reviews

Review: Toby Keith Speeds Through the Middle of the Road on ’35 mph Town’

Toby Keith is America’s embarrassing brother-in-law, forever spouting jingoistic rhetoric learned at the knee of America’s racist uncle and outlaw-turned-right wing shill, Hank Williams Jr.
Kim Kelly / October 13, 2015

Review: Paul Thomas Anderson and Jonny Greenwood Sink Into the Beautiful Background in ‘Junun’ Documentary

From the outside, Paul Thomas Anderson's new film Junun seems like much-deserved repayment of a favor owed to Jonny Greenwood. For the last eight years,…
Colin Joyce / October 13, 2015

Review: Deerhunter Destroy the World Just to Survive It on ‘Fading Frontier’

Near the outset of Deerhunter’s inspiring and surprisingly triumphant seventh album, Bradford Cox interjects with a "sh-sh-sh-sh, yeah." What he sings next would be worth…
Marc Hogan / October 12, 2015

Review: Majical Cloudz Are Here for You on ‘Are You Alone?’

Devon Welsh has no interest in small talk. The Montreal-based songwriter, the bug-eyed and baritone half of art-pop duo Majical Cloudz, only seeks out sincere,…
Kyle McGovern / October 12, 2015

Review: Nicole Dollanganger Decapitates America on ‘Natural Born Losers’

Other dark singer-songwriters carry around the suggestion of hidden skeletons, but Nicole Dollanganger's secreted away entire rotting corpses in her closet. Over nearly a half…
Colin Joyce / October 8, 2015

Review: Alex G Lifts the Smokescreen on ‘Beach Music’

Listen to enough of his music, and you start to realize that the only way Alex Giannascoli talks about himself is through his songs. The…
Sasha Geffen / October 7, 2015

Review: Wavves Wear Their Snot, Not Their Hearts, on Their Sleevves With ‘V’

"Have I lived too long?" sings Nathan Williams at the outset of V, wondering like so many guitar-abusing snots before him if the oncoming 3-0…
Dan Weiss / October 7, 2015

Review: Shopping Waste No Time Getting Wound Up on ‘Why Choose’

The beauty of the late-’70s and early-‘80s post-punk movement was how fluid and all-encompassing it was. At its basic level, the genre was a vibrant,…
Annie Zaleski / October 7, 2015

Review: Ex-Danity Kane Divas Become Pop Smart-Asses on Dumblonde’s Eponymous Debut

Danity Kane's too-simple songs were clearly designed more for mass consumption than artistic vision. But in spite of their success (two gold records, both of…
Thomas Inskeep / October 6, 2015

Review: Autre Ne Veut’s Gleefully Overwrought ‘Age of Transparency’

Think about the juxtaposition of two phrases regarding the previous Autre Ne Veut album in 2013: There’s Arthur Ashin’s nom de PBR&B which translates from…
Dan Weiss / October 6, 2015

Review: Protomartyr See Life Through to Its Lack of Conclusion on ‘The Agent Intellect’

Protomartyr are heavy, man. Not in the sense of being derived from lightning Slayer shredding or doomsday Sabbath churn — though with their scaling guitar…
Andrew Unterberger / October 6, 2015

Review: Spencer Radcliffe Marches to the Beat of His Own Drum Machine on ‘Looking In’

Bandcamp's dregs are lined with the labors of uncountable singer/songwriters who possess a stack of Death Cab records and a dream. Spencer Radcliffe has been…
Colin Joyce / October 5, 2015

Review: Kelela Cuts Open Her Soul 4 Us on Lustrous ‘Hallucinogen’ EP

"I like the view from on top," Kelela taunts on the ghostly trap-noir track "Gomenasai" off of the new Hallucinogen EP, her voice floating higher until it disappears like…
Harley Brown / October 5, 2015

SPIN Metal Report: Spectral Wound’s Black Metal Sleeper Hit, Lluvia’s Poetic Simplicity

The warmer months of 2015 were a metalhead’s dream, whether their chosen poison lies festering underground or comes plastered across billboards and magazine covers. The…
Kim Kelly / October 2, 2015

Review: Janet Jackson’s Making Sexier Music Than Ever on ‘Unbreakable’

Fan fiction: It’s 1985, and an apple-cheeked Janet Jackson perches on a chair across from her father. "You could be big as Madonna," he says.
Rebecca Haithcoat / October 2, 2015

Review: Kylesa Perfect Their Psychedelic Space-Metal on ‘Exhausting Fire’

My first exposure to Kylesa came secondhand. I kept seeing their blocky, rough-hewn logo plastered across Philly bike messengers’ sweaty chests, and became familiar with…
Kim Kelly / September 30, 2015

Review: Deafheaven Turn Black Metal All Different Colors on ‘New Bermuda’

Deafheaven have been the subject of many bold proclamations, to the point where merely having any opinion about them is draining. Here is one take…
Andy O'Connor / September 29, 2015

Review: Girl Band Abrade and Explode on First Full-Length ‘Holding Hands With Jamie’

After signing with Rough Trade, Dublin foursome Girl Band could have coasted complacently on their comparatively inoffensive 2012 debut, France 98, but instead, to their…
Adrien Begrand / September 28, 2015

Review: Childbirth Gleefully Skewer Men’s Wrongs on ‘Women’s Rights’

"Feminists don’t have a sense of humor," smirked pianist-polymath and lifelong activist Nellie McKay on her 2009 song "Mother of Pearl," a line that her…
Dan Weiss / September 28, 2015

Review: Disclosure Shoot For the Stars, Land in the Middle of the Road on ‘Caracal’

Disclosure's landmark 2013 debut, Settle, opened with a scorched-earth policy. On "When a Fire Starts to Burn," Guy and Howard Lawrence set a hammering, breakneck tempo for a…
Harley Brown / September 25, 2015
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