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Review: Drowse’s ‘Wane into It’ is a beautifully textured meditation on loss

Review: Drowse’s ‘Wane into It’ is a beautifully textured meditation on loss

The Portland artist and producer experiments with indie rock and ambient electronic on his excellent fourth album.
Nov 22, 2022

Drowse’s fourth album, “Wane into It,” ends a decade before it starts. On the closing track “Ten Year Hangover / Deconstructed Mystery,” Kyle Bates describes himself...

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Listen To This: Diane Keaton joins pop star Ashe in ‘Love Is Letting Go’

Read about this week’s most notable singles by Devin Townsend, Alvvays and more.
Sep 29, 2022

Academy Award-winning actress Diane Keaton has secretly always wanted to be a singer, and she does just that in Ashe’s latest single, the sweet acoustic ballad titled “Love...

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Listen To This: Alex G digs deep in his latest song, ‘Miracles’

Read about this week’s most notable singles by Suki Waterhouse, Nosaj Thing and more.
Sep 15, 2022

Picture this: it’s July 2022. You and your friends get selected for tickets to see Jimmy Fallon. You’re excited because the guests include the legendary Jane Fonda and your...

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Listen to This: Soccer Mommy’s latest release ‘Shotgun’ pushes her further into dream-pop

Read about this week’s most notable singles by Midwife, beabadoobee and more.
Mar 31, 2022

Welcome back to Listen to This! We were going to say that all of this week’s songs had a shoegaze-rock feel to them, but we just couldn’t stay away from FINNEAS’ latest single,...

As lovers celebrate their romantic holiday, Valentine’s Day can be the perfect time to enjoy a heartbreaking breakup album. (Staff Illustration by Aaliya Luthra)

This Valentine’s Day, listen to a breakup album

If you’re bitter about being alone on Valentine’s Day, check out the breakup albums we rounded up so you didn’t have to.
Feb 14, 2022

We’ve all been there — as Feb. 14 approaches, it seems impossible to escape anything red, pink or heart-shaped. If you’re single, you’ll be hard-pressed to find something...

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Listen to This: After teasing it on TikTok, Charlie Puth’s ‘Light Switch’ is finally here

Read about this week’s most notable singles from Father John Misty, Destroyer and more.
Jan 27, 2022

Welcome back to Listen to This! We’re back with the first edition of the spring semester. Spanning several genres, we’ve got nine great songs this week, which all came out...

Snail Mail’s sophomore album “Valentine” was released on Nov. 5. The album is a step forward that shows promise for Snail Mail’s future. (Staff Photo by Ryan Walker)

Review: ‘Valentine’ is a dynamic move forward for Snail Mail

On her sophomore album, the indie-rock artist explores love and heartbreak with a more expansive palette.
Nov 15, 2021

When Lindsay Jordan, who performs as Snail Mail, released “Lush” in 2018, she was met with rapturous critical acclaim. Jordan was only 18 at the time, but already felt industry...

Beatrice Laus, the Filipino-British singer-songwriter also known as beabadoobee, performed at Webster Hall on Nov. 4. During the set, she delivered a few of her hit songs, including 2020s Stay and 2017s Coffee. (Photo by Jack Solomon)

beabadoobee cranks the volume up at Webster Hall

The Filipino-British singer-songwriter delivered an excellent balance of indie-pop hooks and grungy noise.
Nov 10, 2021

When I arrived at Webster Hall to see beabadoobee, the stage name of Beatrice Laus, there was a line around the block to get in. This is a common occurrence for the artist. The...

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Listen to this: BENEE’s latest single dives into the struggles of anxiety

Read about the most notable singles this week by Conan Gray, Porcupine Tree and more.
Nov 4, 2021

This week, Gen Z stars BENEE and Conan Gray are back with new music. For you old souls, fret not, as we also review tracks by Porcupine Tree and John Mayer. The reviews speak for...

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Listen to this: ABBA’s latest release ‘Just A Notion’ teases their upcoming album

Read about this week’s most notable singles by Gracie Abrams, Mastodon and more.
Oct 28, 2021

ABBA is back with a new song ahead of their album release next week. If you somehow haven’t heard about the band’s return, we’re pleased to inform you that “Voyage” comes...

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Listen to this: 8 years since his last album, Stromae returns with new music

Read about the most notable singles this week by Snail Mail, Julia Michaels and more.
Oct 21, 2021

If you like danceable pop or brooding rock, this week you’re in for a treat. Snail Mail and Kito delight once again, Julia Michaels surprises and Stromae steps out of the shadows....

Joyce Manor takes center stage at Central Park’s SummerStage. The band had proven that their self-titled debut album hasn’t aged a day since its release a decade ago. (Image via Wikimedia Commons)

Joyce Manor brings high-energy angst to Central Park’s SummerStage

The Torrance, California, emo-punk band proves their self-titled debut remains timeless.
Oct 6, 2021

Joyce Manor is a staple of underground emo music, amassing a loyal fanbase through their consistently great albums and energetic concerts over the last decade. As we come out of...