Reviews

Review: Deerhoof’s Delightfully Wonky ‘La Isla Bonita’

Deerhoof is celebrating their 20th anniversary this year — just let that sink in for a minute. Now let's address the ageist elephant in the…
By: Rachel Brodsky / November 3, 2014

Review: Run the Jewels’ Incendiary ‘Run the Jewels 2′

In a decidedly low-key year for rabble-rousing rap, long-cranky stalwarts El-P and Killer Mike return as the incendiary duo Run the Jewels just in time…
By: Dan Weiss / October 28, 2014

Taylor Swift Gets Clean, Hits Reset on New Album ‘1989’

It takes all of about two measures to begin to get a sense of how much of a departure 1989 is for Taylor Swift. You…
By: Andrew Unterberger / October 28, 2014

Review: Kiesza Channels ’90s House Divas on ‘Sound of a Woman’

It takes, at most, five seconds of Kiesza's "Hideaway" to realize that something transformative is happening. The staccato siren noise that signals the Canadian singer'…
By: Brennan Carley / October 21, 2014

Review: Milky Chance’s Autumnal ‘Sadnecessary’

The debut album from German folk-pop duo Milky Chance took over a year to make it from their home country to American shores, but really,…
By: Andrew Unterberger / October 14, 2014

Review: Betty Who’s Sparkly-Eyed ‘Take Me When You Go’

On Betty Who's debut album, Take Me When You Go, the 23-year-old Australian singer basks in pop's sunshine. The 6'1" powerhouse, who was born Jessica Anne…
By: Brennan Carley / October 10, 2014

Review: The Preatures’ Pop-Rock Throwback ‘Blue Planet Eyes’

Listening to the Preatures, you're always just one thought away from identifying the band they most closely echo. There's the '90s U2 widescreen guitar attack,…
By: Andrew Unterberger / October 2, 2014

‘Songs of Innocence’ Review: U2 Talk to Ghosts and Avoid Becoming One

As one media outlet or another undoubtedly has yelled at you by now, on Tuesday U2 and Apple confirmed that 2014 will go down a…
By: Carl Wilson / September 10, 2014

Ty Segall’s ‘Manipulator’ Is the Album of the Year*

Is California rocker Ty Segall's new double-album Manipulator one of the records of the year? If this were 1974, it might be — on sonic…
By: Carl Wilson / September 5, 2014

Red Head Redemption: The New Pornographers Knock Out Power-Pop on ‘Brill Bruisers’

Not since the legendary I Love Lucys has a band repped for red hair harder than the New Pornographers. Rather than playing the pheomelanin freak…
By: Barry Walters / August 27, 2014
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