Barry Walters

Red Head Redemption: The New Pornographers Knock Out Power-Pop on ‘Brill Bruisers’

Not since the legendary I Love Lucys has a band repped for red hair harder than the New Pornographers. Rather than playing the…
By: Barry Walters / August 27, 2014

Bear in Heaven Get Astral on Space Jam ‘Time Is Over One Day Old’

Combining chillwave, psychedelia, Krautrock, shoegaze, synthpop, and a few other amorphous genres, Bear in Heaven nevertheless boast a highly particular vibe—the yearning of lonely…
By: Barry Walters / August 6, 2014

Spoon Destroy Their Sound to Save It on Triumphant ‘They Want My Soul’

A generally unconventional act, Spoon nevertheless made a name for themselves the old-fashioned way: In an era when most rock bands peak prematurely both…
By: Barry Walters / August 4, 2014

Elly Jackson (Re)Discovers Her Voice on La Roux’s ’80s Romp ‘Trouble in Paradise’

Not a month after releasing her 2009 debut, Elly Jackson was struggling to live up to the steely image she created as the androgynous leader…
By: Barry Walters / July 21, 2014

Moz Gives Old Age the Finger on ‘World Peace Is None of Your Business’

Thirty-plus years in the music business haven't changed what makes Morrissey tick: He still relishes railing against social injustice, and still quite audibly enjoy…
By: Barry Walters / July 16, 2014

Brian Eno and Underworld’s Karl Hyde Pursue Oblique Strategies on ‘High Life’ and ‘Someday World’

When Brian Eno and Underworld frontman Karl Hyde got together to record Someday World, released in May, they intended to create in the…
By: Barry Walters / July 1, 2014

How To Dress Well Opens a Vein, Bleeds Turbulent R&B on ‘”What Is this Heart?'”

Having grown up loving both the introspective side of ‘90s R&B and the emo side of pop-punk, Tom Krell, aka How to Dress Well,…
By: Barry Walters / June 25, 2014

Sister Act First Aid Kit Are Resplendently Winsome on 14-Karat ‘Stay Gold’

"I won't take the easy road," cry Johanna and Klara Söderberg of First Aid Kit in the chorus of "Silver Lining," their third album…
By: Barry Walters / June 10, 2014

Röyksopp & Robyn Revel in Dance-Pop Excess on ‘Do It Again’

Röyksopp and Robyn do it again because they aced the first go-round: Back in 2009, the Tromsø synth twosome and the Stockholm star…
By: Barry Walters / May 29, 2014

Hercules and Love Affair’s Erudite Dance Jams Sparkle on ‘The Feast of the Broken Heart’

Hercules and Love Affair are structurally no different than many club acts: A producer calls the shots, and adjunct singer/co-songwriter/beat-makers add ever-changing fresh flavors.
By: Barry Walters / May 28, 2014

Morrissey Seems at Peace, Generates Drama in San Jose Tour Opener

Morrissey may have willfully resisted maturity for over 30 years, but he nevertheless came across flatteringly dignified on Wednesday's opening San Jose stop on hi…
By: Barry Walters / May 8, 2014

tUnE-yArDs Transform Turbulence into Transcendence on Exultant ‘Nikki Nack’

Success brought crisis to tUnE-yArDs' Merrill Garbus. Following up 2011's Whokill filled her with fear – not a great state for a performer beloved for…
By: Barry Walters / May 2, 2014