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…

From Loretta Lynn to Iggy Pop: Here’s what’s coming to record stores this March

Every Friday, dozens of new records are released into the wild. Some make big splashes, and others sink almost immediately. For most music consumers, it’s almost too much information, and save for those precious few who spend their hours glued to reviews sites and release calendars, it’s hard to know what’s coming out…

Neon noir meets outlaw country in Shooter Jennings’ tribute to Giorgio Moroder

Tribute albums are infinitely more interesting when the artists performing the songs take them in a new direction. The nature of tributes generally dictates that acolytes of the original artist will appear on a tribute album, and sometimes they remain too faithful. (See: Rancid performing The Clash’s “Cheat” on the…