Zeus, ‘Busting Visions’ (Arts & Crafts)

Canadian prog-poppers giddily pull out all the retro-rock stops (cowbell, handclaps, harmonies, hooks galore).
By: Melissa Giannini / March 30, 2012

Andrew Bird, ‘Break It Yourself’ (Bella Union)

Genteel aesthete inches near the borders of his tastefully manicured comfort zone, but never past them.
By: Keith Harris / March 30, 2012

VCMG, ‘Ssss’ (Mute)

Half of O.G. Depeche Mode reunites for post-apocalyptic techno romp. Mutant synths wrestle stark, minimal bass, WWF style.
By: Puja Patel / March 30, 2012

Steve Lehman, ‘Dialect Fluorescent’ (Pi)

Bopping alto saxist leads tightrope trio through whip-smart originals, Coltrane, Willie Wonka.
By: Richard Gehr / March 30, 2012

Ministry, ‘Relapse’ (AFM)

Industry-as-usual — political samples, jackhammer drums, blurry thrash riffs, Uncle Al assailing the one percent.
By: Kory Grow / March 30, 2012

Iron Solomon, ‘Monster’ (Duck Down)

This is the new indie-rap normal: Orchestra strings, synths, a children’s choir, anxious dreams of pop glory.
By: Mosi Reeves / March 30, 2012

The Mars Volta, ‘Noctourniquet’ (Warner Bros.)

Omar Rodriguez-Lopez of the Mars Volta has spoken recently with atypical clarity about the reunion of his old band, At the Drive-In, which is set…
By: Mikael Wood / March 30, 2012

High on Fire, ‘De Vermis Mysteriis’ (E1)

Stoner-metal gods High on Fire's sixth album, De Vermis Mysteriis, is rife with red flags. It was hastily assembled, it’s got a lofty biblical-time-travel concept,…
By: Kory Grow / March 29, 2012

Miike Snow, ‘Happy to You’ (Downtown)

Whoever remarked that all music is soul music (James Brown? Florian from Kraftwerk?) would have been monumentally confused by Miike Snow, who it should be…
By: Josh Modell / March 29, 2012

Chromatics, ‘Kill for Love’ (Italians Do It Better)

In the winter of 2007, while being interviewed for a SPIN story on the disco revival, Johnny Jewel talked about how that genre — early-'80…
By: Andy Beta / March 29, 2012
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