Reviews

Fucked Up Become Their Own Black Hole on the Impossibly Dense ‘Glass Boys’

Fucked Up's first compilation was called Epics in Minutes, and even when their epics got longer -- from 2008's The Chemistry of Common Life…
By: Theon Weber / June 4, 2014

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah Defy Time, Drop Introspective Charmer ‘Only Run’

Its been nearly 10 years since Clap Your Hands Say Yeah lit the budding "blogosphere" on fire with their self-titled debut, becoming an overnight…
By: Mike Ayers / June 4, 2014

Parquet Courts Are Inscrutably Awesome on ‘Sunbathing Animal’ (Which Does Not Sound Like Pavement)

Parquet Courts are tough lads to nail down. There are geographical inconsistencies at play: Denton, Texas-based band makes good in Brooklyn. There's lyrical obscurantism…
By: Jason Gubbels / June 2, 2014

Miranda Lambert Balances Her Firebrand Past With Her Pop-Star Present on ‘Platinum’

Time has a way of creeping up on us. Miranda Lambert knows this well. She's 30, which these days – especially in country music,…
By: Dan Hyman / June 2, 2014

Röyksopp & Robyn Revel in Dance-Pop Excess on ‘Do It Again’

Röyksopp and Robyn do it again because they aced the first go-round: Back in 2009, the Tromsø synth twosome and the Stockholm star…
By: Barry Walters / May 29, 2014

Hercules and Love Affair’s Erudite Dance Jams Sparkle on ‘The Feast of the Broken Heart’

Hercules and Love Affair are structurally no different than many club acts: A producer calls the shots, and adjunct singer/co-songwriter/beat-makers add ever-changing fresh flavors.
By: Barry Walters / May 28, 2014

Neil Young Evokes an Imaginary Past, Fetishizes Lo-Fi on ‘A Letter Home’

"What the hell?!?" is an appropriate first response to Neil Young's A Letter Home. Not for its content: Echoing Bob Dylan's Self Portrait, Young…
By: Jon Young / May 27, 2014

Owen Pallett’s Avant Chamber-Pop Plumbs New Depths on ‘In Conflict’

Owen Pallett's Best Score nod for Her ranked with Elliott Smith's among the bigger Oscar surprises of recent years. Toiling in the background a…
By: Alfred Soto / May 26, 2014

With Comeback ‘Gz II Godz,’ G-Side’s Trippy Trap Thrives on the Other Side of Hype

In retrospect, those embattled late '90s underground cats had it pretty good, what with Rupert Murdoch money fueling indie hip-hop staple Rawkus Records by way…
By: Brandon Soderberg / May 22, 2014

Supergroup Serpentine Path Drops Gale-Force Crusher ‘Emanations’

For anyone who's ever wondered what a super-group featuring members of Electric Wizard, Winter, Unearthly Trance, and Ramesses would sound like, Serpentine Path would…
By: Kim Kelly / May 22, 2014

Conor Oberst Channels Don Henley on Delectably Inscrutable ‘Upside Down Mountain’

It's useless to use clichés like "return to form" for a talent as inconsistent and impervious to outside influence as Conor Oberst. His finest…
By: Dan Weiss / May 21, 2014

Tricks Are For Kids: ‘Grandma Sparrow & His Piddletractor Orchestra’ Is Mind-Blowing

Beginning in the mid-'50s, kids music evolved from naive story-songs created for children exclusively to often epically weird Gesamtkunstwerken actually aimed at adults. Among the…
By: Richard Gehr / May 20, 2014

The Roots Save Their Sour Notes for the Quizzically Bleak ‘…And Then You Shoot Your Cousin’

In this post-Internet age of cross-platform synergy as condo down-payment survival, the Roots have flourished. There is the band on The Tonight Show Starring…
By: Mosi Reeves / May 19, 2014

Coldplay Consciously Uncouple From Trademark Bathos on Appealing ‘Ghost Stories’

To Chris Martin, there's nothing more terrifying than a broken heart. While love makes him see the world in rich, vibrant colors—from "Yellow" to "Gree…
By: Stephanie Benson / May 17, 2014

Iamsu! Almost Escapes Bay Area Rap Vortex with Immersive ‘Sincerely Yours.’ Almost.

Empowered by guest appearances on recent hits like Loverance's "Up," E-40's "Function," and fellow HBK gang talent Sage the Gemini's "Gas Pedal," Bay Area…
By: Brandon Soderberg / May 15, 2014

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart Pump Fresh Blood into ‘Days of Abandon’

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart have wisely taken two steps back and one step forward for their latest, Days of Abandon. The…
By: David Turner / May 15, 2014

Yeah Yeah Yeahs Drummer + Avant Pianist = Brain-Melting ‘Dub Narcotic Session’

As one-third of art-rock institution Yeah Yeah Yeahs, drummer Brain Chase has earned Grammy noms, played the world's arenas, and sold a shit-ton of records,…
By: Brad Cohan / May 14, 2014

Agalloch’s Blackened Folk Metal Soothes the Soul on ‘The Serpent & the Sphere’

Agalloch are one of the best bands in modern metal. This isn't a question; it's a fact, one corroborated by a world-class discography that…
By: Kim Kelly / May 14, 2014

New Black Keys Album ‘Turn Blue’ Is Pretty Good, But It’s Still a Black Keys Album

With a tribute EP to Junior Kimbrough and a Damon Dash-sponsored rap-rock album in their catalog, not to mention an armful of Grammys and a…
By: Dan Weiss / May 13, 2014

Swans’ ‘To Be Kind’ Is a Monolithic Orgy of Blood, Guts, and…Love

It will come as no surprise to learn that one of the most frequently used words on Swans' new album is "no." Michael Gira…
By: Philip Sherburne / May 12, 2014
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