reviews

Yoshimi Battles the Gongbangers on OOIOO’s ‘Gamel’

The nomadic odyssey into parts unknown that Yoshimi — drummer colossus for iconic Japanoise experimental aliens Boredoms — has embarked on has been a face-ripping…
Brad Cohan / June 30, 2014

Craig Leon Reissues His Techno-Futurist Masterpiece, ‘Nommos / Visiting’

Originally released in 1980, Craig Leon's Nommos bridged worlds in unlikely ways. Here we had an artist who had worked as a producer on some…
Philip Sherburne / June 25, 2014

How To Dress Well Opens a Vein, Bleeds Turbulent R&B on ‘”What Is this Heart?'”

Having grown up loving both the introspective side of ‘90s R&B and the emo side of pop-punk, Tom Krell, aka How to Dress Well, wants…
Barry Walters / June 25, 2014

Metal Champs Mastodon Defend Their Crown on ‘Once More ‘Round the Sun’

Album after album, Mastodon set the pace for modern heavy metal. They took pole position fresh out of Atlanta some 14 years ago, and with…
Jonathan Zwickel / June 23, 2014

Deadmau5 Disrupts EDM With the Sprawling, Awesome ‘While (1<2)’

The reason you gotta love Deadmau5 is that he makes it so easy to hate him. To thumb through the yearbook of 2014 EDM stars…
Garrett Kamps / June 22, 2014

Lana Del Rey Beats the Internet, Nods to Pink Floyd on ‘Ultraviolence’

Sorry Mariah, but Me. I Am Lana…The Elusive Chanteuse is a title more fit for a think-piece queen, most especially Ms. Del Rey, who, critical…
Dan Weiss / June 20, 2014

Jazz-Metal Avant Banjo Nut Brandon Seabrook’s ‘Sylphid Vitalizers’ Is Contagious

Led by note-hopping extremists Mick Barr, Mary Halvorson and Weasel Walter, the lethal, yet improbable, overlap of jazz and metal is proving a brutal cross-genre…
Brad Cohan / June 19, 2014

J. Lo Teases With Fun Singles, but ‘AKA’ Is Mostly Mawkish Melodrama

Fifteen years ago, having already earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress for her starring role in Selena, Jennifer Lopez launched her recording career…
Anupa Mistry / June 17, 2014

The Soft Pink Truth Dismantle Black Metal on ‘Why Do the Heathen Rage’

Black metal's dead because The Soft Pink Truth just killed it. Sure, we'll still have motherless toughs serving up coal-black riffs and "trve kvlt" nonsense,…
Brandon Soderberg / June 17, 2014

White Lung Push Their Searing Rawk Beyond the Red on ‘Deep Fantasy’

Led by the stern and fearsome Mish Way, who seems to proclaim the end of the world every time she sings, Vancouver's furious White Lung…
Jon Young / June 16, 2014

Craft Spells Find Solace in Solitude, Emit Sunny Vibes on ‘Nausea’

We live in a society where illness is pathologized and detoxification is a business, hinged on the quick fix instead of promoting holistic wellness. With…
Paula Mejia / June 11, 2014

Sister Act First Aid Kit Are Resplendently Winsome on 14-Karat ‘Stay Gold’

"I won't take the easy road," cry Johanna and Klara Söderberg of First Aid Kit in the chorus of "Silver Lining," their third album Stay…
Barry Walters / June 10, 2014

Old Man White Slathers Reasonably Rockin’ ‘Lazaretto’ in Bummer Vibes

So Jack White's an asshole. So what — as long as the music's good? The man matches a torrid history of well-documented dickhead behavior with a string…
Jonathan Zwickel / June 10, 2014

Death Becomes Tombs on ‘Savage Gold,’ A Lean Grind of Dark Metal

In writing, as with all art forms, it's important to know when to kill your darlings, to abandon your beloved bon mots for the greater…
Kim Kelly / June 9, 2014

50 Cent Growls Meekly, Often, on Deluded ‘Animal Ambition’

What the hell kind of name is Animal Ambition? Are animals really ambitious? Don't they just kind of do what they gotta do and leave…
Brandon Soderberg / June 5, 2014

Fucked Up Become Their Own Black Hole on the Impossibly Dense ‘Glass Boys’

Fucked Up's first compilation was called Epics in Minutes, and even when their epics got longer -- from 2008's The Chemistry of Common Life forward…
Theon Weber / June 4, 2014

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah Defy Time, Drop Introspective Charmer ‘Only Run’

Its been nearly 10 years since Clap Your Hands Say Yeah lit the budding "blogosphere" on fire with their self-titled debut, becoming an overnight lightning…
Mike Ayers / June 4, 2014

Parquet Courts Are Inscrutably Awesome on ‘Sunbathing Animal’ (Which Does Not Sound Like Pavement)

Parquet Courts are tough lads to nail down. There are geographical inconsistencies at play: Denton, Texas-based band makes good in Brooklyn. There's lyrical obscurantism masking…
Jason Gubbels / June 2, 2014

Miranda Lambert Balances Her Firebrand Past With Her Pop-Star Present on ‘Platinum’

Time has a way of creeping up on us. Miranda Lambert knows this well. She's 30, which these days – especially in country music, where…
Dan Hyman / June 2, 2014

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…
Barry Walters / May 29, 2014
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