Reviews

Röyksopp & Robyn Revel in Dance-Pop Excess on ‘Do It Again’

Röyksopp and Robyn do it again because they aced the first go-round: Back in 2009, the Tromsø synth twosome and the Stockholm star united for…
By: Barry Walters / May 29, 2014

Hercules and Love Affair’s Erudite Dance Jams Sparkle on ‘The Feast of the Broken Heart’

Hercules and Love Affair are structurally no different than many club acts: A producer calls the shots, and adjunct singer/co-songwriter/beat-makers add ever-changing fresh flavors. But…
By: Barry Walters / May 28, 2014

Neil Young Evokes an Imaginary Past, Fetishizes Lo-Fi on ‘A Letter Home’

"What the hell?!?" is an appropriate first response to Neil Young's A Letter Home. Not for its content: Echoing Bob Dylan's Self Portrait, Young cover…
By: Jon Young / May 27, 2014

Owen Pallett’s Avant Chamber-Pop Plumbs New Depths on ‘In Conflict’

Owen Pallett's Best Score nod for Her ranked with Elliott Smith's among the bigger Oscar surprises of recent years. Toiling in the background as a…
By: Alfred Soto / May 26, 2014

With Comeback ‘Gz II Godz,’ G-Side’s Trippy Trap Thrives on the Other Side of Hype

In retrospect, those embattled late '90s underground cats had it pretty good, what with Rupert Murdoch money fueling indie hip-hop staple Rawkus Records by way…
By: Brandon Soderberg / May 22, 2014

Supergroup Serpentine Path Drops Gale-Force Crusher ‘Emanations’

For anyone who's ever wondered what a super-group featuring members of Electric Wizard, Winter, Unearthly Trance, and Ramesses would sound like, Serpentine Path would be…
By: Kim Kelly / May 22, 2014

Conor Oberst Channels Don Henley on Delectably Inscrutable ‘Upside Down Mountain’

It's useless to use clichés like "return to form" for a talent as inconsistent and impervious to outside influence as Conor Oberst. His finest record…
By: Dan Weiss / May 21, 2014

Tricks Are For Kids: ‘Grandma Sparrow & His Piddletractor Orchestra’ Is Mind-Blowing

Beginning in the mid-'50s, kids music evolved from naive story-songs created for children exclusively to often epically weird Gesamtkunstwerken actually aimed at adults. Among the…
By: Richard Gehr / May 20, 2014

The Roots Save Their Sour Notes for the Quizzically Bleak ‘…And Then You Shoot Your Cousin’

In this post-Internet age of cross-platform synergy as condo down-payment survival, the Roots have flourished. There is the band on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy…
By: Mosi Reeves / May 19, 2014

Coldplay Consciously Uncouple From Trademark Bathos on Appealing ‘Ghost Stories’

To Chris Martin, there's nothing more terrifying than a broken heart. While love makes him see the world in rich, vibrant colors—from "Yellow" to "Gree…
By: Stephanie Benson / May 17, 2014
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