reviews

Review: The Preatures’ Pop-Rock Throwback ‘Blue Planet Eyes’

Listening to the Preatures, you’re always just one thought away from identifying the band they most closely echo. There’s the ’90s U2 widescreen guitar attack,…
Andrew Unterberger / October 2, 2014

‘Songs of Innocence’ Review: U2 Talk to Ghosts and Avoid Becoming One

As one media outlet or another undoubtedly has yelled at you by now, on Tuesday U2 and Apple confirmed that 2014 will go down a…
Carl Wilson / September 10, 2014

Ty Segall’s ‘Manipulator’ Is the Album of the Year*

Is California rocker Ty Segall’s new double-album Manipulator one of the records of the year? If this were 1974, it might be — on sonic…
Carl Wilson / September 5, 2014

Red Head Redemption: The New Pornographers Knock Out Power-Pop on ‘Brill Bruisers’

Not since the legendary I Love Lucys has a band repped for red hair harder than the New Pornographers. Rather than playing the pheomelanin freak…
Barry Walters / August 27, 2014

Hell? Yes! Midnight’s ‘No Mercy for Mayhem’ Is Majestically Satanic

Midnight is one of the best metal bands going, period. Whether you’re a sucker for the classics, partial to dirty old punk rock, or hooked…
Kim Kelly / August 26, 2014

Trap Producer Rustie’s Brilliant ‘Green Language’ Is for the Birds

Since the 2010 release of his acclaimed Warp debut, Sunburst, where he solidified his frenetic, off-kilter blend of dubstep, funk and hip-hop, Glasgow producer Rustie—ofte…
Aaron Frank / August 25, 2014

Somebody That You Used to Know: It’s Kimbra’s Time to Shine on ‘The Golden Echo’

New Zealand-born songwriter Kimbra Johnson’s success as a solo artist has stemmed from her stylistic diversity. While her 2011 debut Vows exhibited a dizzying repertoire…
Colin Joyce / August 19, 2014

Turn Up for What: Wiz Khalifa Shrugs His Way Through ‘Blacc Hollywood’

Let’s start with the nadir of Wiz Khalifa’s maddeningly “meh” Blacc Hollywood. It’s called “Ass Drop” and it’s a sub-Drake, quasi-Ty$, twerk-pop track that po…
Brandon Soderberg / August 18, 2014

Porter Robinson Invents Shoegaze-EDM on Dazzling ‘Worlds’

Could there possibly be such a thing as post-EDM? It appears so: The moneymaking genre’s erstwhile rookie-of-the-year, Porter Robinson — the one-time Skrillex protégé, a…
Garrett Kamps / August 14, 2014

Sinead O’Connor Meets Senescence with Sass on ‘I’m Not Bossy, I’m the Boss’

Sinead O’Connor has made a career out of polarizing. That may sound like a given for an artist who’s almost as known for her Papal-picture-ripping…
Rachel Devitt / August 13, 2014
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