Reviews

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

Nicki Minaj, ‘Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded’ (Cash Money)

"This is for the hood / This is for the kids," offers Nicki Minaj on "Champion," one of her second album's half-dozen tracks of ra…
By: Jessica Hopper / March 29, 2012

Mirel Wagner, ‘Mirel Wagner’ (Friendly Fire)

If released in 2004, you’d have cared less about Devendra’s beard, more for these ghastly, gorgeous gems.
By: Grayson Currin / March 29, 2012

Cannibal Corpse, ‘Torture’ (Metal Blade)

Proverbial showers not growers, the death vets continue winning/killing streak of their last three records.
By: Kory Grow / March 29, 2012

Quakers, ‘Quakers’ (Stones Throw)

Geoff Barrow-helmed project is Portishead-meets-Dilla-meets-Madlib-meets-Alchemist... plus a lot of indie rappers.
By: Mosi Reeves / March 29, 2012

Poor Moon, ‘Illusion’ (Sub Pop)

Fleet Foxes side project is even sleepier than the band that spawned it: trickling guitars, drowsy harmonies.
By: J. Edward Keyes / March 29, 2012

Oberhofer, ‘Time Capsules II’ (Glassnote Records)

Is naïveté part of this young'un’s aesthetic? Is his beachy, simple pop just green? Time to ripen.
By: Josh Modell / March 29, 2012

The Toure-Raichel Collective, ‘The Tel Aviv Session’ (Cumbancha)

Malian guitarist, Israeli pianist turn casual two-chord jams into LP's worth of mellow.
By: Richard Gehr / March 29, 2012

Lee Ranaldo, ‘Between the Times & the Tides’ (Matador)

Long before Craig Finn catalogued girls who left with "the eyepatch guy" or Dan Bejar chased cocaine through the backrooms of the world, Sonic Youth…
By: Dan Weiss / March 29, 2012
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