Reviews

Boris, ‘Smile’ (Southern Lord)

If Boris's 2006 American breakthrough, Pink, was one long earthquake of speed metal, shoegaze, and stoner grunts and shouts, consider the Japanese sludge trio's follow-u…
By: Spencer Kornhaber / May 15, 2008

Mr. Gnome, ‘Deliver This Creature’ (El Marko)

If it weren't for the willful, overweening weirdness that's apparently required of every proggy pop-metal album (see Coheed and Cambria, System of a Down), thi…
By: Jason Simms / May 15, 2008

Boredoms, ‘Super Roots #9′ (Thrill Jockey)

Until now a pricey import, this one-song, 40-minute document of a Christmas Eve 2004 gig finds Boredoms leader Yamataka Eye taking a harder, faster path…
By: Aaron Burgess / May 15, 2008

Midnight Juggernauts, ‘Dystopia’ (Astralwerks)

On this Aussie trio's debut, the best bits, like the fuzzy, organ-driven "Ending of an Era," with its deadpan vocals and feedback guitar, or "Into…
By: J Gabriel Boylan / May 15, 2008

Mates of State, ‘Re-Arrange Us’ (Barsuk)

These proud parents ditched their old-timey organ, and with it much of the band's hyper-active, carnivalesque vibe. About time, too: Adorned with piano and synth,…
By: Spencer Kornhaber / May 15, 2008

Ecstatic Sunshine, ‘Way’ (Cardboard)

This Baltimore duo began as a guitar-only ambient project, but for their third LP, they've folded even more diddles into the drone by way of…
By: Amanda Petrusich / May 15, 2008

Joan as Police Woman Arrests NYC Fans

Just after 7:30 P.M. last night (May 14) New York City's Mercury Lounge was starkly populated and dimly lit, much of the packed crowd sitting…
By: Sean Yeaton / May 15, 2008

Tim Fite, ‘Fair Ain’t Fair’ (Anti-)

This noisy iconoclast, who backed up the anticonsumerist hip-hop folk of last year's Over the Counter Culture by giving it away on the Internet, take…
By: Jon Young / May 15, 2008

The Fashion, ‘The Fashion’ (Epic)

It would be easy (but technically incorrect) to categorize this Copenhagen foursome as another bunch of dance-rock bandwagoners: Their 2003 import-only debut, featuring sprightly, self-descriptive…
By: Barry Walters / May 15, 2008

Architects, ‘Vice’ (Anodyne)

These meat-and-potatoes Missourians spend their third album returning to the scene of the crime: murders on the Jersey Shore, outlaws in Oklahoma, Salinas jailbirds' daughter…
By: Chuck Eddy / May 15, 2008
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