Reviews

Willis Earl Beal, ‘Acousmatic Sorcery’ (XL Recordings)

The Willis Earl Beal myth — a former soldier, briefly homeless, who now lives on the South Side of Chicago with his grandmother and staple…
By: Amanda Petrusich / April 17, 2012

Allo Darlin’, ‘Europe’ (Slumberland)

Don’t call it "twee pop": Aussie Elizabeth Morris’ gorgeous, big-hearted songs will lift the weariest soul.
By: Jon Young / April 17, 2012

Mean Jeans, ‘On Mars’ (Dirtnap)

Portland pop-punk heroes rip, party, toob, hang tuff, spit out a wealth of unshakeable, Ramones-stamped gems.
By: David Bevan / April 17, 2012

Ebo Taylor, ‘Appia Kwa Bridge’ (Strut)

Ghanaian groove god still has spring in his rhythmic step, but the voice-and-guitar ballad moves most.
By: David Marchese / April 17, 2012

TJ Kong & Modular K , ‘Dream Cargoes’ (Poker Flat)

A sleek ride modeled after Carl Craig's Landcruising: Deluxe detailing, but too much autopilot.
By: Philip Sherburne / April 17, 2012

Wayne Krantz, ‘Howie 61′ (Abstract Logix)

Usually dazzling outside jazz-funk guitarist takes fusion-y rock turn; results often on par with title pun.
By: Richard Gehr / April 17, 2012

Dry The River, ‘Shallow Bed’ (RCA/RED)

Schooled on U2/Snow Patrol, lofty Brits emit a church-friendly vibe that confuses uplifting and grandiose.
By: Jon Young / April 17, 2012

Dean Blunt & Inga Copeland, ‘Black is Beautiful’ (Hyperdub)

Shifty duo Hype Williams shows a sensitive side: flea-market beats and stoned new age.
By: Philip Sherburne / April 16, 2012

Yann Tiersen, ‘Skyline’ (Mute)

French film composer (Amelie) and friend to indie stars (Jeff Mangum, Tindersticks) unleashes his inner Mogwai.
By: Josh Modell / April 16, 2012

Bear in Heaven, ‘I Love You, It’s Cool’ (Hometapes/Dead Oceans)

Weird waves of Johnny Hates Jazz/When In Rome lost-in-the-supermarket pop, saved by brawny drums.
By: Christopher R. Weingarten / April 16, 2012
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