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Tricky’s Skilled Mechanics Cast a Cold Eye on ‘Boy’

Believe it or not, Tricky's never been much of a minimalist. Yes, his soundscapes are hushed and rife with negative space, but boy are they…
Dan Weiss / January 13, 2016

Fetty Wap Is 2015’s Rookie of the Year

"I write most of my music now in the airplane." So says the dude grinning across from me on a July afternoon at…
Dan Weiss / November 30, 2015

Review: Maddie & Tae Tell the Bros to Shut Up and Fish on ‘Start Here’

Part protest, and part indulgence in what they're protesting, Maddie & Tae's summer 2014 debut provocation, "Girl in a Country Song," gently poked fun at…
Jonathan Bernstein / August 18, 2015

We Won a Tube of Preparation H at the Gathering of the Juggalos

I have never seen a Montana license plate until today. We’re in the parking "lot" of Legend Valley, a grassy farmland in Thornville, Ohio, a…
Dan Weiss / August 4, 2015

Against Me! Challenge Old Fans and Mint New Ones With ‘Transgender Dysphoria Blues’

No one knows what to expect from such a high-profile album by not just a transgender rock'n'roller, but an established (maybe even mainstream!) rock'n'roller transitioning…
Dan Weiss / January 17, 2014

The Dismemberment Plan Slouch Toward Maturity on ‘Uncanny Valley’

Despite the love songs, the tempered tempos, and the "You say 'cluster' / I say 'fuck'!" call-and-response joke, the Dismemberment Plan's first album in 12…
Dan Weiss / October 17, 2013

Against Me!’s Laura Jane Grace Opens Mini-Tour Rebirth With Philly Acoustic Show

On Saturday, Against Me! singer Laura Jane Grace kicked off a solo mini-tour with an hour-long acoustic jaunt at Philadelphia's MilkBoy. Though she yowled "Even…
Dan Weiss / August 12, 2013

The Five Best (and Five Worst) Lollapalooza Lineups Ever

Without Lollapalooza, it feels like we'd be missing an entire generation — a huge void between The Simpsons and the Gathering of the Juggalos. The…
Dan Weiss / July 31, 2013

Steve Gunn, ‘Time Off’ (Paradise of Bachelors)

Steve Gunn's guitar playing is undoubtedly original, though his languorous fingerpicking style brings up John Fahey comparisons, for sure, not to mention Nick Drake. Intricacy…
Dan Weiss / June 21, 2013

Alice in Chains, ‘The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here’ (Virgin)

We used to dread our favorite bands reuniting, which says a lot about either diminishing returns or our faith in the people we decide are…
Dan Weiss / June 6, 2013

Rilo Kiley, ‘Rkives’ (Little Record Company)

How many bands' outtakes could serve as a primer? Rkives is not the sorely nonexistent sixth Rilo Kiley album, unfortunately, but as a career-spanning loose-ends…
Dan Weiss / April 11, 2013

Toro y Moi, ‘Anything in Return’ (Carpark)

If, a couple years back, you expected the word "chillwave" to be long gone by 2013, well, some people in 1983 thought rap was a…
Dan Weiss / January 21, 2013

Wiz Khalifa, ‘O.N.I.F.C.’ (Rostrum/Atlantic)

Just because something embodies the laid-back vibes of "weed rap" doesn't mean it can't be meaty. Curren$y is loving and meditative as he maintains a…
Dan Weiss / December 10, 2012

Benjamin Gibbard, ‘Former Lives’ (Barsuk)

Doesn't the notion of a Ben Gibbard solo album seem quaint? Already, his best-known work is a side project, the Postal Service, which produced the…
Dan Weiss / October 15, 2012

Corin Tucker Band, ‘Kill My Blues’ (Kill Rock Stars)

"Don't you want to play with the big boys?" Corin Tucker teases on the wonderfully titled "Summer Jams." Translation: Get on her level. With PJ…
Dan Weiss / September 19, 2012

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