Reviews

Future Islands Channel Synth-Pop Greats, William Shatner on ‘Singles’

Polling my music-expert friends (professional and otherwise) to try and help this '90s baby identify the correct analogy for Future Islands frontman Samuel T. Herring’…
By: Dan Weiss / March 25, 2014

The Hold Steady Reboot Their Sad-Bastard Rock Moves on ‘Teeth Dreams’

Craig Finn's the kind of rock and roller who references W.B. Yeats and John Berryman because he's dog-eared their paperbacks, not just because he like…
By: Jason Gubbels / March 25, 2014

Liars Bring The Noise, Funk, Bath Salts On Mesmerizing ‘Mess’

Liars don't simply write songs. They create musical translations of our collective existential crises. This means their music is going to be messy. It's going…
By: Stephanie Benson / March 22, 2014

YG and DJ Mustard Make a Ratchet Music Masterpiece With ‘My Krazy Life’

For the majority of YG's minor key concept album (and major label debut), My Krazy Life, the Compton rapper concerns himself with what is, well,…
By: Brandon Soderberg / March 20, 2014

‘Bob Dylan in the ’80s’ Tribute Comp Gives a Maligned Era the Respect It Deserves

Annotating this friendly takeover by smart young Americana types, Jonathan Lethem argues that the maligned and presumed lost '80s Dylan was only trying to prove…
By: Robert Christgau / March 19, 2014

Skrillex Flirts With Top 40 On His Occasionally Brilliant ‘Recess’

"Dance like it hurts to stand still," sings Chance the Rapper on "Coast Is Clear," the fifth track on Recess, Skrillex's stealth-released debut album, and…
By: Philip Sherburne / March 19, 2014

Freddie Gibbs and Madlib Craft a Deft, Eccentric Street-Rap Epic on ‘Pinata’

Piñata, the full-length collaboration between 21st-century gangster rapper Freddie Gibbs and 31st-century producer Madlib, lulls breezily between pro forma thuggery and Swisha Sweet insights, mixing…
By: Mosi Reeves / March 13, 2014

Foster the People Settle for Modern-Pop Pastiche on the Bloated ‘Supermodel’

Raise your hand if you spent your 2011 Playa Del Carmen vacation driving up and down the Mexican Riviera listening to Foster the People's Torches.
By: Garrett Kamps / March 13, 2014

Kylie Minogue Is a Carefree Pop-Star Chameleon Once Again on ‘Kiss Me Once’

Kylie Minogue albums work best as blank canvases, the versatile singer herself smattered in the paint of whatever pop subgenre strikes her fancy. Her 12th…
By: Brittany Spanos / March 12, 2014

Perfect Pussy Revel in Their Hardcore Fury on ‘Say Yes to Love’

"Since when do we say yes to love?" demands Meredith Graves, frontwoman for hardcore shredders Perfect Pussy. This bold question frames the Syracuse-based band's Captured…
By: Paula Mejia / March 11, 2014
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