Reviews

SPIRIT OF THE BEEHIVE ENTERTAINMENT, DEATH

Getting lost in the Philadelphia trio's intersecting ideas is essential to the experience of their fourth album—and once you dive deeper into the hallucinatory lyrical content, you begin to get a better sense of their singular vision.

Juan Edgardo Rodríguez reviews...

Chad VanGaalen World’s Most Stressed Out Gardener

On his 8th album, the Calgary-based singer-songwriter plays to, and about, the cosmic through synthscapes and extraterrestrial effects. The result is a palpable push and pull that feels particularly of the moment, when a year-long pandemic’s end is in sight yet there’s still plenty to lose sleep over.

Carlo Thomas reviews...

Dry Cleaning New Long Leg

Led by singer Florence Shaw's droll, yet captivating monologues, the London post-punk quartet's push and pull between instruments and vocals gives their debut album its seductive tension. [Believe the Hype]

Gabbie Nirenburg reviews...

Floatie Voyage Out

Voyage Out—the Chicago quartet’s debut—feels like a warm, 29-minute shot of hazy indie pop by way of math rock, equally comforting and a little claustrophobic. 

Ethan Gordon reviews...

Features

Quick Takes (February 2021)

We're back with our first Quick Takes of 2020! Juan Edgardo Rodríguez, alongside writers Mark Moody, Peter Quinton, and Simon Sweeney, once again revisit a handful of albums that caught their attention during the past month. This month's selections include Cassandra Jenkins, Maxïmo Park, Black Country, New Road, and more. 

Cassandra Jenkins leads this month's picks...

The Best Albums of 2020

So this is it! It's time to reveal our top albums of the year. A longstanding tradition since 2002, our full list consists of 50 albums selected by the entire No Ripcord staff.

Click here to find out which artist made it to number 1...

Features

A Primer to the films in Competition at the 72nd Festival de Cannes

Nineteen films will compete for the 2019 Palme d'Or, decided this year by Alejandro Iñárritu and his jury. Enjoy Kirk Sever's preview to the 72nd Cannes Film Festival, and watch recommendations of other films by the directors in competition.

Read our definitive guide...

Reviews

Parasite ( Bong Joon-ho)

Once again reflecting on social classes and bending genre to his will, Bong Joon-ho lives up to the hype of his Palme d'Or winning tragicomedy, Parasite.

Kirk Sever reviews...