reviews

Shearwater, ‘Rook’ (Matador)

No longer a cloistered chamber-folk band, Shearwater follows the startling variety of 2006's Palo Santo with their even more stimulating fifth album. While Jonathan Meiburg'…
Jon Young / June 2, 2008

Robert Pollard, ‘Robert Pollard Is Off to Business’ (Guided by Voices Inc.)

If it's Tuesday, it must be time for another Robert Pollard record. The twist with his latest -- the man's third long-player in less tha…
Shannon Zimmerman / June 2, 2008

Aimee Mann, ‘@#%&! Smilers’ (Superego)

Midway through another nuanced collection of mid-tempo '70s-pop-referencing tunes that document the lives of folks who manage only fleeting moments of happiness between protracted stretche…
Barry Walters / June 2, 2008

Ladytron, ‘Velocifero’ (Nettwerk)

The two boys and two girls in this synth-rock quartet titled their 2002 disc Light & Magic, yet Ladytron's latest has more to do with…
Mikael Wood / June 2, 2008

Fleet Foxes, ‘Fleet Foxes’ (Sub Pop)

After releasing Sun Giant, a five-track EP, earlier this year, Fleet Foxes have corralled their sprawling, harmony-laden rock into a remarkable debut album. Fleet Foxe…
Amanda Petrusich / June 2, 2008

My Morning Jacket, ‘Evil Urges’ (ATO)

The trajectory of My Morning Jacket from humble folkies with jam-band tendencies into a group with Super Bowl halftime potential may seem an unlikely career…
Shannon Zimmerman / June 2, 2008

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…
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 --…
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…
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…
Barry Walters / May 30, 2008
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