Reviews

Dope Smokers: Spider Bags Venture to the Dark Side on ‘Frozen Letter’

Strange things are brewing in the brain of Spider Bags frontman Dan McGee. On Frozen Letter, the group's arresting fourth album (excluding a singles collection),…
By: Jon Young / August 6, 2014

Spoon Destroy Their Sound to Save It on Triumphant ‘They Want My Soul’

A generally unconventional act, Spoon nevertheless made a name for themselves the old-fashioned way: In an era when most rock bands peak prematurely both artistically…
By: Barry Walters / August 4, 2014

The Beautiful Game: Shabazz Palaces’ Enthralling, Convoluted ‘Lese Majesty’

Navigating through Lese Majesty, the new record from Shabazz Palaces, is kind of like adventuring your way through the new-ish isometric puzzle game Monument Valley.
By: Anupa Mistry / July 30, 2014

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Preserve Their Legacy on ‘Hypnotic Eye’

Tom Petty would like you to know he's been doing this shit forever and likely will after the seas consume coastal cities. "I've got a…
By: Alfred Soto / July 29, 2014

On Handjobs and Hopelessness: The Lovesick Zeal of Jenny Lewis’ ‘The Voyager’

"I've been wearin' all black/ Since the day it started." That's how Jenny Lewis opens The Voyager, even though her third solo album features the…
By: Jason Gubbels / July 28, 2014

Death Metal Darklords Drowned Return With ‘Idola Specus’

The first few murky, ominous moments of "Die niederen Weihen" set the tone for the rest of this eight-song, 37-minute comeback-slash-debut full-length from German death…
By: Kim Kelly / July 25, 2014

White Fence Up Their Game on Ty Segall-Produced ‘For the Recently Found Innocent’

With the aid of producer Ty Segall, White Fence's Tim Presley has delivered on the promise of his increasingly enthralling bedroom recordings with For The…
By: Aaron Frank / July 23, 2014

On ‘Freeman,’ the Former Gene Ween Recovers More than Just His Name

Recently in The Atlantic, Joshua Wolf Shenk countered the lone-genius myth with the example of cool Paul McCartney and wild John Lennon: competitive collaborators who…
By: Richard Gehr / July 22, 2014

Elly Jackson (Re)Discovers Her Voice on La Roux’s ’80s Romp ‘Trouble in Paradise’

Not a month after releasing her 2009 debut, Elly Jackson was struggling to live up to the steely image she created as the androgynous leader…
By: Barry Walters / July 21, 2014

PS I Love You Shred Mightily on ‘For Those Who Stay’

Being a guitar hero in 2014 seems only slightly less quaint than being a cheese maker, and at least people still actually pay for cheese.
By: Michael Tedder / July 18, 2014
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