Reviews - Page 129

Damien Jurado, ‘Maraqopa’ (Secretly Canadian)

Sad-sack songwriter, 10 albums in, still finds ways to add color: this time via light psych and Roy Orbison.
Josh Modell / February 29, 2012

Otis Taylor, ‘Otis Taylor’s Contraband’ (Telarc)

Gruff trance-blues master inspires cold chills in hot tales of desire and racial angst.
Jon Young / February 29, 2012

Locrian & Mamiffer, ‘Bless Them That Curse You’ (Sige/Utech)

Chamber-doom collabo brings out sinister beauty, minimal smog-making, the best in both.
Christopher R. Weingarten / February 29, 2012

Nneka, ‘Soul Is Heavy’ (Decon)

Formidable Nigerian belts Fela/Marley-channeled agitprop and soulful love woes, sounds deceptively positive.
Julianne Escobedo Shepherd / February 29, 2012

Dirty Three, ‘Toward the Low Sun’ (Drag City)

Seeing Warren Ellis play live with Nick Cave's now-defunct garage-rock monstrosity Grinderman — at one gloriously manic point, Cave would throw Ellis to the ground…
Joe Gross / February 29, 2012

Wiley, ‘Evolve or Be Extinct’ (Big Dada)

A few years ago, Wiley tumbled headlong into the much-mythologized major-label grinder, and he's spent the past few years trying to piece the meat back…
Julianne Escobedo Shepherd / February 28, 2012

Cursive, ‘I Am Gemini’ (Saddle Creek)

More expertly angsty smart-rock from Conor’s spiritual elder. More metal and conceptual in all the right ways.
Josh Modell / February 28, 2012

DJ Sneak, ‘Fabric 62′ (Fabric)

Underground house lives in energetic blur of hi-hats and floor-thumping beats. Chicago kings "dropping the bass."
Puja Patel / February 28, 2012

XRay Eyeballs, ‘Splendor Squalor’ (Kanine)

Brooklyn garage-dwellers clean up, discover waves new and no. "Syrup" is "Waiting for the Man" screwed.
Steve Kandell / February 28, 2012

Bad Weather California, ‘Sunkissed’ (Family Tree)

Hippie-hustler vocals, scruffy afro-guitar, dubious good vibes fuel freaky-fresh SoCal econo rock.
Richard Gehr / February 28, 2012

Carolina Chocolate Drops, ‘Leaving Eden’ (Nonesuch)

Young-timey trio revive old-timey Afro-American jigs, blues, laments with spitless polish.
Richard Gehr / February 28, 2012

White Load, ‘Wayne’s World III b/w Godfather IV’ (Load)

Twenty-five spasms mixing gnash of the new punk, with cassette garble of the old lo-fi.
Christopher R. Weingarten / February 28, 2012

Bob Mould Plays Sugar’s Full ‘Copper Blue’ LP for First Time

Bob Mould Bottom of the Hill San Francisco, CA Friday, February 24, 2012…
Barry Walters / February 27, 2012

Burial, ‘Kindred EP’ (Hyperdub)

Enter the vortex. Menacing melodies enslaved by tense, frenetic dubstep propulsion on road to nowhere. Heartbreaking.
Puja Patel / February 27, 2012

Carlos Giffoni, ‘Evidence’ (Mexican Summer)

No Fun founder drops noise for piano themes and beats that steadily swirl into blessed oblivion.
Grayson Currin / February 27, 2012
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