Downtown Boys Cost of Living

Providence, Rhode Island-based dissenters Downtown Boys denounce the system with a defiant call to arms that confronts racial and political ideology with incendiary passion.

Juan Edgardo Rodríguez reviews...

Arcade Fire Everything Now

On their latest, Arcade Fire stumbles under its own weight. Their need to make a grand statement takes precedence over the music and it shows. There are still touches of brilliance to be found, though.

Joe Marvilli looks for signs of life...

Melvins A Walk with Love & Death

Utilizing the format as a means to package a studio album with a film score, the Melvins first double-LP, A Walk with Love & Death, fails to capitalize creatively on the potential for an expanded and cohesive release.  But it’s still worth a listen.      

Sean Caldwell reviews…

Golden Retriever Rotations

The Portland duo's fourth full-length is their most expansive to date. With the help of a chamber ensemble, they ponder the cyclical nature of life with deep and careful meditation.

Juan Edgardo Rodríguez reviews...


Quick Takes (June 2017)

In our ongoing Quick Takes feature, writers Juan Edgardo Rodríguez and Carl Purvis (and guest Joe Marvilli!) once again revisit a handful of albums that caught their attention during the past month. Featuring albums from Fleet Foxes, SZA, Ride, alt-J and more.

Fleet Foxes give you a warm welcome...

Doin' Quite Alright: A Conversation With Kane Strang

New Zealand singer-songwriter Kane Strang talks to No Ripcord about his first experience touring North America, how he landed his signing with Dead Oceans, and how he feels about personally opening up from lyrical standpoint.



South Korean Thrillers

South Korea's film industry is producing some of the most interesting, thrilling movies at the moment. Here's a beginner's guide to film from the country worth watching.

Angel Aguilar writes...


20th Century Women (Mike Mills)

Strengthened by a sophisticated autobiographical screenplay, the film's poignant and warmly amusing scenes capture an enriching spectrum of resilient personalities in 1979 Santa Barbara, CA.

Grant Phipps regards...