Reviews

Review: The Velvet Underground’s Self-Titled ‘Super Deluxe Edition’ Is a Treasure

Devoted legions of Velvet Underground fans have probably heard some or most of what's found on the 45th-anniversary reissue of the band's self-titled 1969 album.
By: Dan Reilly / November 25, 2014

Review: One Direction Hide in Plain Sight From Boy-Band History With ‘Four’

Four might seem like a boring title, if not an outright cliché at this point, for a new One Directio…
By: Andrew Unterberger / November 20, 2014

Review: TV on the Radio Make Like Happy Idiots on the Breezy ‘Seeds’

From here, it looks like TV on the Radio's career pivoted the moment Kyp Malone growled, "Fuck your war / Because I'm fat…
By: Theon Weber / November 19, 2014

Review: Ariel Pink Makes Another Wondrous Mess With ‘pom pom’

As Ariel Pink has moved on from no-fi outsider artist to outspoken indie-pop A-lister, his public appearances have tended to skew a little…
By: Colin Joyce / November 18, 2014

Review: Andy Stott’s Beautiful and Brutal Electronic Epic, ‘Faith in Strangers’

Manchester-based electronic producer Andy Stott saw his mainstream exposure (by jagged, ambient techno standards) double with 2012's Luxury Problems, his first album released since he…
By: Andrew Unterberger / November 17, 2014

Review: Foo Fighters’ ‘Sonic Highways’ Is the Missing Link Between Dio And Big Star

These are weird times for alt-rock lifers. During a recent week-long residency on Late Show with David Letterman, the Foo Fighters hauled…
By: Jason Gubbels / November 11, 2014

Review: Serengeti’s Emmy-Worthy ‘Kenny Dennis III’

The eternal paradox of Chicago rapper Serengeti is that his success is more akin to that of a show like Breaking Bad, and totally anomalou…
By: Dan Weiss / November 10, 2014

Review: Azealia Banks Silences Haters on Debut ‘Broke With Expensive Taste’

More than three years ago, Azealia Banks introduced her wonky and mystifying style with "212," the brashest hip-hop debut single in years. Today marked 1,151…
By: Brennan Carley / November 6, 2014

Review: Deerhoof’s Delightfully Wonky ‘La Isla Bonita’

Deerhoof is celebrating their 20th anniversary this year — just let that sink in for a minute. Now let's address the ageist elephant…
By: Rachel Brodsky / November 3, 2014

Review: Run the Jewels’ Incendiary ‘Run the Jewels 2′

In a decidedly low-key year for rabble-rousing rap, long-cranky stalwarts El-P and Killer Mike return as the incendiary duo Run the Jewels just i…
By: Dan Weiss / October 28, 2014

Taylor Swift Gets Clean, Hits Reset on New Album ‘1989’

It takes all of about two measures to begin to get a sense of how much of a departure 1989 is for Taylor Swift. You…
By: Andrew Unterberger / October 28, 2014

Review: Kiesza Channels ’90s House Divas on ‘Sound of a Woman’

It takes, at most, five seconds of Kiesza's "Hideaway" to realize that something transformative is happening. The staccato siren noise that signals the Canadian singer'…
By: Brennan Carley / October 21, 2014

Review: Milky Chance’s Autumnal ‘Sadnecessary’

The debut album from German folk-pop duo Milky Chance took over a year to make it from their home country to American shores, but really,…
By: Andrew Unterberger / October 14, 2014

Review: Betty Who’s Sparkly-Eyed ‘Take Me When You Go’

On Betty Who's debut album, Take Me When You Go, the 23-year-old Australian singer basks in pop's sunshine. The 6'1" powerhouse, who was born Jessica Anne…
By: Brennan Carley / October 10, 2014

Review: The Preatures’ Pop-Rock Throwback ‘Blue Planet Eyes’

Listening to the Preatures, you're always just one thought away from identifying the band they most closely echo. There's the '90s U2 widescreen guitar attack,…
By: Andrew Unterberger / October 2, 2014

‘Songs of Innocence’ Review: U2 Talk to Ghosts and Avoid Becoming One

As one media outlet or another undoubtedly has yelled at you by now, on Tuesday U2 and Apple confirmed that 2014 will go down a…
By: Carl Wilson / September 10, 2014

Ty Segall’s ‘Manipulator’ Is the Album of the Year*

Is California rocker Ty Segall's new double-album Manipulator one of the records of the year? If this were 1974, it might be —…
By: Carl Wilson / September 5, 2014

Red Head Redemption: The New Pornographers Knock Out Power-Pop on ‘Brill Bruisers’

Not since the legendary I Love Lucys has a band repped for red hair harder than the New Pornographers. Rather than playing the…
By: Barry Walters / August 27, 2014

Hell? Yes! Midnight’s ‘No Mercy for Mayhem’ Is Majestically Satanic

Midnight is one of the best metal bands going, period. Whether you're a sucker for the classics, partial to dirty old punk rock, or…
By: Kim Kelly / August 26, 2014

Trap Producer Rustie’s Brilliant ‘Green Language’ Is for the Birds

Since the 2010 release of his acclaimed Warp debut, Sunburst, where he solidified his frenetic, off-kilter blend of dubstep, funk and hip-hop, Glasgow producer…
By: Aaron Frank / August 25, 2014
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