Reviews

The War on Drugs Conjure a Gorgeous, Wide-Open Claustrophobia on ‘Lost in the Dream’

To deduce the overarching themes of this Philadelphia band's third album, just scan the track list, which almost reads like a cry for help, give…
By: David Menconi / March 11, 2014

Tensnake’s Occasionally Sublime ‘Glow’ Is Another Shot in the Pop-House Revolution

Tensnake's Glow peaks early, which is perhaps to be expected of the debut album from a guy who has been cranking out well-received, retro-leaning house…
By: Philip Sherburne / March 10, 2014

The Shrine Serve Up Some Primo 21st-Century Skate-Rock on the Scuzzy, Virile ‘Bless Off’

So about this new-school 'skate-rock' thing: I realize young people with way better senses of balance than my own have enjoyed half-piping on skateboards or…
By: Chuck Eddy / March 10, 2014

Prince Electrifies, Exhausts Audience at Epic Four-Hour Hollywood Show

HOLLYWOOD — "Tonight, it's going to be a party — a non-stop party." So stated legendary old-school rapper Doug E. Fresh while serving as hype…
By: Matt Diehl / March 9, 2014

Fucked Up Premiere New Album at Toronto’s Long Winter Festival

It wasn’t exactly the surprise it could have been. Two days after announcing their new album Glass Boys via a video trailer, Toronto’s hardcore heroe…
By: Anupa Mistry / March 8, 2014

The Men Bash and Jangle Through the Joyously Aimless ‘Tomorrow’s Hits’

Very funny, guys, calling your fourth album Tomorrow's Hits, when there's nothing remotely commercial — or forward-looking — about such a sweltering orgy of noise.
By: Jon Young / March 5, 2014

Tool Are Up to Their Old Pummeling, Mystifying Tricks at Spokane Tour Opener

The house lights drop, and the crowd erupts. A looping kick-drum line fades up, sounding like a beating heart. Blue and purple lights pulse their…
By: Luke Baumgarten / March 5, 2014

The Drive-By Truckers’ ‘English Oceans’ Gets Stuck Between a Groove and a Rut

Drive-By Truckers began as a great band that wrote good songs, and have turned into a good band that wants to write good songs. Destined…
By: Alfred Soto / March 4, 2014

Rick Ross Runs Out of Self-Mythologizing Steam on the Dull-Witted ‘Mastermind’

Rick Ross' sixth album dishes up more of the consequence-free, projected-in-IMAX, "real" street shit the Miami boss built his name banging out, but he's running…
By: Brandon Soderberg / March 4, 2014

Pharrell Walks on Pop-R&B Sunshine With the Daring, Infectious ‘G I R L’

The son of a schoolteacher, Pharrell Williams loves assignments. How else to explain why one of the most audacious songs attached to his name wa…
By: Barry Walters / March 3, 2014
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