reviews

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

Schooled on U2/Snow Patrol, lofty Brits emit a church-friendly vibe that confuses uplifting and grandiose.
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.
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.
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.
Christopher R. Weingarten / April 16, 2012

Wraiths, ‘Edinburgh/Glasgow’ (Land of Decay)

Bleak, impersonal 100-run cassette tape sinks deep into modern noise’s dead cells, blank stares, dull roars.
Christopher R. Weingarten / April 16, 2012

Sleepy Sun, ‘Spine Hits’ (The End)

Despite sumptuous production values, Bay Area psych-rock quintet devolve into puddle of hookless, grooveless goo.
David Bevan / April 16, 2012

Spiritualized, ‘Sweet Heart Sweet Light’ (Double Six)

"Spiritualized is used to treat the heart and soul," boasted the liner notes to the band's 1997 career peak Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating…
Scott Plagenhoef / April 15, 2012

Classic Hole Lineup Reunite for ‘Miss World’ In Brooklyn

Courtney Love ended a contentious-even-for-her week — in which she angrily accused Dave Grohl of creeping on her daughter Frances Bean Cobain — with a…
Mark Yarm / April 14, 2012

White Rabbits Play No-Nonsense Homecoming Gig

White Rabbits aren't much for banter. To call the band workmanlike would probably be an overstatement — conjuring an image of a bluesier, simpler band…
Nick Minichino / April 13, 2012

UV POP, ‘No Songs Tomorrow’ (Sacred Bones)

UK post-punk reissue is at one with the charred and chilly gloom-rock of its new Sacred Bones labelmates.
David Bevan / April 13, 2012
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