reviews

Review: Miley Cyrus Fakes Her Own Career Suicide on ‘Miley Cyrus and Her Dead Petz’

There’s one excellent song on Miley Cyrus’ lowest-selling album, Can’t Be Tamed, called “Robot,” about her desire to no longer be a tool of the…
Dan Weiss / September 4, 2015

Review: Dâm-Funk Strives to Fuse Past and Future Funk on ‘Invite the Light’

Five years ago, Los Angeles-based minor groove deity Dâm-Funk unleashed a two-hour mix on Mary Hobbs’ BBC Radio 1 show. Imperiously titled “The Future of Modern Funk,” its 19 track…
Harley Brown / September 4, 2015

SPIN Noise/Experimental Report: Methlab Explosion Loosen Bowels, Prurient Scares Your Mom

At the heart of experimental music is an aim toward the aspirational. High-minded tinkerers evoke future utopias for the world of organized sound, offering statement…
Raymond Cummings and Colin Joyce / September 3, 2015

Review: Public Image Ltd. Accidentally Make an Enjoyable Record With ‘What the World Needs Now…’

“Lucky you,” began John Lydon’s radio announcer-like intro to Public Image Ltd.’s 2012’s “reunion” album This Is PiL. “You are now entering a PiL zone!”…
Dan Weiss / September 2, 2015

Review: Grouper’s Liz Harris Peeks Through the Clouds on Helen’s Debut, ‘The Original Faces’

Over the course of her nearly decade-long career as Grouper, Liz Harris has become a master of all things overcast. Her ambient compositions and waterlogged…
Colin Joyce / August 31, 2015

Review: All Hail the King of P*ssy-Pop on the Weeknd’s ‘Beauty Behind the Madness’

“I’m the nigga with the hair / Singin’ ’bout / Poppin’ pills / F–kin’ bitches / Livin’ life so trill.” So sings Abel Tesfaye, a.k.a.
Harley Brown / August 28, 2015

Review: Willis Earl Beal Prepares for the Big Sleep on ‘Noctunes’

Since the release of 2013’s Nobody Knows., his last LP for XL subsidiary Hot Charity, Willis Earl Beal’s been through some s–t. The vagabond songwriter publicly…
Colin Joyce / August 27, 2015

Review: Beach House Foster Openhearted Ambiguity on ‘Depression Cherry’

Virtually every interview that’s been published about Beach House since their inception in 2004 has this moment of intense awkwardness, when Victoria Legrand and Alex…
Colin Joyce / August 25, 2015

Review: Yo La Tengo Are Set Adrift on Memory Bliss for ‘Stuff Like That There’

Lord knows Yo La Tengo is one of the world’s best cover bands. Who else has the chops to turn the Beach Boys’ “Little Honda,”…
Dan Weiss / August 25, 2015

Review: Advance Base Offers Realism in Soft Light on ‘Nephew in the Wild’

Owen Ashworth writes car songs. It’s not that the tinny keyboard-driven compositions he’s made over the past decade-plus sounds particularly great slapping out of factory seda…
Colin Joyce / August 24, 2015
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