Reviews

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

Pixies – Kim + Rampant B.S. = ‘Indie Cindy,’ an Oddly Listenable Failure

The last album released under the name Pixies translated in French to "fool the world," so it's not like Indie Cindy, with its potentially condescending…
By: Dan Weiss / April 28, 2014

Wye Oak Swap Guitars for Synths on Soaring ‘Shriek’

On Wye Oak's first three albums, the indie rock duo excelled at writing catchy guitar numbers that showcased its fondness for distortion and soaring vocals,…
By: Mike Ayers / April 28, 2014

Thee Oh Sees’ Garage-Rock Endures on Sorta-Surprise Release ‘Drop’

Like a liquor store within stumbling distance, garage-rock is there when you need it, and despite what crate-diggers might've feared when the Hives booked studio…
By: Dan Weiss / April 25, 2014

Wavves’ Sweet Valley Meet Rap Bruiser DaVinci on Goofy-Great ‘Ghetto Cuisine’

Ghetto Cuisine is a collaboration between Sweet Valley, the beatmaking project from Wavves' Nathan Williams and his brother Kynan, and DaVinci, a cultish Bay Area…
By: Brandon Soderberg / April 24, 2014

Purling Hiss Unearth Their Scuzzy, Lovesick Roots on ‘Dizzy Polizzy’

Within Philadelphia exists a rotating cast of songwriters, friends and collaborators, all aboard a rock and roll freak train. These include Kurt Vile and hi…
By: Paula Mejia / April 24, 2014

TEEN’s Faux-R&B Ploy ‘The Way and Color’ Elevates Discomfort to a Fine Art

Fronted by former Here We Go Magic keyboardist Teeny Lieberson (joined by sisters Lizzy and Katherine), Brooklyn's TEEN has made intriguing moves from the start.
By: Jon Young / April 22, 2014

Future Brings Humility, Sincerity and a Nonsensical Kanye to the Stunning ‘Honest’

Over the past couple of years, Atlanta rap nice guy Future has reinvented the slow jam. His fearlessly soft songs are neither cloying for-tha'-ladiezzz "feminine"…
By: Brandon Soderberg / April 22, 2014

Kelis Serves a Soul Buffet From Space on Surreal, Tasty ‘Food’

Kelis has done a lot of (delightfully) strange things with soul music over the course of her career, from aggro-screaming "I hate you so much…
By: Rachel Devitt / April 21, 2014
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