Reviews

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

Iamsu! Almost Escapes Bay Area Rap Vortex with Immersive ‘Sincerely Yours.’ Almost.

Empowered by guest appearances on recent hits like Loverance's "Up," E-40's "Function," and fellow HBK gang talent Sage the Gemini's "Gas Pedal," Bay Area rapper/producer…
By: Brandon Soderberg / May 15, 2014

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart Pump Fresh Blood into ‘Days of Abandon’

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart have wisely taken two steps back and one step forward for their latest, Days of Abandon. The Smashing…
By: David Turner / May 15, 2014

Yeah Yeah Yeahs Drummer + Avant Pianist = Brain-Melting ‘Dub Narcotic Session’

As one-third of art-rock institution Yeah Yeah Yeahs, drummer Brain Chase has earned Grammy noms, played the world's arenas, and sold a shit-ton of records,…
By: Brad Cohan / May 14, 2014

Agalloch’s Blackened Folk Metal Soothes the Soul on ‘The Serpent & the Sphere’

Agalloch are one of the best bands in modern metal. This isn't a question; it's a fact, one corroborated by a world-class discography that stretche…
By: Kim Kelly / May 14, 2014
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