Reviews

Review: Faith No More Leave Us Asking ‘What Is It?’ on ‘Sol Invictus’

Mike Patton retains his cult for making a 25-year career of Doing Whatever He Wants, less in the Tom Waits model than a more slovenly…
By: Dan Weiss / May 21, 2015

Review: Joanna Gruesome Create More Than Just Messy, Joyous Outbursts on ‘Peanut Butter’

Joanna Gruesome's debut 2013 full-length, Weird Sister, established the band as a spiritual descendent of both the early '90s K Records/Kill Rock Stars rosters and…
By: Annie Zaleski / May 21, 2015

Review: Holly Herndon Pioneers the Skype Breakup Album With ‘Platform’

The twitchy, cyborg kineticisms that Holly Herndon has dripped out over the last few years can project something of a desolate exterior. Like a foreboding…
By: Colin Joyce / May 20, 2015

Review: EDM Titan Zedd’s Orchestral Expansion Lacks Direction on ‘True Colors’

Blame it on the self-perpetuating myth of the "sophomore slump," but massively successful artists have more to lose on their second effort than their debut. In the…
By: Harley Brown / May 20, 2015

Review: Tanlines Could Use a Five-Hour Energy Shot on ‘Highlights’

Never say that margarita-wave duo Tanlines don't know how to roll out a beachball of a record. In preparation for their second studio album, Highlights, percussionist Jesse…
By: Rachel Brodsky / May 19, 2015

Review: Brandon Flowers Ascends Toward True Throb n’ Moan on ‘The Desired Effect’

Comparisons to Springsteen mattered a few years ago, but the truth is clearer in 2015: Brandon Flowers is our Stevie Nicks. “Mr. Brightside,” “Can’t Deny…
By: Alfred Soto / May 19, 2015

Review: Shamir Can’t Contain Himself on the Year’s Best Debut, ‘Ratchet’

If you pay attention to the sort of media that reasonably expects its audience to scroll through a list of 300 albums, you already know…
By: Dan Weiss / May 17, 2015

Review: Bassekou Kouyate and Ngoni Ba Shred Without Guitars on ‘Ba Power’

Bassekou Kouyaté’s band is Ngoni Ba, which translates roughly as "The Big Ngoni," a pretty terrific description of what Kouyaté’s selling, if you know what…
By: Jason Gubbels / May 11, 2015

Review: ‘PC Music Volume 1′ Proves the Satirical Collective Can Sell Us Anything

This is where A.G. Cook's PC Music collective, whose exuberantly subversive singles and radio mixes operate outside of salable constrictions, gets audited for iTunes approval.
By: Dan Weiss / May 8, 2015

Review: Mikal Cronin Strings Us Along on the Baroque-Pop ‘MCIII’

The two halves of Mikal Cronin’s third LP collide on the first song of what we once called Side B, “i) Alone,” which also serve…
By: Harley Brown / May 8, 2015
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