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Zola Jesus On Her Pop Dreams: “When You’re So Full of Passion, It Can Really Intimidate People”

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“I used to think humility was everything,” Nika Roza Danilova pleads atop a cryptic electronic beat on “Ego,” the high point of her fifth album, Taiga. Meeting the 25-year-old singer-songwriter, who’s better known as Zola Jesus, you’d never think she struggles with keeping her hubris in check. Her self-aware vision has surgical precision, and it extends to the way she discusses her art; no rambling allowed. But that doesn’t mean she’s not affable and relatable, which may surprise some who’ve taken to heart the “goth” label that’s often been tacked on to describe Danilova’s experimental pop.
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10 Albums You Need to Hear in October

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You could spend October geeking out over those massive Belle & Sebastian and Sleater-Kinney reissues, or you could check out some new jams. They’re not mutually exclusive activities — we actively encourage you to do both. But if you are in the market for new albums, there are a lot of great ones out this month. Weezer don’t fail miserably at getting back to their heyday. Flying Lotus blows our mind. Ex Hex make us want to throw a dance party and invite only too-cool punk kids. Kindness gives us another mix overflowing with warm …Read More

The 10 Albums You Need to Hear in August

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Summer is generally a pretty fallow period for albums/films/books/etc. (unless you like crushingly expensive blockbusters about murderous robots, in which case knock yourself out). This August is no exception, but happily, there are still enough decent records due out over the next four weeks to make it worth everyone’s while to sit down and thumb through the upcoming release schedules. We’ve done exactly that, so here’s our regular monthly lowdown on the ten albums you need to hear in the month to come, along with a roundup of everything else of note that’s due …Read More

The 10 Best New Songs We Heard This Week: Pixies, Janelle Monáe

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It’s Friday, which means that it’s time to look back at the best new music we’ve heard over the last few days. The biggest news this week is definitely the arrival of a new Pixies track, the band’s first in almost a decade, but there’s also plenty of good stuff beyond that — a rocking new Janelle Monáe song, Mark Lanegan covering John Cale, Calexico covering The Replacements, new tracks from David Lynch and Dirty Beaches, and a whole lot more. It’s all streaming for absolutely no money after the jump, so click through and get listening.
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