The Beautiful Game: Shabazz Palaces’ Enthralling, Convoluted ‘Lese Majesty’

Navigating through Lese Majesty, the new record from Shabazz Palaces, is kind of like adventuring your way through the new-ish isometric puzzle game Monument Valley.
Anupa Mistry / July 30, 2014

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Preserve Their Legacy on ‘Hypnotic Eye’

Tom Petty would like you to know he’s been doing this shit forever and likely will after the seas consume coastal cities. “I’ve got a…
Alfred Soto / July 29, 2014

On Handjobs and Hopelessness: The Lovesick Zeal of Jenny Lewis’ ‘The Voyager’

“I’ve been wearin’ all black/ Since the day it started.” That’s how Jenny Lewis opens The Voyager, even though her third solo album features the…
Jason Gubbels / July 28, 2014

Death Metal Darklords Drowned Return With ‘Idola Specus’

The first few murky, ominous moments of “Die niederen Weihen” set the tone for the rest of this eight-song, 37-minute comeback-slash-debut full-length from German death…
Kim Kelly / July 25, 2014

White Fence Up Their Game on Ty Segall-Produced ‘For the Recently Found Innocent’

With the aid of producer Ty Segall, White Fence’s Tim Presley has delivered on the promise of his increasingly enthralling bedroom recordings with For The…
Aaron Frank / July 23, 2014

On ‘Freeman,’ the Former Gene Ween Recovers More than Just His Name

Recently in The Atlantic, Joshua Wolf Shenk countered the lone-genius myth with the example of cool Paul McCartney and wild John Lennon: competitive collaborators who…
Richard Gehr / July 22, 2014

Elly Jackson (Re)Discovers Her Voice on La Roux’s ’80s Romp ‘Trouble in Paradise’

Not a month after releasing her 2009 debut, Elly Jackson was struggling to live up to the steely image she created as the androgynous leader…
Barry Walters / July 21, 2014

PS I Love You Shred Mightily on ‘For Those Who Stay’

Being a guitar hero in 2014 seems only slightly less quaint than being a cheese maker, and at least people still actually pay for cheese.
Michael Tedder / July 18, 2014

Madlib Chops the Rock on Underwhelming ‘Rock Konducta Vol. 2′

Otis Jackson Jr. isn’t out of ideas, no way. The 40 year-old producer, record collector and dispenser of annual beat tapes operates like a subscriptio…
Dan Weiss / July 17, 2014

Marsha Ambrosius Flaunts Her Rap&B Bona Fides on ‘Friends & Lovers’

Ever since her days adding soulful gravitas to poet Natalie Stewart’s gravely raps as part of the early ’00s British neosoul duo Floetry, Marsha Ambrosiu…
Anupa Mistry / July 17, 2014

Moz Gives Old Age the Finger on ‘World Peace Is None of Your Business’

Thirty-plus years in the music business haven’t changed what makes Morrissey tick: He still relishes railing against social injustice, and still quite audibly enjoys the…
Barry Walters / July 16, 2014

Jack Antonoff Wants to Get Better on Bleachers’ Couch Trip, ‘Strange Desire’

If you are of a certain age — and, arguably, of a certain socio-economic demographic — it’s possible you have a friend like Jack Antonoff.
Michael Tedder / July 14, 2014

Emo Forefathers Braid Return Triumphantly with the Hook-Drenched ‘No Coast’

Braid frontman Bob Nanna wouldn't offend most emo haters. He's neither too earnest nor too oblique. He might savor the generational obscurity of a title…
Dan Weiss / July 10, 2014

Wolves in the Throne Room Deliver the Calm, Skip the Storm, on ‘Celestite’

Wolves in the Throne Room’s last full-length, 2011’s Celestial Lineage, was a marvel of black metal signifiers mixed with some seriously beautiful touches calmly flowing…
Robert Ham / July 8, 2014

Prolific Hitmaker Sia Reclaims the Spotlight on ‘1000 Forms of Fear’

The Australian singer-songwriter Sia Furler has had one of her works score the ending of a prestige TV show; she’s released five studio albums, a…
Maura Johnston / July 7, 2014

Frankie Rose Offshoot Beverly Work Out Shimmering Dream-Pop on ‘Careers’

Sometimes a song is so good it becomes a crazed obsession. Example: The nearly-perfect “All the Things,” from the debut outing by Brooklyn’s Beverly, a…
Jon Young / July 1, 2014

Brian Eno and Underworld’s Karl Hyde Pursue Oblique Strategies on ‘High Life’ and ‘Someday World’

When Brian Eno and Underworld frontman Karl Hyde got together to record Someday World, released in May, they intended to create in the experimental mode…
Barry Walters / July 1, 2014

Trey Songz Is Superbly Seductive on ‘Trigga,’ Equates Cake With [Redacted]

With his sixth album Trigga, Trey Songz returns, ribald and ready, to swat middling crooners out of his lane. Ty Dolla $ign, Future, Justin Bieber,…
Anupa Mistry / June 30, 2014

Yoshimi Battles the Gongbangers on OOIOO’s ‘Gamel’

The nomadic odyssey into parts unknown that Yoshimi — drummer colossus for iconic Japanoise experimental aliens Boredoms — has embarked on has been a face-ripping…
Brad Cohan / June 30, 2014

Craig Leon Reissues His Techno-Futurist Masterpiece, ‘Nommos / Visiting’

Originally released in 1980, Craig Leon’s Nommos bridged worlds in unlikely ways. Here we had an artist who had worked as a producer on some…
Philip Sherburne / June 25, 2014
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