Reviews

Fort Romeau, ‘Kingdoms’ (100% Silk)

A loving tribute to the house Jack built, with special focus on the bedroom, the basement and the aquarium.
By: Philip Sherburne / March 13, 2012

Pond, ‘Beard, Wives, Denim’ (Modular Records)

Aussie crew shares members and psychedelic worldview with Tame Impala, but favors fly-unzipped classic rock.
By: David Bevan / March 13, 2012

Delta Spirit, ‘Delta Spirit’ (Rounder)

San Diego roots-rockers trade cowboy shirts for suits: New tunes are spit-shined, radio-ready.
By: Melissa Giannini / March 13, 2012

Baloji, ‘Kinshasa Succursale’ (Crammed)

Belgian-Congolese rapper returns to Mama Africa, crafts deep, rich autobiography alongside local legends.
By: Richard Gehr / March 13, 2012

Monolake, ‘Ghosts’ (Imbalance Computer Music)

New sonic environs from software pioneer sound dated whether industrial or minimal, urgently creepy or upping noise.
By: Grayson Currin / March 13, 2012

The Darkmonk, ‘True Underlord’ (Metal Face)

One of MF Doom’s notorious Doombots time-warps to the '90s NYC underground for lo-fi beats, clumsy raps.
By: Mosi Reeves / March 13, 2012

Howlin Rain, ‘The Russian Wilds’ (American)

If music were math, if records were the sums of their parts, then the fourth album from crazy-eyed California band Howlin Rain would be one…
By: Grayson Currin / March 13, 2012

Nite Jewel, ‘One Second of Love’ (Secretly Canadian)

Ramona Gonzalez, the Los Angeles-based singer, songwriter, and visual artist behind Nite Jewel, follows a path trod by similarly rising acts like Zola Jesus, Neo…
By: Marc Hogan / March 13, 2012

Bowerbirds, ‘The Clearing’ (Dead Oceans)

Raleigh folk duo widens studio palate, crafts their most memorable bit of gnarled, moonlit strummery to date.
By: David Bevan / March 12, 2012

Bang on a Can All-Stars, ‘Big Beautiful Dark and Scary’ (Cantaloupe)

Accessibly outside neo-minimalism suggesting Philip Glass with bigger balls.
By: Richard Gehr / March 12, 2012
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