Reviews

Review: Will Butler’s Wonky, Tightly Wound ‘Policy’

Will Butler has always been an outlier. As Arcade Fire's second-most-famous Butler, he's always made being weird seem just as alluring as fitting in. During…
By: Brennan Carley / March 9, 2015

Review: Purity Ring Get Stuck in Ether-Pop Purgatory on ‘another eternity’

"I don't have patience for long, wandering pieces," Corin Roddick of Purity Ring told SPIN in January. "I need a focused song, usually with a…
By: Andrew Unterberger / March 4, 2015

Review: Skrillex and Diplo Put the Umlaut in Wüb-Wüb-Wüb on ‘Jack Ü’

Skrillex and Diplo surprise-dropped an album last week as Jack Ü, a moniker that takes half a Prince song title and adds umlauts — perfect. These…
By: Dan Weiss / March 3, 2015

Review: Cannibal Ox and the Return of Samurai Rap on ‘Blade of the Ronin’

See, the big question isn't if Cannibal Ox would ever get back together. Thirty-seven-year-old, gruff-voiced headliner Vast Aire and 35-year-old, introspective sidekick Vordul Mega have…
By: Dan Weiss / March 2, 2015

Review: Colleen Green Can Do Whatever She Wants on the Confessional ‘I Want to Grow Up’

Bubble-grunge stoner Colleen Green (yep, her Facebook URL is "colleengreen420") poses a neat juxtaposition on her third and least-bedsick album, I Want to Grow Up: crunchy…
By: Dan Weiss / February 27, 2015

Review: Future Brown Go For Broke on Guest-Stuffed Self-Titled Debut

Future Brown's bio claims that the supergroup — Fatima Al Qadiri, Asma Maroof, and Daniel Pineda of Nguzunguzu, and J-Cush of Lit City Trax — take…
By: Brennan Carley / February 26, 2015

Review: Big Sean’s Neither Beautiful Nor Twisted But Quite Dark Fantasy ‘Dark Sky Paradise’

Earlier this week, Kanye received his due at the annual BET Honors ceremony, and in a prerecorded video interview during the festivities, he made a…
By: Dan Weiss / February 25, 2015

Review: Screaming Females Turn Down for ‘Rose Mountain’

After ten years and six albums with Screaming Females, Marissa Paternoster has found her voice. Not that it was exactly missing in the New Brunswick…
By: Rachel Brodsky / February 24, 2015

Review: Torche Are So Un-Metal They’re Actually Metal on ‘Restarter’

It should come to the surprise of absolutely no one that Torche don't consider themselves a metal band. Despite the crunching riffs, thunderous drums, and…
By: Andrew Unterberger / February 23, 2015

Review: Jose Gonzalez Leaves the Bedroom Behind on ‘Vestiges & Claws’

It's been seven years since brooding fingerpicker José González released a solo album — we last heard from him on 2007's transfixing In Our Nature — but…
By: Rachel Brodsky / February 19, 2015
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