Reviews

Review: Childish Gambino Is Actually Good Now

With this year's debut of Atlanta, the delicately-crafted and critically-acclaimed FX series about black life in miniature is what brought Donald Glover to light as an auteur,…
Brian Josephs / December 5, 2016

Review: The Weeknd’s Starboy Offers the Same Old Lechery Between Great Pop Singles

The Weeknd’s new album extends to you a simple deal. You can, with ease, accept two handfuls of the finest pop songs that the great, whirring…
Jordan Sargent / November 29, 2016

Review: Metallica’s Hardwired… To Self-Destruct Definitely Should Not Be a Double Album

A year after the release of 2008’s Death Magnetic, Metallica were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The two things weren’t necessarily…
Brandon Stosuy / November 23, 2016

Review: PC Music Struggles With Identity and Grows Up on New Comp

The strangest thing about the PC Music dance collective is how little dancing is actually done when it's played in the club. This was most apparent…
Rich Juzwiak / November 21, 2016

Review: A Tribe Called Quest’s Vital Final Album Reminds Us the Journey Continues

In the ‘80s, jazz finally went legitimate. Once considered a lesser means of expression due to America’s adulation of Eurocentric culture, the African-American tradition became…
Brian Josephs / November 14, 2016

Review: Body/Head Draw Narrative From Noise on Impressive Live Album No Waves

No Waves, the title of the second album by Body/Head, presents a double entendre. One meaning is referential: no wave, a nod to the 1970s…
Andy Cush / November 11, 2016

Review: Lambchop Wring Pathos and Humor Out of the Machine on FLOTUS

If you’ve puzzled over 22, A Million one too many times (or sat through Justin Vernon’s explanatory, 90-minute press conference), you…
Winston Cook-Wilson / November 3, 2016

Review: Cakes da Killa’s Hedonism Brings Lust and Rage to the Dance Floor

In a maddening 2014 Hot 97 interview with Cakes Da Killa, rap's knucklehead gatekeepers Ebro and Peter Rosenberg told the New Jersey MC…
Brandon Soderberg / October 25, 2016

Lady Gaga’s Newest Character Is a Dive Bar Queen Named Joanne

Like a meat dress destined to become jerky (lest it spoil), it has long been clear that a shift in form was inevitable for Lady…
Rich Juzwiak / October 21, 2016

Review: Green Day Try to Kill Pop-Punk on Revolution Radio

On December 31, 2015, Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong sent out a rare tweet. He wrote, "my mission for 2016? to destroy…
Maria Sherman / October 10, 2016

Review: Joyce Manor’s Vital Pop-Punk Enters Adulthood on Cody

Frontman Barry Johnson is not tired of talking about the most distinct line on Joyce Manor’s addictive new album, Cody, a record packed…
Ian Cohen / October 6, 2016

Review: Solange’s Exquisite A Seat at the Table Is a Portrait of Black Pain and Healing

Solange Knowles has released about as misunderstood (and excellent) records as she's released records at all. Her debut, Solo Star, has been criticized for being…
Katherine St. Asaph / October 6, 2016

Review: Danny Brown’s Atrocity Exhibition Is A Thrilling, Harrowing Ride

Danny Brown is a man in limbo who is struggling to find balance. In song he’s autobiographical, often flipping between zonked out and deadly serious,…
Sheldon Pearce / September 30, 2016

Review: Bon Iver Transcends Indie Icon Status on 22, A Million

Halfway through Obama’s first presidency, the mainstream tilted in such a way it seemed that indie music--that long-beloved genre of fops and sensitives--was actually and authentically…
Jeremy Gordon / September 29, 2016

Review: On Campaign, Ty Dolla $ign Isn’t Just a Stud

One assumes, given his fame and wealth, that Ty Dolla $ign is the sort of person he portrays himself to be in his songs, which…
Jordan Sargent / September 27, 2016
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