Cloud Nothings Hit Emo’s Sweet (And Sour) Spot on ‘Here And Nowhere Else’

The emo revival! It’s the new alt-R&B! And it’s littered with bands — A Great Big Pile of Leaves, Into It. Over It. — that have take…
Claire Lobenfeld / March 31, 2014

Mac DeMarco is the Slacker With a Heart of Gold on the Endearing ‘Salad Days’

In American Hustle, when Jennifer Lawrence’s character goes on and on about “that perfume you can’t stop smelling even when there’s something sour in it,”…
Jillian Mapes / March 28, 2014

Pilgrim Worship All That is Dark, Evil, Nerdy on ‘II: Void Worship’

Pilgrim’s only been on the doom metal scene for four years, but their music already sounds ancient: the soundtrack to a crumbling heathen monolith. II:…
Kim Kelly / March 28, 2014

Future Islands Channel Synth-Pop Greats, William Shatner on ‘Singles’

Polling my music-expert friends (professional and otherwise) to try and help this ’90s baby identify the correct analogy for Future Islands frontman Samuel T. Herring’…
Dan Weiss / March 25, 2014

The Hold Steady Reboot Their Sad-Bastard Rock Moves on ‘Teeth Dreams’

Craig Finn’s the kind of rock and roller who references W.B. Yeats and John Berryman because he’s dog-eared their paperbacks, not just because he like…
Jason Gubbels / March 25, 2014

Liars Bring The Noise, Funk, Bath Salts On Mesmerizing ‘Mess’

Liars don’t simply write songs. They create musical translations of our collective existential crises. This means their music is going to be messy. It’s going…
Stephanie Benson / March 22, 2014

YG and DJ Mustard Make a Ratchet Music Masterpiece With ‘My Krazy Life’

For the majority of YG’s minor key concept album (and major label debut), My Krazy Life, the Compton rapper concerns himself with what is, well,…
Brandon Soderberg / March 20, 2014

‘Bob Dylan in the ’80s’ Tribute Comp Gives a Maligned Era the Respect It Deserves

Annotating this friendly takeover by smart young Americana types, Jonathan Lethem argues that the maligned and presumed lost ’80s Dylan was only trying to prove…
Robert Christgau / March 19, 2014

Skrillex Flirts With Top 40 On His Occasionally Brilliant ‘Recess’

“Dance like it hurts to stand still,” sings Chance the Rapper on “Coast Is Clear,” the fifth track on Recess, Skrillex’s stealth-released debut album, and…
Philip Sherburne / March 19, 2014

Freddie Gibbs and Madlib Craft a Deft, Eccentric Street-Rap Epic on ‘Pinata’

Piñata, the full-length collaboration between 21st-century gangster rapper Freddie Gibbs and 31st-century producer Madlib, lulls breezily between pro forma thuggery and Swisha Sweet insights, mixing…
Mosi Reeves / March 13, 2014

Foster the People Settle for Modern-Pop Pastiche on the Bloated ‘Supermodel’

Raise your hand if you spent your 2011 Playa Del Carmen vacation driving up and down the Mexican Riviera listening to Foster the People’s Torches.
Garrett Kamps / March 13, 2014

Kylie Minogue Is a Carefree Pop-Star Chameleon Once Again on ‘Kiss Me Once’

Kylie Minogue albums work best as blank canvases, the versatile singer herself smattered in the paint of whatever pop subgenre strikes her fancy. Her 12th…
Brittany Spanos / March 12, 2014

Perfect Pussy Revel in Their Hardcore Fury on ‘Say Yes to Love’

“Since when do we say yes to love?” demands Meredith Graves, frontwoman for hardcore shredders Perfect Pussy. This bold question frames the Syracuse-based band’s Captured…
Paula Mejia / March 11, 2014

The War on Drugs Conjure a Gorgeous, Wide-Open Claustrophobia on ‘Lost in the Dream’

To deduce the overarching themes of this Philadelphia band’s third album, just scan the track list, which almost reads like a cry for help, give…
David Menconi / March 11, 2014

Tensnake’s Occasionally Sublime ‘Glow’ Is Another Shot in the Pop-House Revolution

Tensnake’s Glow peaks early, which is perhaps to be expected of the debut album from a guy who has been cranking out well-received, retro-leaning house…
Philip Sherburne / March 10, 2014

The Shrine Serve Up Some Primo 21st-Century Skate-Rock on the Scuzzy, Virile ‘Bless Off’

So about this new-school ‘skate-rock’ thing: I realize young people with way better senses of balance than my own have enjoyed half-piping on skateboards or…
Chuck Eddy / March 10, 2014

Prince Electrifies, Exhausts Audience at Epic Four-Hour Hollywood Show

HOLLYWOOD — “Tonight, it’s going to be a party — a non-stop party.” So stated legendary old-school rapper Doug E. Fresh while serving as hype…
Matt Diehl / March 9, 2014

Fucked Up Premiere New Album at Toronto’s Long Winter Festival

It wasn’t exactly the surprise it could have been. Two days after announcing their new album Glass Boys via a video trailer, Toronto’s hardcore heroe…
Anupa Mistry / March 8, 2014

The Men Bash and Jangle Through the Joyously Aimless ‘Tomorrow’s Hits’

Very funny, guys, calling your fourth album Tomorrow’s Hits, when there’s nothing remotely commercial — or forward-looking — about such a sweltering orgy of noise.
Jon Young / March 5, 2014

Tool Are Up to Their Old Pummeling, Mystifying Tricks at Spokane Tour Opener

The house lights drop, and the crowd erupts. A looping kick-drum line fades up, sounding like a beating heart. Blue and purple lights pulse their…
Luke Baumgarten / March 5, 2014
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