reviews

Dinosaur Feathers, ‘Whistle Tips’ (Ernest Jenning)

Fidgety, Brooklyn indie-rock adventurers add a drummer, get cleaner, tighter, crunchier.
David Bevan / April 11, 2012

Various Artists, ‘Eastbound & Down Soundtrack’ (Fat Possum)

Nice deep cuts from the Slits and MC5 scattered among stripper-pole jams and Kenny Powers dialogue.
David Marchese / April 11, 2012

Amadou & Mariam, ‘Folila’ (Nonesuch)

For all we know, there's a guitarist on every Bamako street corner who can outplay Amadou Bagayoko. Over the past decade, caravan-loads of superior shredders,…
Keith Harris / April 10, 2012

Bonnie Raitt, ‘Slipstream’ (Redwing)

One reggaefied AM gem (“Right Down the Line),” two bluesed-out ’90s Dylan cuts, and many, many great guitars.
Keith Harris / April 10, 2012

M. Ward, ‘A Wasteland Companion’ (Merge)

Tasteful, tuneful, highly whimsical Americana (Zooey drops by) wherein nothing much ever feels at stake.
David Marchese / April 10, 2012

Grand Duchy, ‘Let the People Speak’ (Sonic Unyon)

Some future-past-perfect pop jams (and some rocks) escape Frank Black and Violet’s surreal wormhole.
Melissa Giannini / April 10, 2012

Acephalix, ‘Deathless Master’ (Southern Lord)

Locomotive death metal played as tinny cassette-era slurry, swinging with crustpunker abandon.
Christopher R. Weingarten / April 10, 2012

Thieves Like Us, ‘Bleed Bleed Bleed’ (Captured Tracks)

International new-wave robbers present a dark, downtempo soundtrack for post-apocalyptic parties.
Melissa Giannini / April 10, 2012

Monica, ‘New Life’ (RCA)

Themed around her recent marriage and showcasing a new Brandy duet, snoozy ballad set plays it sluggishly safe.
Barry Walters / April 10, 2012

Alabama Shakes, ‘Boys and Girls’ (ATO Records)

A peculiar intensity of anticipation hounds Boys & Girls. Usually, hot new artists from the retro/roots/garage scene first blow up when the young and cool…
Justin F. Farrar / April 9, 2012
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