Reviews

Porter Robinson Invents Shoegaze-EDM on Dazzling ‘Worlds’

Could there possibly be such a thing as post-EDM? It appears so: The moneymaking genre's erstwhile rookie-of-the-year, Porter Robinson — the one-time Skrillex protégé,…
By: Garrett Kamps / August 14, 2014

Sinead O’Connor Meets Senescence with Sass on ‘I’m Not Bossy, I’m the Boss’

Sinead O'Connor has made a career out of polarizing. That may sound like a given for an artist who's almost as known for her…
By: Rachel Devitt / August 13, 2014

Japan’s Kyary Pamyu Pamyu Bids for Stateside Pop Stardom on ‘Pika Pika Fantajin’

Pop is supposedly a universal language, although getting American audiences to believe that has been rough going—a few songs that dabble in Spanish have made…
By: Maura Johnston / August 12, 2014

Millennial Tension: FKA Twigs Arrives With the Menacing, Incandescent ‘LP1′

The FKA Twigs takeover began this time last year—August 1, specifically—when the "Water Me" video began trickling across the web. It featured a young…
By: Jonathan Zwickel / August 11, 2014

Bear in Heaven Get Astral on Space Jam ‘Time Is Over One Day Old’

Combining chillwave, psychedelia, Krautrock, shoegaze, synthpop, and a few other amorphous genres, Bear in Heaven nevertheless boast a highly particular vibe—the yearning of lonely…
By: Barry Walters / August 6, 2014

Dope Smokers: Spider Bags Venture to the Dark Side on ‘Frozen Letter’

Strange things are brewing in the brain of Spider Bags frontman Dan McGee. On Frozen Letter, the group's arresting fourth album (excluding a single…
By: Jon Young / August 6, 2014

Spoon Destroy Their Sound to Save It on Triumphant ‘They Want My Soul’

A generally unconventional act, Spoon nevertheless made a name for themselves the old-fashioned way: In an era when most rock bands peak prematurely both…
By: Barry Walters / August 4, 2014

The Beautiful Game: Shabazz Palaces’ Enthralling, Convoluted ‘Lese Majesty’

Navigating through Lese Majesty, the new record from Shabazz Palaces, is kind of like adventuring your way through the new-ish isometric puzzle game Monument…
By: Anupa Mistry / July 30, 2014

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Preserve Their Legacy on ‘Hypnotic Eye’

Tom Petty would like you to know he's been doing this shit forever and likely will after the seas consume coastal cities. "I've got…
By: Alfred Soto / July 29, 2014

On Handjobs and Hopelessness: The Lovesick Zeal of Jenny Lewis’ ‘The Voyager’

"I've been wearin' all black/ Since the day it started." That's how Jenny Lewis opens The Voyager, even though her third solo album feature…
By: Jason Gubbels / July 28, 2014

Death Metal Darklords Drowned Return With ‘Idola Specus’

The first few murky, ominous moments of "Die niederen Weihen" set the tone for the rest of this eight-song, 37-minute comeback-slash-debut full-length from German death…
By: Kim Kelly / July 25, 2014

White Fence Up Their Game on Ty Segall-Produced ‘For the Recently Found Innocent’

With the aid of producer Ty Segall, White Fence's Tim Presley has delivered on the promise of his increasingly enthralling bedroom recordings with…
By: Aaron Frank / July 23, 2014

On ‘Freeman,’ the Former Gene Ween Recovers More than Just His Name

Recently in The Atlantic, Joshua Wolf Shenk countered the lone-genius myth with the example of cool Paul McCartney and wild John Lennon: competitive collaborator…
By: Richard Gehr / July 22, 2014

Elly Jackson (Re)Discovers Her Voice on La Roux’s ’80s Romp ‘Trouble in Paradise’

Not a month after releasing her 2009 debut, Elly Jackson was struggling to live up to the steely image she created as the androgynous leader…
By: Barry Walters / July 21, 2014

PS I Love You Shred Mightily on ‘For Those Who Stay’

Being a guitar hero in 2014 seems only slightly less quaint than being a cheese maker, and at least people still actually pay for cheese.
By: Michael Tedder / July 18, 2014

Madlib Chops the Rock on Underwhelming ‘Rock Konducta Vol. 2′

Otis Jackson Jr. isn't out of ideas, no way. The 40 year-old producer, record collector and dispenser of annual beat tapes operates like a…
By: Dan Weiss / July 17, 2014

Marsha Ambrosius Flaunts Her Rap&B Bona Fides on ‘Friends & Lovers’

Ever since her days adding soulful gravitas to poet Natalie Stewart's gravely raps as part of the early '00s British neosoul duo Floetry, Marsha…
By: Anupa Mistry / July 17, 2014

Moz Gives Old Age the Finger on ‘World Peace Is None of Your Business’

Thirty-plus years in the music business haven't changed what makes Morrissey tick: He still relishes railing against social injustice, and still quite audibly enjoy…
By: Barry Walters / July 16, 2014

Jack Antonoff Wants to Get Better on Bleachers’ Couch Trip, ‘Strange Desire’

If you are of a certain age — and, arguably, of a certain socio-economic demographic — it's possible you have a friend like Jack Antonoff.
By: Michael Tedder / July 14, 2014

Emo Forefathers Braid Return Triumphantly with the Hook-Drenched ‘No Coast’

Braid frontman Bob Nanna wouldn't offend most emo haters. He's neither too earnest nor too oblique. He might savor the generational obscurity of a…
By: Dan Weiss / July 10, 2014
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