Music Recommendations

This Playlist Hurts: The 10 Best Laura Stevenson Songs

Music admin September 15, 2020

Over more than 2 decades, Laura Stevenson has perfected landing just the right note in her songwriting, nailing a point so visceral and deeply felt that it makes you feel weak at the knees. With the approaching reissue of one of those landmark albums, now seems like the perfect time to take a look back at some of Stevenson's best tracks.

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Chasing Sundays: September 2020

Music The Editor September 15, 2020

In the latest edition of his periodic shoegaze column, Eli Enis interrogates Hum's inclusion in the shoegaze canon and then highlights releases by No Joy, Narrow Head, Luster, and many others.

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The Alt’s Bookshelf: Vol. 5

Music admin September 1, 2020

The Alt’s Bookshelf is a series where our staff highlights some of their favorite books and zines related to music. For our fifth volume, Jordan shares new reads including Cult Musicians by Robert Dimery, Total F*cking Godhead: The Biography of Chris Cornell by Corbin Reiff, and Glitter Up the Dark How Pop Music Broke the Binary by Sasha Geffen.

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With My Friends International Vol. 2

Music The Editor August 28, 2020

Keegan Bradford's monthly round-up of the best new punk, hardcore, and metal from Asia is back with a top-tier split from Taiwanese grindcore icons, environmentalist crustpunk from Tokyo, Indonesian progressive power metal, and beatdown from way out in northwest China.

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The Alts Bookshelf: Vol. 4

Music admin August 27, 2020

The Alt’s Bookshelf is a series where our staff highlights some of their favorite books and zines related to music. For our third volume, Bineet shares new reads including Your Song Changed My Life by Bob Boilen, PUP the zine, volume 4: Quaranzine, and Convergent Lines by Jackson Watkins.

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Friendship International Vol. 8

Music The Editor August 21, 2020

Our monthly roundup of the best new Asian alternative music is is back with another one, featuring Hiperson's experimental indie opus, iamrain's post rock-inspired emo, and a goth punk concept album about the tragic life and death of a Catholic priest.

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Transatlantic Trawler: Volume 2

Music The Editor August 19, 2020

Transatlantic Trawler is a monthly column where Conor Mackie writes about five bands from mainland Europe that he cannot get enough of. This month includes noodly emo from Spain, chaotic math rock from Germany, and more.

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The Alt Weekly Roundup (8/10)

Music The Editor August 10, 2020

A highlight from a Blink-182 covers comp, the glimmering return of bedbug, and the great new Tough Age record were among our staff's favorites from last week. Check out all eight new releases that we deem 'must-hear':

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Transatlantic Trawler: Volume 1

Music admin July 15, 2020

There is so much great music in the world! After the success of Keegan's monthly Friendship International column that highlights the best new Asian rock, Conor has started his own version to discuss his favorite bands from continental Europe. Take a listen and find some gems.

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Friendship International Vol. 7

Music The Editor July 2, 2020

Welcome back to Friendship International, our deep dive into the best new DIY, underground, and independent music from Asia. We've returned with a new schedule and whole new hardcore-specific edition. Get into it.

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The 75 Best Releases of 2020 So Far

Featured admin June 16, 2020

2020 has not been a good year. There have been so many dark things going on that its hard to discuss music at all. But in art there's hope for change, or at the very least the pleasant distraction needed to relax and recharge to continue the fight tomorrow. With that in mind, we have listed our favorite releases of the year so far.

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