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Music In Memoriam

What We Lost When We Lost Daniel Johnston

The songwriter brought outsider sensibilities into his music, childlike weirdness into his art, and an earnestness that we desperately needed into the world at large.
Hilary Pollack

Bon Iver's 'i,i' Is Justin Vernon at His Most Alive

The ambitious fourth LP from the Wisconsin artist's band is the thrilling culmination of his career so far.
Josh Terry

'Stranger Things' Actor Joe Keery's New Song Is Even Better Than His Hair

Listen to the first single from the actor best known as Steve Harrington's new project, Djo.
Josh Terry
blind spots

Kevin Morby Listens to Jeff Buckley: ‘Like Watching LeBron Play Basketball’

The Kansas City songwriter tackles religion on his new album ‘Oh My God’ but has never heard ‘Grace,’ the 1994 classic that’s full of spiritual gravitas.
Josh Terry

Trey Gruber’s Devastating Songs Live On in a Great Posthumous Compilation

The late Chicago songwriter’s recordings will debut on the expansive double LP ‘Herculean House of Cards.’
Josh Terry
blind spots

David Bazan Listens to Joni Mitchell's 'Blue': 'Oh My God'

The Pedro the Lion frontman finally confronts one of the most emotionally resonant albums ever for the first time.
Josh Terry
music premieres

Spencer Radcliffe and Everyone Else Chuckle at the Void on Their New Album

'Hot Spring,' the pastoral and gorgeous new LP from the Chicago songwriter and his band, explores the absurdity of mundane life.
Josh Terry

Christelle Bofale's Watery Rock Songs Are What Forever Sounds Like

The Austin-based songwriter draws on the Congolese music she heard growing up to make boundless, flowing songs on ‘Swim Team.’
Colin Joyce

Chicago's Dehd Made an Optimistic Album Out of a Messy Breakup

We're streaming Dehd's electric debut, 'Water,' ahead of its release.
Josh Terry
First Dates

A Pensive Trip to the Museum with Big Thief's Adrianne Lenker

As the Brooklyn band release their third album 'U.F.O.F.', I took Lenker to a slightly creepy childhood museum to talk tours, John Prine, and the intangible.
Lauren O'Neill

Emily Reo's New Single "Balloon" Is Her Most Vibrant Pop Song Yet

Her new LP 'Only You Can See It' is the result of a decade making these wonderful, sleepwalking pop songs; it's colorful, buoyant, and unpredictable.
Colin Joyce

Forth Wanderers' Ava Trilling on Touring with Panic Disorder

"Every time I would tell people about the tour I was told how great an opportunity it was. This was encouraging, but I couldn’t help but feel guilty—this great opportunity only brought me dread."
Ava Trilling