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“Zach Braff’s most vaunted position in pop culture circa 2014 isn’t as the actor who played the annoying guy on the TV show your college roommates watched all the time, or as a fervent Redditor who once assisted in helping someone propose to their girlfriend online, or as a distant blood relative to Mitt Romney. Arguably, he’s not even most known as the guy who directed Garden State—he’s the guy who put together the Garden State soundtrack, and so the question surrounding Wish I Was Here is a strange one that most films aren’t subject to: What does it sound like?”—Larry Fitzmaurice reviews the soundtrack to Zach Braff’s Garden State follow-up, Wish I Was Here.
“In response to the idea that punk subcultures are inherently a series of petty squabbles, United Nations have built The Next Four Years as an elaborate joke. The punchline, in the end, might be that poking punk hypocrisy in the eye feels as familiar and unsurprising as punk itself.”—Jayson Greene reviews The Next Four Years, the convulsive new album by conceptual hardcore band United Nations, led by former Thursday frontman Geoff Rickly.
“What made Death Grips’ story compelling was that it was without moral or direction. Never fully independent, the band could only define themselves in opposition to the parental presence of their label. Never fully obedient, they learned to make a spectacle of their own bad choices. As heroes go, they were bratty and misguided. I’m tempted here to write that maybe being bratty and misguided was the point, but in my most respectful and adulatory moments I would say that I’m not sure Death Grips had one.”—Mike Powell says goodbye to Death Grips.
“When an artist like Riff Raff comes along, listeners jump to the obvious conclusion: as a white artist, he must have agency. He must be faking it, perhaps mocking black expressionism. But what if he isn’t?”—David Drake reviews NEON iCON, the debut album from rap absurdist RiFF RAFF.