Reviews

Lucero Shake Loose in Chicago

On the heels of an over-the-top performance Saturday night at a Chicago street festival, Lucero returned to treat a crowd of true believers with a…
By: Don Bartlett / June 2, 2008

El Madmo, ‘El Madmo’ (Team Love)

El Madmo is the indie outfit that provides multiplatinum, adult-contemporary chanteuse Norah Jones a chance to -- as the disc's rollicking set-closer puts it --…
By: Shannon Zimmerman / May 31, 2008

Fiery Furnaces’ Intricate Sound Falls Short in S.F.

Within the ornate walls of San Francisco's Great American Music Hall last night (May 29), the Fiery Furnaces and opener Grand Ole Party seemingly battled…
By: Katy Garlinghouse / May 30, 2008

Love Psychedelico, ‘This Is Love Psychedelico’ (Hacktone)

Concocting an Asian update on '90s Britpop that often eclipses the catchiness of their original sources, this Tokyo duo offers further proof that the right…
By: Barry Walters / May 30, 2008

Dominique Leone, ‘Dominique Leone’ (Strømland)

First known as a Pitchfork music critic, this champion of experimental noise and classic pop unites both on a debut album that bypasses the Norwegia…
By: Barry Walters / May 30, 2008

Joan of Arc, ‘Boo! Human’ (Polyvinyl)

Boo! Human opens with "Shown and Told," a sweetly cerebral homage to Simon & Garfunkel that segues into knowing laughter. But the remainder of the…
By: Shannon Zimmerman / May 30, 2008

Jeremy Jay, ‘A Place Where We Could Go’ (K)

Naïveté played right can be charming and/or mysterious -- see Daniel Johnston or Kimya Dawson -- but without a songwriting spark, willfully simple can sound…
By: Josh Modell / May 30, 2008

I See Hawks in L.A., ‘Hallowed Ground’ (Big Book)

While I See Hawks sound like refugees from the '60s/'70s L.A. country-rock milieu that spawned Poco and the Flying Burrito Brothers (one of the scene'…
By: Jon Young / May 30, 2008

Booka Shade, ‘The Sun and the Neon Light’ (Get Physical)

On their third proper studio album, producers Arno Merziger and Walter Kammermeier abandon their trademark German microhouse sound for more trancelike grooves. Merziger huskily croo…
By: Mosi Reeves / May 30, 2008

Be Your Own Pet Get Hot, Heavy in NYC

As the Fillmore East quickly filled to capacity last night (May 28), adoring fans, fashionistas, and hipsters alike joined forces in one huge sweaty pit…
By: Sean Yeaton / May 29, 2008
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