‘Godspeed’ is a journey into new musical territory for Amherst rapper NliteN

Local rapper explores new sonic realms on new EP.

Even crowd-pandering can’t dull the brilliance of Actress’ ‘AZD’

New album from British techno mainstay strikes a nice balance between fun and art; just expect to skip a few tracks.

Kendrick Lamar comes clean with brilliant, frustrated ‘DAMN.’

Compton rapper cements his legacy with fierce, uncompromising fourth LP.

Mount Eerie confronts the pains of loss on ‘A Crow Looked at Me’

Following the loss of his wife Geneviève Castrée, Phil Elverum composes 11 stirring songs honoring her memory.

‘Mono No Aware’ is a tantalizing glimpse of the future of ambient music

Expansive compilation from Berlin-based Pan Records is a fearless, absorbing and confrontational collection of some of the most daring electronic music of our time.

Sorority Noise’s latest album is a testament to resilience in the face of loss and mental illness

Band’s third LP is a heartfelt ode to loved ones that took their lives due to mental illness, and is their most impressive work to date.

March’s five most exciting singles

From Kendrick Lamar to Julien Baker, these tracks are some of this year’s most exciting musical offerings.

Real Estate finds tranquility, but breaks little new ground on ‘In Mind’

Martin Courtney, now a father, leads the New Jersey indie rockers through an appropriately domesticated set of tunes.

A track-by-track breakdown of Drake’s new project

Drake delivers with his new playlist “More Life.”

Ryan Adams perfects his melancholy, widescreen take on 80s heartland rock on ‘Prisoner’

Though it hardly breaks any new ground, Adams’ 16th studio album finds him moving effortlessly from strength to strength.

Sun Kil Moon’s new record is overly long and tedious

‘Common As Light and Love Are Red Valleys of Blood’ doesn’t quite have enough humor to stay intriguing.

‘A Shadow in Time’ is one of William Basinski’s most powerful works

Ambient composer returns to the theme of loss, framing an intangible feeling through two remarkable pieces.

Ryan Adams’ ‘1989’ fails to impress

Adams attempts to improve on perfection, taking on Swift’s 2014 platinum reinvention, but ends up just leaving behind the energy that powered the original.

Yellowcard switches things up on “Lift a Sail”

The veteran pop-punk band changes gears on its ninth studio album, released Oct. 7.

Sonny Landreth performs intense, brief set at the Iron Horse

The guitar virtuoso brought energy and chops but failed to engage with the audience during Thursday’s Northampton performance.

Tinashe impresses on debut album, “Aquarius”

Singer of “2 On” looks to make herself a household name on guest-loaded first album.

Highly anticipated album released by “rap’s messiah”

Kendrick Lamar releases his highly anticipated first studio album “good kid, m.A.A.d city.”

Grizzly Bear releases much-anticipated new album

The latest album in the band’s lineup does more than satisfy.

Cohen advances his craft with “Old Ideas”

On his newest album, acclaimed singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen winds beautiful new tales through his heart wrenching lyrics.

“Danger Days” a dangerous, but rewarding Endeavor

Four years since their last CD release, My Chemical Romance returns with “Danger Days: The True Lives Of The Fabulous Killjoys,” a concept album that redefines the band and marks a milestone in their evolution.