Reviews

Review: Unknown Mortal Orchestra Welcomes the Private Into Public on the Kaleidoscopic ‘Multi-Love’

Halfway through Ruban Nielson’s explorative third LP, Multi-Love, the bipolar “Extreme Wealth and Casual Cruelty” fractures momentarily into reverberating shards, creaking like a bridge collapsing…
By: Harley Brown / May 27, 2015

The Top Ten Moments at Movement Electronic Music Festival

There’s a rumor that Detroit’s Hart Plaza, which annually hosts hundreds of thousands of beats and bodies for the city’s long-running Movement Electronic Music Festival, alig…
By: Harley Brown / May 27, 2015

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
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