Liz Phair announces massive Exile In Guyville reissue, U.S. tour

It’s been 25 years since Exile In Guyville titillated audiences with its raw, stripped-down take, part confessional and part satire, on singer-songwriter Liz Phair’s experiences with fuckboys in all their various forms. It says something about how far we haven’t come that songs like “Fuck And Run” (“whatever happened…

Yo La Tengo reads the room, calls new album There's A Riot Going On

Too bad Yo La Tengo already used I Am Not Afraid Of You And I Will Beat Your Ass for an album title back in 2006—the dog days of Bush’s second term that now qualify as better times—because its brashness is an appropriate reaction to the Trump regime. But so is There’s A Riot Going On, YLT’s new album named after…

Julien Baker doesn’t just want to make you cry

Julien Baker is unfailingly polite. After the release of her 2015 debut album Sprained Ankle, several profiles made mention of her manners, along with the fact that she addresses interviewers with “ma’am” or “sir .” And when I meet her at her Chicago hotel to discuss her new album Turn Out The Lights, while I don’t…

Mary Timony on reviving Helium, a band that’s finally ready to fit in

On May 19, Matador Records will reissue Helium’s two full-length albums, The Dirt Of Luck and The Magic City, alongside a new compilation of B-sides and demos titled Ends With And. This is more than just the now-standard repackaging of ’90s nostalgia, more than just a boon to fans who have seen these records languish,…

Julien Baker signs to Matador, releases “Funeral Pyre” from her upcoming 7-inch

Back in 2015, Julien Baker wasn’t much of a known quantity. She released her debut album, Sprained Ankle, quietly on the internet before 6131 Records picked it up and pushed it to a wider audience. That record would be named one of our favorites of 2015, and buzz continued to grow with her stunning Undercover…

How an indie rock band’s well-intentioned homage became a $50,000 mistake

“It was an expensive mistake,” sings Car Seat Headrest’s Will Toledo on “The Ballad Of The Costa Concordia,” the 12-minute opus that comes near the end of his 13th record under the Car Seat Headrest moniker. The same song has a verse lifted from Dido’s “White Flag,” whose “Thank You” was famously incorporated into…