From Beach House to Courtney Barnett, our 23 most-anticipated albums of May

In addition to highly anticipated releases from Courtney Barnett, Tee Grizzley, and The Body, May holds some of our early favorites for 2018: Jon Hopkins’ follow-up to 2013 breakthrough Immunity, DJ Koze’s extremely fun Knock Knock, Beach House’s enigmatic seventh record, and Parquet Courts’ most politically direct…

The best albums that didn’t make our best-albums list

As we said in our list of the Best Music Of 2017—as we say every year—winnowing all the thousands of albums that are released annually down to a mere 20, based on trying to find consensus among our reviewers’ widely differing tastes, is a difficult and, ultimately, meaningless task. Music is among the most subjective…

The best albums of 2017 so far

Even at just over six months old, 2017 has already given us more than enough good music to fill playlists from here until December—enough that it would be fine, really, if everyone just took a knee until next year. It’s also been an unusually busy year for comebacks: High-profile returns from the ’00s indie-rock class…

What are you listening to this week?

With Chicago experiencing its first burst of glorious warm weather, I’ve been doing what I’ve done the past three springs I’ve lived here: playing music from the local scene in Milwaukee. Maybe it’s because I spent my formative college years packed into Milwaukee dive bars, or maybe I just naturally gravitate to bands…