reviews

Review: Serengeti’s Emmy-Worthy ‘Kenny Dennis III’

The eternal paradox of Chicago rapper Serengeti is that his success is more akin to that of a show like Breaking Bad, and totally anomalous…
Dan Weiss / November 10, 2014

Review: Azealia Banks Silences Haters on Debut ‘Broke With Expensive Taste’

More than three years ago, Azealia Banks introduced her wonky and mystifying style with "212," the brashest hip-hop debut single in years. Today marked 1,151 days…
Brennan Carley / November 6, 2014

Review: Deerhoof’s Delightfully Wonky ‘La Isla Bonita’

Deerhoof is celebrating their 20th anniversary this year — just let that sink in for a minute. Now let's address the ageist elephant in the…
Rachel Brodsky / November 3, 2014

Review: Run the Jewels’ Incendiary ‘Run the Jewels 2′

In a decidedly low-key year for rabble-rousing rap, long-cranky stalwarts El-P and Killer Mike return as the incendiary duo Run the Jewels just in time…
Dan Weiss / October 28, 2014

Taylor Swift Gets Clean, Hits Reset on New Album ‘1989’

It takes all of about two measures to begin to get a sense of how much of a departure 1989 is for Taylor Swift. You…
Andrew Unterberger / October 28, 2014

Review: Kiesza Channels ’90s House Divas on ‘Sound of a Woman’

It takes, at most, five seconds of Kiesza's "Hideaway" to realize that something transformative is happening. The staccato siren noise that signals the Canadian singer's…
Brennan Carley / October 21, 2014

Review: Milky Chance’s Autumnal ‘Sadnecessary’

The debut album from German folk-pop duo Milky Chance took over a year to make it from their home country to American shores, but really,…
Andrew Unterberger / October 14, 2014

Review: Betty Who’s Sparkly-Eyed ‘Take Me When You Go’

On Betty Who's debut album, Take Me When You Go, the 23-year-old Australian singer basks in pop's sunshine. The 6'1" powerhouse, who was born Jessica Anne…
Brennan Carley / October 10, 2014

Review: The Preatures’ Pop-Rock Throwback ‘Blue Planet Eyes’

Listening to the Preatures, you're always just one thought away from identifying the band they most closely echo. There's the '90s U2 widescreen guitar attack,…
Andrew Unterberger / October 2, 2014

‘Songs of Innocence’ Review: U2 Talk to Ghosts and Avoid Becoming One

As one media outlet or another undoubtedly has yelled at you by now, on Tuesday U2 and Apple confirmed that 2014 will go down as…
Carl Wilson / September 10, 2014

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 sonics…
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…
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…
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—often…
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…
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 pops…
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…
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…
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…
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 woman…
Jonathan Zwickel / August 11, 2014
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