Posts By Chris Randle

Drive-By Truckers: The Unraveling

On their dark and impressionistic new album, the long-running Southern rock band turns their political anxiety inward.

Octo Octa: Resonant Body

Maya Bouldry-Morrison’s album is a celebration of the qualities—intimacy, ambiguity, physicality, release—that lead to dancefloor catharsis.

R.E.M.: R.E.M. at the BBC

By bouncing among eras and albums, this enormous box set of sessions and broadcasts offers an elliptical, revisionist portrait of a band whose legacy is largely undecided.

Prince: Piano & a Microphone 1983

This blessed collection of unreleased demos, recorded by Prince to cassette in a single take, is enthralling. It plays like both omen and artifact of his hit-making power.

Bonjay: Lush Life

The Toronto duo follows up an eight-year-old debut EP with an album that gestures toward various eras of dancehall and traverses a range of emotion.

Sparks: Hippopotamus

On the first proper Sparks album in nearly a decade, the Mael brothers let existential anxiety into their bouncy music more overtly than usual.

Cracked Actor (Live Los Angeles ’74)

This live album is culled from a show late in David’s Bowie’s 1974 tour. It’s heavy on material from *Diamond Dogs* and *Aladdin Sane* and finds a drug-addled Bowie in a moment of transition.

Cracked Actor (Live Los Angeles ’74)

This live album is culled from a show late in David’s Bowie’s 1974 tour. It’s heavy on material from *Diamond Dogs* and *Aladdin Sane* and finds a drug-addled Bowie in a moment of transition.