Reviews

Swans’ ‘To Be Kind’ Is a Monolithic Orgy of Blood, Guts, and…Love

It will come as no surprise to learn that one of the most frequently used words on Swans' new album is "no." Michael Gira ha…
By: Philip Sherburne / May 12, 2014

Chromeo’s Sappy Soul-Pop Comes of Age on ‘White Women’

At the beginning, Chromeo had to be a joke. An over-styled, overly self-aware Arab-Jew duo signed to Vice Records cribbing Hall & Oates' synth-pop playbook…
By: Jonathan Zwickel / May 9, 2014

Fatima Al Qadiri Conjures a Cinematic Din on Exceptional Debut, ‘Asiatisch’

Someone needs to hire Fatima Al Qadiri to score a film. If all of the experimental electronic producer's releases to date were soundtracks, they'd be…
By: Anupa Mistry / May 8, 2014

Lily Allen’s ‘Sheezus’ Is a Tepid Mess of Bitch Bombs and Botched Satire

Oh, Lily. You so had us when we first saw you eating chocolate in bed and slipping laxatives into the cheating ex's coffee, all over…
By: Stephanie Benson / May 7, 2014

Lykke Li Waffles Between Pop and Anti-Pop on Soggy ‘I Never Learn’

Here are two things that contradict each other: wanting to be seen as a singer-songwriter rather than a pop artist; and getting hitmaker Greg Kursti…
By: Katherine St. Asaph / May 6, 2014

Unsung Guitar Heroes Wussy Nail Rust-Belt Americana on ‘Attica!’

Over the last decade, Cincinnati garage/pop/folk practitioners Wussy have refined a winning formula. Every 15 months or so, they break from full-time jobs (stonemasonry, waitressing,…
By: Jason Gubbels / May 5, 2014

tUnE-yArDs Transform Turbulence into Transcendence on Exultant ‘Nikki Nack’

Success brought crisis to tUnE-yArDs' Merrill Garbus. Following up 2011's Whokill filled her with fear – not a great state for a performer beloved for her…
By: Barry Walters / May 2, 2014

Gucci Mane and Young Thug Join Forces, Drag Feet on Phoned-In ‘Young Thugga Mane La Flare’

Presumably cobbled together using old recordings from back when waning trap hero Gucci Mane wasn't in jail, and released now to capitalize on the 2014…
By: Brandon Soderberg / May 1, 2014

Many Arms Add Sax Skronk to Jazz-Punk, Achieve Liftoff on ‘Suspended Definition’

For the truly Ill-adelphia/NYC guitarorrists Many Arms, there may be no more apropos home than pioneering avant-gardist John Zorn's Tzadik label for the trio's firestorm…
By: Brad Cohan / April 30, 2014

Damon Albarn’s Modern Life Is Rubbish on Endearingly Great ‘Everyday Robots’

As most folks know, SXSW is more about brands than bands; it has been for over a decade. To wit: For 10-plus years now, there'…
By: Garrett Kamps / April 28, 2014
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