Aaaaand here’s the second half of my lengthy breakdown of Brook Lopez’s trade value for the Brooklyn Game. Would he work on Washington? Milwaukee? Orlando? Find out here.
Joe Jonas has a band! They’re called DNCE! Aaaaaaaand they’re not very good! I reviewed their self-titled debut record for Rolling Stone right here.
Spoiler: Their synthy-funk-pop has been done better already this year by The Griswolds on their album High Times For Low Lives. So maybe check that out instead.
… In which I talk to The Bronx’s throat Matt Caughthran and yell about how they’re the world’s greatest punk band. Also, Bronx 5 comes up, as does Mariachi El Bronx and what the line of demarcation is between the two bands.
Plus, I get to relive one of the most memorable, come-to-god musical moments i’ve ever seen, when The Bronx single-handedly alleviated two days of miserable and wet festival going with a set that literally put me on my knees (in mud) with my arms raised to the air.
I once saw The Naked & Famous play to a late afternoon festival crowd in 2013 that was made up almost entirely of 19-year-olds. I also reviewed their new album, Simple Forms, for Rolling Stone, here.
The evolution of Ben Lee is pretty interesting — from weirdo indie pop to conceptual spiritual noise to agreeable adult contemporary folk-pop — and his latest album takes a very high-minded bent. Just in case you didn’t pick that up from the title. Freedom, Love and the Recuperation of the Human Mind is out now and I reviewed it for Rolling Stone here.
In which I make jokes about: Daniel Chick, Charlie Pickering, Nova Scotian fishing fleets, Pauline Hanson, Adam Sandler, the Pigeon Detectives and many, many other things.
Also, it’s about bands you should make sure you still like. Because they’re good. Have a read here.
The Sword: a bunch of rad Austin longhairs.
Low Country: the companion record to last year’s High Country.
The cool part: It’s sludgy psyche-metal songs done acoustic gothic country. And it’s awesome. Read my review of Low Country right here.