Björk: Vulnicura

Fans were surprised with a two-month early official release of Björk’s new album Vulnicura (her first since 2011’s Biophilia) after it was leaked online. The experimental Icelandic artist describes her ninth studio album as a “complete heartbreak album that documents the “emotional chronology” of her own personal breakup from beginning to end: “the wound and a healing of a wound.” Björk has also announced a …

Leave Earth Behind: “The Universe is a Small Hat”

César Alvarez brings his fully participatory electronic musical to NYC's Babycastles to examine the eternal problem of designing an ideal society

It’s not extraordinarily uncommon to dream of packing your belongings, jumping on a spaceship and leaving Earth far, far behind. Motives may differ, from a hope to escape a planet polluted by unpleasantries, to an insatiable desire for adventure, but they all have one thing in common: whatever this planet has is just not enough. So what if the option were actually available? What if, …

Melvins: Brass Cupcake

New energy found among household names like Melvins, Aphex Twin, Thom Yorke and more in the music we tweeted this week

Influential American heavy metal band Melvins haven’t slowed down since forming in 1983, but perhaps their genre is less loved than in decades past. For their 20th studio album, Hold It In, the band is injecting some new blood into the mix by tapping Butthole Surfers bassist Jeff Pinkus and guitarist Paul Leary. The Quietus offers up two tracks from the album, and while “Sesame …