December 2020

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Fleet Foxes' New Heart for a Tiring Season

Fleet Foxes' New Heart for a Tiring Season

November 23, 2020
Robin Pecknold wrote and produced the band’s fourth studio album, Shore, on his own, using the guitar like a composer to make textured, orchestral songs that uplift.
Bush’s <i>The Kingdom</i> Is Airtight & Anthemic

Bush’s The Kingdom Is Airtight & Anthemic

October 26, 2020
The grunge vets may not be in their prime—but they’re not frozen in time, either.
Rev. John Wilkins’ <i>Trouble</i> Is Spare and Strong-Boned Perfection

Rev. John Wilkins’ Trouble Is Spare and Strong-Boned Perfection

September 7, 2020
Memphis and the Mississippi Hills meet in gospel-blues heaven.
Album Spotlight: Thundercat’s Cosmic Tilt-A-Whirl

Album Spotlight: Thundercat’s Cosmic Tilt-A-Whirl

August 10, 2020
On It Is What It Is, the bassist examines the loss of his best friend, Mac Miller, through a deep-dive, jazz-fusion opus.
Album Spotlight: Yuval Ron’s <i>Somewhere in This Universe, Somebody Hits a Drum</i>

Album Spotlight: Yuval Ron’s Somewhere in This Universe, Somebody Hits a Drum

May 3, 2020
This astral prog playground is a wild ride through space and time … signatures. Marco Minnemann provides the backbeats.
Album Spotlight: Matt Wilson & His Orchestra’s <em>When I Was a Writer</em>

Album Spotlight: Matt Wilson & His Orchestra’s When I Was a Writer

March 29, 2020
The former Trip Shakespeare frontman sings about not being able to return, but he’s done just that with 12 new tunes.
36 Must-Hear Gary Lucas Tracks

36 Must-Hear Gary Lucas Tracks

March 2, 2020
The envelope-pushing former Captain Beefheart and Jeff Buckley collaborator chooses his finest performances on this kaleidoscopic 40-year retrospective.
…And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead's Latest LP Pummels and Soars

…And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead's Latest LP Pummels and Soars

February 4, 2020
Art-rockers Conrad Keely and Jason Reece make whopping orchestral waves on their 10th studio album, X: The Godless Void and Other Stories.
Bill Frisell’s Melancholic and Divine <i>Harmony</i>

Bill Frisell’s Melancholic and Divine Harmony

January 8, 2020
A gentle giant of guitar enlists Petra Haden and others to raise the standard for standards.
<i>PG</i> Editors’ Best Albums of the Year 2019

PG Editors’ Best Albums of the Year 2019

December 31, 2019
We round the year’s corner with our annual staff picks, notable mentions, and our most-anticipated releases of 2020.
Album Spotlight: Big Thief’s <i>Two Hands</i>

Album Spotlight: Big Thief’s Two Hands

December 2, 2019
The band went to the desert and made an expansive, “on the brink” recording.
Album Spotlight: Jack Barksdale’s <i>Live from Niles City</i>

Album Spotlight: Jack Barksdale’s Live from Niles City

November 14, 2019
A 12-year-old guitar talent writes and plays songs from the heart.
Album Spotlight: Lloyd Thayer’s ‘North Star’

Album Spotlight: Lloyd Thayer’s ‘North Star’

October 11, 2019
A graceful, crowning solo statement from a master of acoustic slide.
Album Spotlight: Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley, ‘World Full of Blues’

Album Spotlight: Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley, ‘World Full of Blues’

September 11, 2019
Ripping reso and ferocious flattop for those who like it raw and real.
Album Spotlight: The Allman Brothers Band: ‘Fillmore West ’71’

Album Spotlight: The Allman Brothers Band: ‘Fillmore West ’71’

August 20, 2019
A pre-Fillmore East set that captures the original band’s improvisational live high-wire act.
Album Spotlight: BONES UK

Album Spotlight: BONES UK

July 2, 2019
The London duo who wrote Loud Hailer with Jeff Beck releases a visceral debut LP with a singularity that shows how guitar can alchemize with EDM.
Album Spotlight: Black Midi’s 'Schlagenheim'

Album Spotlight: Black Midi’s 'Schlagenheim'

May 31, 2019
The debut album from London-based band layers piercing guitar intensity atop rhythmic finesse to achieve beautifully chaotic power.
Album Spotlight: Five Times Surprise

Album Spotlight: Five Times Surprise

May 6, 2019
Avant guitarists Henry Kaiser and Anthony Pirog have formed a stunning ensemble that delivers a tonal siesta with a bonus 40-minute improv surprise ending.
Album Spotlight: Joe Robinson’s 'Undertones'

Album Spotlight: Joe Robinson’s 'Undertones'

April 16, 2019
Shelve the John Mayer comparisons. This Australian virtuoso establishes his voice and makes the best album of his career.
Album Spotlight: The Writhing Squares’ 'Out of the Ether'

Album Spotlight: The Writhing Squares’ 'Out of the Ether'

March 4, 2019
A sugar-rush basement brew of choogle, slo-mo kraut, and garage cosmic jazz.