Will Hermes

Will Hermes appears in the following:

A Body, Transformed

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Laurie Anderson bears witness — videographic, sculptural, and musical — to Guantanamo's ongoing legacy in Habeas Corpus.


Music Review: 'Over And Even,' Joan Shelley

Monday, September 14, 2015

Music critic Will Hermes has been won over by the remarkably beautiful, pure voice of Joan Shelley. He reviews her new album, Over and Even.


Music Review: 'Poison Season,' Destroyer

Friday, September 04, 2015

With a name like Destroyer, you might expect a heavy metal band. Led by musician Dan Bejar, the band's latest album, Poison Season, has a lighter sound with interesting, uniquely delivered lyrics.


Grateful Dead Plays Final Shows With Record-Breaking Audiences

Monday, July 06, 2015

Music critic Will Hermes went to one of the Grateful Dead's last shows that broke all kinds of records.


Review: 'Platform,' Holly Herndon

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Music critic Will Hermes says the new album, Platform, from electronic musician Holly Herndon invites deep listening.


Review: Sufjan Stevens, 'Carrie & Lowell'

Thursday, April 02, 2015

NPR's music critic Will Hermes reviews the deeply personal new album by Sufjan Stevens titled Carrie & Lowell.


Review: Courtney Barnett, 'Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit'

Monday, March 30, 2015

NPR music critic Will Hermes reviews an album that contains the best storytelling he's heard in a long time. It's the debut album from Courtney Barnett.


Hear Long-Lost Rock 'N' Roll From The Native American Heartland

Thursday, January 01, 2015

Native North America, Vol. 1 sketches out an entire chapter of American music that, remarkably and shamefully, largely had been lost until now.


Charli XCX And The Year's Most Fabulous Pop Record

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The 22-year-old U.K. star infuses her gleaming songs with punk spirit on her second album, SUCKER. The result is one of the best pop albums of 2014.


Perfume Genius' 'Too Bright': Noisy, Provocative And A Little Angry

Monday, September 22, 2014

Music critic Will Hermes reviews the latest album from Perfume Genius, Too Bright.


Karen O's Intimate, Unpolished Solo Debut

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

The Yeah Yeah Yeahs frontwoman follows her Oscar-nominated contribution to the Her soundtrack with Crush Songs, a collection of stripped-down recordings that take their tone from the album's name.


First Listen: Sean Rowe, 'Madman'

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Madman shows Rowe mixing his folk and junk-shop rock styles together with new elements: soul, blues, gospel, R&B. The upshot, surprisingly, is his most coherent record yet.


Sylvan Esso: Finding Humanity Between The Synths

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

The duo's self-titled debut brims with slow tempos and spacious electronic arrangements, making plenty of room for the gorgeous vocals of folk veteran Amelia Meath.


Bill Clinton Says His Wife's Brain Is Just Fine, Thank You

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

The former president said Republican strategist Karl Rove's recent remarks about Hillary Clinton's health are "just the beginning" of the attacks that are headed her way.


Album Review: 'Natalie Merchant'

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Though she's been a popular singer since the '80s, Natalie Merchant has often worn the air of one who finds pop stardom distasteful. On her new self-titled LP, she dredges that tension to the fore.


First Listen: Hospitality, 'Trouble'

Sunday, January 19, 2014

If the New York band's first album evoked a cardigan, its follow-up is more of a leather jacket. But along with a greater toughness in Amber Papini's singing, there's also a wider tonal palette at work.


Arcade Fire Takes A Dancey Turn Down A Well-Trod Path

Friday, October 25, 2013

With a new record, the band Arcade Fire is trying to top their 2011 release, which won a Grammy for Album of the Year. Critic Will Hermes says that on Reflektor, they turn to dance mu...


The Weeknd Revels In Raw Emotion On 'Kiss Land'

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Producer and singer-songwriter Abel Tesfaye became an Internet phenomenon in 2010, when he began self-releasing free mixtapes of woozy, haunted R&B; songs. His proper major-label debu...


A Music Festival Grows In The Rainforest

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Staged spectacularly between a beach and a rainforest mountain peak in Malaysian Borneo, the festival grows its local music scene and tourism industry, while also raising consciousnes...


Three Takes on Brad Paisley's 'Accidental Racist'

Friday, April 12, 2013

Here at Soundcheck, we don’t jump on every trending Twitter bandwagon. Our fire truck doesn’t stop at every blogosphere inferno. But if you’ve been killing time on the Internet this week, you’ve probably heard about this …

Brad Paisley released "Accidental Racist" this week on his new album Wheelhouse -- and it's a song so provocative, for so many different reasons, that we just have to talk about it. With not just one person, but three. Joining us are: