reviews

Skyzoo & Illmind, ‘Live From the Tape Deck’ (Duck Down)

"This is '86 Rakim with a Flip camera on," rhymes Brooklyn-born MC Skyzoo, who tosses out complex arrangements of syllables like Frisbees, while avoiding corny…
Mosi Reeves / November 3, 2010

Prefab Sprout, ‘Let’s Change the World With Music’ (Tompkins Square)

In 1992, Prefab Sprout leader Paddy McAloon envisioned an album about God and his manifestation through music and love. He never got around to recording…
Barry Walters / November 3, 2010

The Octopus Project, ‘Hexadecagon’ (Peek-a-Boo)

A stereo mixdown of an ambitious live show involving 16 separate audio and visual feeds, the Octopus Project's all-instrumental fourth album subjects uplifting minimalist themes…
Richard Gehr / November 3, 2010

N*E*R*D, ‘Nothing’ (Star Trak/Interscope)

"I bet this song make no sense to you," Pharrell Williams sings on "God Bless Us All," and it's difficult to imagine him sounding any…
Mikael Wood / November 2, 2010

Bear Hands, ‘Burning Bush Supper Club’ (Cantora)

At its best, especially on standout track "Julien," the full-length debut from these playful Brooklyn rockers (and Wesleyan alumni) is exactly the sort of record…
Kenny Herzog / November 2, 2010

Broken Records, ‘Let Me Come Home’ (4AD)

This Scottish group's debut album threw some welcome Gaelic peat onto their roaring arcade fire. But Let Me Come Home goes widescreen with a vengeance,…
Joe Gross / November 2, 2010

Lyrics Born, ‘As U Were’ (Decon)

With each new release, former Solesides crew member Lyrics Born edges closer to becoming the West Coast Cee Lo, a onetime rap innovator now dedicated…
Mosi Reeves / November 2, 2010

Lil Boosie, ‘Incarcerated’ (Trill/Asylum)

Where T.I.'s Paper Trail, recorded during house arrest, was a paean to contrition, Lil Boosie's fourth studio album -- released as he faces murder and…
Ben Detrick / November 2, 2010

Lil B, ‘Rain in England’ (Weird Forest)

After hitting pop gold with 2006 novelty blip "Vans" as a member of the Pack, enigmatic Bay Area social networker Lil B has, by his…
Charles Aaron / November 2, 2010

Alain Johannes, ‘Spark’ (Rekords Rekords/Ipecac)

You've likely heard Alain Johannes before, whether he was playing guitar with Queens of the Stone Age or Them Crooked Vultures, writing for Adam Lambert,…
David Marchese / November 2, 2010

10 Best Moments from the MoogFest Celebration

Robert Moog would have been proud. The man DJ Spooky credits with paving the way for hip-hop loved to watch his inventions and creations --…
Mark Kemp / November 1, 2010

Phish Trick and Treat With Little Feat & Led Zeppelin

Halloween has become such a hallowed part of the Phish mythology that it took the band two nights to celebrate it this year. On Saturday…
Richard Gehr / November 1, 2010

10 Best Moments of Voodoo Music Experience

A music festival named the Voodoo Experience. Staged in New Orleans, the home of Mardi Gras. On Halloween weekend. Might folks costume? Oh, yes. Friday's…
Kevin Michael / November 1, 2010

Free Moral Agents, ‘Control This’ (Chocolate Industries)

Isaiah "Ikey" Owens earned his punk-prog cred playing keyboards and synths for the Mars Volta, but the Long Beach auteur noodles with a crisper sense…
Spencer Kornhaber / October 29, 2010

Eternal Summers, ‘Silver’ (Kanine)

This Virginia duo's debut could double as a hypercompressed essay on post-punk's shift into indie. The single-string guitar solos on "Running High" and "Disciplinarian" reveal…
Maura Johnston / October 29, 2010

Elizabeth & the Catapult, ‘The Other Side of Zero’ (Verve Forecast)

Don't expect any lighthearted "Dizzy Miss Lizzy" shenanigans here -- Brooklyn chamber-poppers Elizabeth & the Catapult lace their levity with foreboding and undercut their sweeping…
Stacey Anderson / October 29, 2010

Das Racist, ‘Sit Down, Man’ (Greedhead/Mad Decent)

When Das Racist debuted with 2008's "Combination Pizza Hut and Taco Bell," it was difficult to tell if the Brooklyn duo were just outsider scoundrels…
Ben Detrick / October 29, 2010

Cloud Nothings, ‘Turning On’ (Carpark)

Cynical ears might find Cloud Nothings too raw or half-baked, but hidden beneath their home-recorded cacophony is a melodic knack that approaches Guided by Voices…
Josh Modell / October 29, 2010

A Classic Education, ‘Hey There Stranger’ (Lefse)

"Classic" is right. The second EP by this unlikely and far-flung alliance between Canadian singer-songwriter Jonathan Clancy and five Italian backup players is the sharpest…
David Menconi / October 29, 2010

Cheap Time, ‘Fantastic Explanations (and Similar Situations)’ (In the Red)

Singer-guitarist Jeffrey Novak pulls off a neat stunt on the second Cheap Time album, bringing fresh life to the most timeworn garage-band conventions. Compared to…
Jon Young / October 29, 2010
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