Torres What an Enormous Room

Torres enthusiastically embraces life despite its challenges, finding joy in her relationships and creativity on this rhythmic record.

Joe Marvilli explores this enormous room…

Ducks Ltd. Harm's Way

On their brisk, 28 minute second LP, the Canadian duo offers tight, carefully-considered jangle pop with not a minute wasted.

Juan Edgardo Rodríguez reviews...

The Umbrellas Fairweather Friend

The Bay Area indie-pop quartet takes a giant leap forward on this sensational second album.

David Coleman reviews…

The Smile Wall of Eyes

 The celebrated Radiohead offshoot adopts a looser, more cinematic expression on their follow-up to 2022's A Light for Attracting Attention.

Juan Edgardo Rodríguez reviews...


The 50 Best Albums of 2023

It's time to reveal our top albums of the year. A time-honored tradition since 2002, our full list consists of 50 albums selected by the entire No Ripcord staff.

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Quarantine the Past: The Best of 2023

Our sister podcast, Quarantine the Past, is back after a break to discuss the best music of the year. Features disagreements, full scale fights, drama, and lots of excellent 2023 music. 

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Latest Believe the Hype Pick

Ducks Ltd. Harm's Way

McGreevy and his songwriter partner, Evan David Lewis, tackle similar subject matter on their debut full-length, Modern Fiction. But instead of just focusing on themselves, they also write about those close to them, evoking a sense of melancholy that permeates even deeper. Clocking in at a brisk 28 minutes, Harm's Way unfolds with not a minute wasted, packing in a generous amount of hooks that plays to the duo's strengths.

Quick Takes

Friko Where we’ve been, Where we go from here

The Chiago duo writes nervy, life-affirming indie rock with a baroque bent that begs for a grand stage.

J Mascis What Do We Do Now

The revered guitar shredder's first solo album in six years ushers in a few new surprises.