Cowboys, queens, and marauders: The 31 most-anticipated albums of August

The last weeks of summer may be fast approaching, but at least they’ll have a stellar soundtrack. In addition to Nicki Minaj’s overdue Queen, August brings new releases from Interpol, Blood Orange, Mitski, YG, Steve Hauschildt, Animal Collective, Wild Nothing, and many more. These are the 31 new albums we’re most…

Neko Case is a force of nature on the masterful Hell-On

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In a statement accompanying the announcement of her new album Hell-On, Neko Case wrote, “I don’t have a pretty voice.” And sure, maybe “pretty,” a word that implies a certain demure delicacy, doesn’t quite apply. Case’s voice is sturdy. It stands solidly, on its own two legs. Even when she was just starting out, her…

The Afghan Whigs are back from the dead, not that Do To The Beast shows it

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During The Afghan Whigs’ initial run of great albums—its second, 1990’s Up In It, through its sixth, 1998’s 1965—the band moved through styles like a con man through a room full of marks. Two elements, though, were constant: Greg Dulli’s sensually raspy voice, and the inhumanly beautiful guitar interplay between Dulli…