Music

The Brian Jonestown Massacre

The band releases a staggering amount of music, but based on this most recent release, the band’s prolificity is not a hindrance whatsoever.

Vince Staples live at Royal Oak Music Theatre

Lights on, there’s Vince. Let’s go, baby!

Columbia

There’s no better fit for the song — “Binz” breezes. It’s a lazy sprint, reveling in taking it slow.

RCA Records

Freddie Gibbs and Madlib's newest single “Bandana” suggests an iconic album.

Billy Joel

Billy Joel reaches for both the everyman charm of Bruce Springsteen and the campy virtuosity of Elton John ― however, he misses both marks, falling flat on his face in the middle.

Dijon

Sci Fi 1 elevates itself by addressing heartbreak with unpretentious and unannounced analogies that enables longing in a way that plain fact cannot.

Weezer

On Weezer (“Black Album”), the band hasn’t ditched its emotional core. The loneliness is still here, but those feelings are no longer tangible.

Def Jam Recordings

Rap or Go to the League is paradoxical, an unremarkable album filled with super high peaks.

Rubyworks Records

Hozier’s unique, seamless, heart-driven blend of folk, soul, rock and blues has left an indelible mark on the musical world, sparking many imitators but few who have risen to meet his level of talent and vision. A follow-up, naturally, was and has always been a tall order.

Lily & Madeleine

In a musical sense, the explorations and preoccupations of the album do indeed maneuver around the edges of a liminal softness.