Reviews

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…
By: 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…
By: Philip Sherburne / June 25, 2014

How To Dress Well Opens a Vein, Bleeds Turbulent R&B on ‘”What Is this Heart?'”

Having grown up loving both the introspective side of ‘90s R&B and the emo side of pop-punk, Tom Krell, aka How to Dress Well, want…
By: Barry Walters / June 25, 2014

Metal Champs Mastodon Defend Their Crown on ‘Once More ‘Round the Sun’

Album after album, Mastodon set the pace for modern heavy metal. They took pole position fresh out of Atlanta some 14 years ago, and with…
By: Jonathan Zwickel / June 23, 2014

Deadmau5 Disrupts EDM With the Sprawling, Awesome ‘While (1<2)’

The reason you gotta love Deadmau5 is that he makes it so easy to hate him. To thumb through the yearbook of 2014 EDM star…
By: Garrett Kamps / June 22, 2014

Lana Del Rey Beats the Internet, Nods to Pink Floyd on ‘Ultraviolence’

Sorry Mariah, but Me. I Am Lana…The Elusive Chanteuse is a title more fit for a think-piece queen, most especially Ms. Del Rey, who, critical…
By: Dan Weiss / June 20, 2014

Jazz-Metal Avant Banjo Nut Brandon Seabrook’s ‘Sylphid Vitalizers’ Is Contagious

Led by note-hopping extremists Mick Barr, Mary Halvorson and Weasel Walter, the lethal, yet improbable, overlap of jazz and metal is proving a brutal cross-genre…
By: Brad Cohan / June 19, 2014

J. Lo Teases With Fun Singles, but ‘AKA’ Is Mostly Mawkish Melodrama

Fifteen years ago, having already earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress for her starring role in Selena, Jennifer Lopez launched her recording career…
By: Anupa Mistry / June 17, 2014

The Soft Pink Truth Dismantle Black Metal on ‘Why Do the Heathen Rage’

Black metal's dead because The Soft Pink Truth just killed it. Sure, we'll still have motherless toughs serving up coal-black riffs and "trve kvlt" nonsense,…
By: Brandon Soderberg / June 17, 2014

White Lung Push Their Searing Rawk Beyond the Red on ‘Deep Fantasy’

Led by the stern and fearsome Mish Way, who seems to proclaim the end of the world every time she sings, Vancouver's furious White Lung…
By: Jon Young / June 16, 2014
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