Reviews

Earl Sweatshirt SICK!

SICK! is, ironically, and arguably, the avant-rap savant’s most accessible release to date. 

Jackson Glassey reviews...

Bonobo Fragments

On his 7th studio album, the Brighton-born, LA-based artist finds solace in these unprecedented times with more syncopated arrangements and primal downtempo rhythms.

Fran González reviews...

The Lumineers BRIGHTSIDE

After their tonally bleaker III, the Denver folk-pop duo's fourth LP brings back the outward optimism that makes their music sound comforting and catchy—even if it doesn't gloss over the darker aspects of life.

Ho! Hey! Juan Edgardo Rodríguez kicks off 2022 with a new review...

Courtney Barnett Things Take Time, Take Time

Courtney Barnett's third album doesn't reference the pandemic, but perfectly captures a year of upheaval—from the novelty of letter writing to the fear of starting again.

Matthew Smith reviews...

Features

The 50 Best Albums of 2021

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...

Monsterwatch cranks up the fuzz on Noise You Will Never Care About (First Listen)

Listen to the Seattle trio's blistering new EP a full day before its official release. 

Click here to listen to the EP in full...

Latest Believe the Hype Pick

Ovlov Buds

Despite getting out their humorous side in song titles and social media, Ovlov nonetheless funnel all their passion and expertise into their exhilarating sound.

Quick Takes

FKA twigs CAPRISONGS

A surprise release mixtape finds FKA twigs in a surprisingly playful mood, open to collaboration and keeping an eye on big-selling trends.