Arts, Music

DIIV, Iggy Pop, and Primal Scream in Singles This Week

DIIV Is The Is Are, from Is The Is Are

3.5 stars

DIIV concluded 2015 with a handful of shows opening for early shoegaze pioneers Ride—drawing inquiry from Ride’s lead-singer, Andy Bell, as to the band’s pedal setup. DIIV was apparently worthy of inspection. So is DIIV’s single, “Is The Is Are,” coming off of its upcoming album of the same name. “Is The Is Are” is psychedelic rock at its finest.

Iggy Pop Gardenia, from Post Pop Depression

3.5 stars

When an artist becomes a generational fixture, it’s easy to relegate his best work to history. The best he can do is re-release alternative mixes in the growing market for nostalgia. By teaming up with Josh Homme and other contemporaries, Iggy Pop offers something a bit more inspired. Maybe another great album is possible.


Primal Scream Where the Light Gets In, from Chaosmosis

3 Stars

Fashion and art often meet in tight places, and it wouldn’t be unusual in the circumstance for an aging outfit to seek new talent. Primal Scream’s new single draws the power of synth-pop and the sort of whimsical coalescence that typifies duets. Sky Ferreira brings an edginess to the enterprise that justifies the transition to pure pop mechanics.


Featured Image By Loma Vista Recordings

February 3, 2016