “Nothing is for …

SZA’s Ctrl and 4 Other Albums to Listen to Now

SZA. Photo: Scott Dudelson/Wire Every week, Vulture gathers new albums you can listen to right now. We don’t have a problem admitting it: Keeping track everything that’s released can be overwhelming, but finding out about interesting music doesn’t have to be work. Read our picks below, and share your thoughts …

Rock Isn’t Dead, It Just Moved to Canada

Photo-Illustration: Art Handler/Karl Walter/Getty s/Dennis Kleiman/Tim Mosenfelder/Getty s Where else can you go, if not New York? As the early-aughts New York revival faded to static, the center gravity in indie rock reverted to its default provincial location: somewhere in the countryside, but not too far away. Suburbs and campuses …

New Pornographers Plot Canadian Fall Tour

Fresh f the release their new album Whiteout Conditions, the New Pornographers are set to revisit their Western Canadian roots on an upcoming fall tour. The long-running indie rockers will play at Orillia, ON’s Mariposa Folk Festival this summer and Montreal, before hitting the road for a string headlining shows across …