Reviews

Old Man White Slathers Reasonably Rockin’ ‘Lazaretto’ in Bummer Vibes

So Jack White's an asshole. So what — as long as the music's good? The man matches a torrid history of well-documented dickhead behavior with a string…
By: Jonathan Zwickel / June 10, 2014

Death Becomes Tombs on ‘Savage Gold,’ A Lean Grind of Dark Metal

In writing, as with all art forms, it's important to know when to kill your darlings, to abandon your beloved bon mots for the greater…
By: Kim Kelly / June 9, 2014

50 Cent Growls Meekly, Often, on Deluded ‘Animal Ambition’

What the hell kind of name is Animal Ambition? Are animals really ambitious? Don't they just kind of do what they gotta do and leave…
By: Brandon Soderberg / June 5, 2014

Fucked Up Become Their Own Black Hole on the Impossibly Dense ‘Glass Boys’

Fucked Up's first compilation was called Epics in Minutes, and even when their epics got longer -- from 2008's The Chemistry of Common Life forward…
By: Theon Weber / June 4, 2014

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah Defy Time, Drop Introspective Charmer ‘Only Run’

Its been nearly 10 years since Clap Your Hands Say Yeah lit the budding "blogosphere" on fire with their self-titled debut, becoming an overnight lightning…
By: Mike Ayers / June 4, 2014

Parquet Courts Are Inscrutably Awesome on ‘Sunbathing Animal’ (Which Does Not Sound Like Pavement)

Parquet Courts are tough lads to nail down. There are geographical inconsistencies at play: Denton, Texas-based band makes good in Brooklyn. There's lyrical obscurantism masking…
By: Jason Gubbels / June 2, 2014

Miranda Lambert Balances Her Firebrand Past With Her Pop-Star Present on ‘Platinum’

Time has a way of creeping up on us. Miranda Lambert knows this well. She's 30, which these days – especially in country music, where…
By: Dan Hyman / June 2, 2014

Röyksopp & Robyn Revel in Dance-Pop Excess on ‘Do It Again’

Röyksopp and Robyn do it again because they aced the first go-round: Back in 2009, the Tromsø synth twosome and the Stockholm star united for…
By: Barry Walters / May 29, 2014

Hercules and Love Affair’s Erudite Dance Jams Sparkle on ‘The Feast of the Broken Heart’

Hercules and Love Affair are structurally no different than many club acts: A producer calls the shots, and adjunct singer/co-songwriter/beat-makers add ever-changing fresh flavors. But…
By: Barry Walters / May 28, 2014

Neil Young Evokes an Imaginary Past, Fetishizes Lo-Fi on ‘A Letter Home’

"What the hell?!?" is an appropriate first response to Neil Young's A Letter Home. Not for its content: Echoing Bob Dylan's Self Portrait, Young cover…
By: Jon Young / May 27, 2014
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