After 15 years of translating his personal phantasmagorias through various ambitious musical styles, Sufjan Stevens does away with all of the pomp on Carrie & Lowell, a meditation on the grief surrounding his mother's death. By Ryan Dombal.
When DIIV first broke out four years ago, frontman Zachary Cole Smith was a champion of dreamy guitar rock. Written in the wake of a very public heroin bust, DIIV’s new album tells a cautionary tale. By Jeremy Gordon.