Reviews

Sigh, ‘In Somniphobia’ (Candlelight)

Boinging black Bungle circus doom, Muse's idea of Morricone, video game music's idea of Wagner.
By: Christopher R. Weingarten / March 23, 2012

Juvenile, ‘Mardi Gras’ (Self-released)

Despite the title, mixtape functions more like a solid love letter to contemporary Atlanta.
By: Christopher R. Weingarten / March 23, 2012

Mark Stewart, ‘The Politics of Envy’ (Future Noise)

"This country already has a leader who divides us with the bitter politics of envy. We must offer an alternative vision." That was Mitt Romney,…
By: Chuck Eddy / March 22, 2012

Unsane, ‘Wreck’ (Alternative Tentacles)

Veteran arithmetic noise-metal suggests being beaten with a rust-studded leather belt in a warzone... and smiling big.
By: Grayson Currin / March 22, 2012

Disappears, ‘Pre Language’ (Kranky)

Psych-garage pedal obsessives get a cheery Lungfish streak on their most uplifting work yet.
By: Christopher R. Weingarten / March 22, 2012

Petar Dundov, ‘Ideas From the Pond’ (Music Man)

Trance for the lactose-intolerant: no gurns or glow-stick whoosh, just pellucid Tangerine Dreaming.
By: Philip Sherburne / March 22, 2012

The Shins, ‘Port of Morrow’ (Aural Apothecary/Columbia)

There's this thing that's always made the Shins the Shins, and despite the hue and cry over James Mercer’s firing of his bandmates, it wasn’t…
By: Chris Martins / March 21, 2012

DVA, ‘Pretty Ugly’ (Hyperdub)

Grime DJ's Hyperdub LP drizzles rainbow melodies over hothouse funk, like Burial on a tropical getaway. Ugly? Hardly.
By: Philip Sherburne / March 21, 2012

Lost in the Trees, ‘A Church That Fits our Needs’ (Anti-)

A mother’s suicide inspires moving orchestral folk, beauty and hope found amid grief.
By: Jon Young / March 21, 2012

One Direction, ‘Up All Night’ (Syco/Columbia)

British/Irish boy band revives Backstreet/*NSYNC vibes, throws glam anti-consumerist curveballs ("I Want").
By: Barry Walters / March 21, 2012
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