Reviews

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—ofte…
By: 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…
By: 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 po…
By: 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…
By: 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…
By: 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…
By: 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 woma…
By: Jonathan Zwickel / August 11, 2014

Bear in Heaven Get Astral on Space Jam ‘Time Is Over One Day Old’

Combining chillwave, psychedelia, Krautrock, shoegaze, synthpop, and a few other amorphous genres, Bear in Heaven nevertheless boast a highly particular vibe—the yearning of lonely astronaut…
By: Barry Walters / August 6, 2014

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
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