billboard.comAlcest Ends 'Kodama' Touring Cycle By Playing First U.S. Prophecy FestFrench metal outlet Alcest is influential enough to lay claim to having started a subgenre of metal. And while it has toured the United States with increasing frequency during its 18 years as a band, it’s capping off the touring cycle for its most recent album, 2016’s Kodama, by playing the set in its entirety at Prophecy Fest, the first stateside festival for Alcest’s record label.
openculture.comKurt Cobain’s Isolated Vocal Track From ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit,’ 1991The album, and the Seattle-based grunge rock movement it emerged from, was like a booster shot of 70s punk attitude into heavy metal, sweeping away the hedonism and vanity of 80s bands like Quiet Riot and Mötley Crüe.107
newyorker.comThe New Yorker Recommends: “Celebrity Skin,” Courtney Love’s Twenty-Year-Old OpusBeneath the saccharine harmonies, there is a hint of darkness, placing the song in a lineage that proceeds from melancholy pop bards like the Beach Boys all the way to contemporary divas like Ariana Grande.
news.avclub.comFinally, an intro to Steely Dan that isn't coming from your dad after 2 beersSteely Dan is dad rock. That’s not meant to be disparaging. On the contrary, anyone with any musical knowhow will tell you that Steely Dan rules. But it’s also the exact kind of stuff you’d expect to hear blaring out of a beat-up old boombox while your old man works in the backyard. So, why do dads everywhere feel drawn to Steely Dan as if they were a comfortable pair of New Balance sneakers? The newest video essay from Polyphonic proposes that, while other bands of the era were driven by the individual personalities of their members, Steely Dan spent years meticulously crafting a unique aesthetic and sought out the best musicians available to bring that aesthetic to life.1