reviews

On ‘Freeman,’ the Former Gene Ween Recovers More than Just His Name

Recently in The Atlantic, Joshua Wolf Shenk countered the lone-genius myth with the example of cool Paul McCartney and wild John Lennon: competitive collaborators who…
Richard Gehr / July 22, 2014

Elly Jackson (Re)Discovers Her Voice on La Roux’s ’80s Romp ‘Trouble in Paradise’

Not a month after releasing her 2009 debut, Elly Jackson was struggling to live up to the steely image she created as the androgynous leader…
Barry Walters / July 21, 2014

PS I Love You Shred Mightily on ‘For Those Who Stay’

Being a guitar hero in 2014 seems only slightly less quaint than being a cheese maker, and at least people still actually pay for cheese.
Michael Tedder / July 18, 2014

Madlib Chops the Rock on Underwhelming ‘Rock Konducta Vol. 2′

Otis Jackson Jr. isn’t out of ideas, no way. The 40 year-old producer, record collector and dispenser of annual beat tapes operates like a subscriptio…
Dan Weiss / July 17, 2014

Marsha Ambrosius Flaunts Her Rap&B Bona Fides on ‘Friends & Lovers’

Ever since her days adding soulful gravitas to poet Natalie Stewart’s gravely raps as part of the early ’00s British neosoul duo Floetry, Marsha Ambrosiu…
Anupa Mistry / July 17, 2014

Moz Gives Old Age the Finger on ‘World Peace Is None of Your Business’

Thirty-plus years in the music business haven’t changed what makes Morrissey tick: He still relishes railing against social injustice, and still quite audibly enjoys the…
Barry Walters / July 16, 2014

Jack Antonoff Wants to Get Better on Bleachers’ Couch Trip, ‘Strange Desire’

If you are of a certain age — and, arguably, of a certain socio-economic demographic — it’s possible you have a friend like Jack Antonoff.
Michael Tedder / July 14, 2014

Emo Forefathers Braid Return Triumphantly with the Hook-Drenched ‘No Coast’

Braid frontman Bob Nanna wouldn't offend most emo haters. He's neither too earnest nor too oblique. He might savor the generational obscurity of a title…
Dan Weiss / July 10, 2014

Wolves in the Throne Room Deliver the Calm, Skip the Storm, on ‘Celestite’

Wolves in the Throne Room’s last full-length, 2011’s Celestial Lineage, was a marvel of black metal signifiers mixed with some seriously beautiful touches calmly flowing…
Robert Ham / July 8, 2014

Prolific Hitmaker Sia Reclaims the Spotlight on ‘1000 Forms of Fear’

The Australian singer-songwriter Sia Furler has had one of her works score the ending of a prestige TV show; she’s released five studio albums, a…
Maura Johnston / July 7, 2014
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