Leor Galil, Reader music critic, is obsessed with . . .
Plant Parenthood, self-titled EP (self-released) A twentysomething Tennessean with a lot of feelings records five screechy, lo-fi garage tunes—and the woman playing drums is the same one who's at the center of all his lyrics. The tension and pain of unrequited love spills into the songs, which more than makes up for the iffy quality of the recordings.
The Kill List film score Jim Williams's striking score for Kill List helps develop the violent British horror film's sinister aesthetic. Discordant bursts of strings crop up unexpectedly, like the make-you-jump sound effects so common in horror movies, but instead of going for cheap scares Williams's work feeds into the plot to create its unrelenting sense of dread. It's a pivotal part of a shocking film—one that, to echo the sentiments of the Reader's Ben Sachs, can be hard to shake.
UNDRCRWN's Derrick Rozay T-shirt Plenty of streetwear brands have put a hip-hop spin on athletic jerseys, but NYC company UNDRCRWN scored big with a shirt that pays homage to Miami rap kingpin Rick Ross and beloved Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose. It's such a genius idea that now I wish every Bulls logo were wearing Rozay's Aviator shades and beard.