Mike Posner Abandons Pop, Releases ‘The Truth’

Photography by Meredith Truax Everything was going so well for Mike Posner. His infectious single, “Cooler Than Me,” was a multi-platinum hit, while his debut album 31 Minutes to Takeoff immediately entered the Billboard 200 Top 10 upon its release … Continued

Petite Meller is Franco-Pop’s Brightest Star

Finding connections between Jacques Lacan’s controversial philosophy, Wes Anderson’s pastel fantasias and Charlie Parker’s sax virtuosity is a complex undertaking. For French songstress Petite Meller, however, synthesizing high-brow influences with a pop aesthetic is second nature. Despite drawing from lofty … Continued

Australian Producer Null is Reviving Electronica

Photo by Mclean Stephenson Before it became an iTunes tag, “electronica” was a dirty word in the dance community. Much like EDM today, it meant everything and nothing, acting more as a marketing buzzword than a true genre descriptor. For … Continued

Lapalux on His Cinematic Sophomore Album, ‘Lustmore’

Throughout the history of cinema, progressive scores and soundtracks have acted as sites of technical and stylistic innovation. From John Carpenter’s ominous synthscapes to Cliff Martinez’s lush retromania, the music has often overshadowed the films—something that London producer Stuart Howard, … Continued

Shlohmo Doesn’t Want You to Emulate Him

Photo by Erika Miyagiwa Shlohmo has always trafficked in brooding palettes and sinister beatmaking, but his new album Dark Red takes this sound to a level that can only be described as “satanic.” Distilling the pain of bereavement into harsh, inhuman … Continued

Exposing Marfa Myths

It’s a three hour drive from the nearest airport, boasts a population of fewer than 2,000 people, and is best known for an art installation that isn’t even within the city limits, but for Mexican Summer, the Brooklyn-based record label … Continued

Hookworms on Anonymity, Parasites and their New Album

Like their parasitic namesake, once Hookworms get into your system they’re hard to extract. The English five-piece released their sophomore album The Hum last month, and their heady mix of psychedelic space-punk and Krautrock instrumentals hasn’t let go of our … Continued

Shlohmo Premiers New Track ‘Emerge From Smoke’

It has been a quiet year for Shlohmo. Apart from a collaborative EP with Jeremih way back in February and a standout production credit on Banks’ somewhat underwhelming debut, we haven’t heard much from the WeDidIt kingpin. Fortunately, it seems … Continued

Meet Weyes Blood, Not Your Typical Folk Singer

She started her career in the experimental post-rock collective Jackie-O Motherfucker, but these days, Natalie Mering is embracing a whole new kind of musical complexity. As Weyes Blood, she produces a heady mix of psychedelic arrangements and layered vocals that … Continued

CMJ: 5 Must-See Acts That Feature Rad Women

Last week, we were reminded that despite it being, y’know, 2014, the vast majority of CMJ Music Marathon’s lineup still seem to be bearded indie rock bros. It’s nice to know that the heteropatriarchy still has its fingers firmly embedded … Continued