Reviews

Ty Segall’s ‘Manipulator’ Is the Album of the Year*

Is California rocker Ty Segall's new double-album Manipulator one of the records of the year? If this were 1974, it might be — on sonic…
By: Carl Wilson / September 5, 2014

Red Head Redemption: The New Pornographers Knock Out Power-Pop on ‘Brill Bruisers’

Not since the legendary I Love Lucys has a band repped for red hair harder than the New Pornographers. Rather than playing the pheomelanin freak…
By: Barry Walters / August 27, 2014

Hell? Yes! Midnight’s ‘No Mercy for Mayhem’ Is Majestically Satanic

Midnight is one of the best metal bands going, period. Whether you're a sucker for the classics, partial to dirty old punk rock, or hooked…
By: Kim Kelly / August 26, 2014

Trap Producer Rustie’s Brilliant ‘Green Language’ Is for the Birds

Since the 2010 release of his acclaimed Warp debut, Sunburst, where he solidified his frenetic, off-kilter blend of dubstep, funk and hip-hop, Glasgow producer Rustie—ofte…
By: Aaron Frank / August 25, 2014

Somebody That You Used to Know: It’s Kimbra’s Time to Shine on ‘The Golden Echo’

New Zealand-born songwriter Kimbra Johnson's success as a solo artist has stemmed from her stylistic diversity. While her 2011 debut Vows exhibited a dizzying repertoire…
By: Colin Joyce / August 19, 2014

Turn Up for What: Wiz Khalifa Shrugs His Way Through ‘Blacc Hollywood’

Let's start with the nadir of Wiz Khalifa's maddeningly "meh" Blacc Hollywood. It's called "Ass Drop" and it's a sub-Drake, quasi-Ty$, twerk-pop track that po…
By: Brandon Soderberg / August 18, 2014

Porter Robinson Invents Shoegaze-EDM on Dazzling ‘Worlds’

Could there possibly be such a thing as post-EDM? It appears so: The moneymaking genre's erstwhile rookie-of-the-year, Porter Robinson — the one-time Skrillex protégé, a…
By: Garrett Kamps / August 14, 2014

Sinead O’Connor Meets Senescence with Sass on ‘I’m Not Bossy, I’m the Boss’

Sinead O'Connor has made a career out of polarizing. That may sound like a given for an artist who's almost as known for her Papal-picture-ripping…
By: Rachel Devitt / August 13, 2014

Japan’s Kyary Pamyu Pamyu Bids for Stateside Pop Stardom on ‘Pika Pika Fantajin’

Pop is supposedly a universal language, although getting American audiences to believe that has been rough going—a few songs that dabble in Spanish have made…
By: Maura Johnston / August 12, 2014

Millennial Tension: FKA Twigs Arrives With the Menacing, Incandescent ‘LP1′

The FKA Twigs takeover began this time last year—August 1, specifically—when the "Water Me" video began trickling across the web. It featured a young woma…
By: Jonathan Zwickel / August 11, 2014
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