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Review: Titus Andronicus Make the Excessive Impressive on ‘The Most Lamentable Tragedy’

Rock operas are an inherently dicey proposition. Have the right themes, tools, and ability, and you could wind up with a masterpiece that people will…
By: Ryan Leas / July 30, 2015

Review: Migos Prove Their Staying Power on ‘Yung Rich Nation’

“Trap Funk,” one of the last songs on Migos’ long-awaited proper debut, Yung Rich Nation, is glorious. Horns dance, a big, boozy bassline booms like the…
By: Rebecca Haithcoat / July 29, 2015

Review: Alessandro Cortini Spirals Upward on Luminous ‘Risveglio’

Alessandro Cortini tends to surround himself with darkness. The Italian producer is most infamous as a torturer of modular synths and other bleak electronics for…
By: Colin Joyce / July 27, 2015

Review: Ducktails Stay Low-Key Groovy on ‘St. Catherine’

"Head banging in the mirror / Wish I could see so much clearer," Matt Mondanile sings over crisply mechanized percussion and sun-warmed six-strings on "Headbanging," the…
By: Harley Brown / July 24, 2015

Review: Wilco Do Without Trying on ‘Star Wars’

It’s now been over a decade since Wilco released A Ghost Is Born, the band’s highly anticipated follow up to its 2002 opus, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot.
By: Jonathan Bernstein / July 23, 2015

Review: The Lurid Pill-Popping and Flip-Flopping of Future’s ‘Dirty Sprite 2′

Nobody has ever gotten laid by announcing that they were going to wear shoes while f—king. The mental image of someone nude, except for their…
By: Drew Millard / July 22, 2015

Review: Ashley Monroe’s Songcraft Stays Sharp on ‘The Blade’

The singer and writer of the most exquisite sighs in modern country, Ashley Monroe doesn’t come off as a mope. Her high, fluting voice project…
By: Alfred Soto / July 20, 2015

Bon Iver Keeps It In the Family At Triumphant Eaux Claires Set

There were hints throughout the weekend that something special might happen during Bon Iver's inaugural Eaux Claires Music and Arts Festival on July 17 and…
By: Harley Brown / July 19, 2015

Review: The Chemical Brothers’ ‘Echoes’ Are a Little Too Familiar

In a recent interview with the Guardian, the Chemical Brothers’ Ed Simons noted that his work with partner Tom Rowlands has lasted “longer than quite…
By: Shawn Reynaldo / July 17, 2015

Review: Jason Isbell Sees a Darkness, Embraces Light on ‘Something More Than Free’

At some point after the storm, after days, weeks, or years of tumult and uncertainty, the clouds part. The sun shines. Everything feels right, however…
By: Colin Joyce / July 17, 2015
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