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Review: Wolf Parade’s Cry Cry Cry Is a Dark and Beautiful Reunion Record

If you’re just going to put on sheep’s clothing, what’s the point of being a wolf? Among the Canadian bands who took a big bite…
Brian Howe / October 5, 2017

Review: Grizzly Bear Sort Out Their Old Lives on the Slinky, Satisfying Painted Ruins

Can you feel it coming? Quickening on the horizon, a rustle of Uggs and shutter shades, skinny jeans and chunky highlights; a murmur of Friendster…
Brian Howe / August 18, 2017

Review: Phoenix Evoke Italian Summers and Late Night Romance on the Exceptional Ti Amo

Without making a big thing of it, the French rock band Phoenix has resisted modern fame’s mania for disclosure, instead cultivating an affable inscrutability and…
Brian Howe / June 9, 2017

Review: Colin Stetson Is a Thrilling One-Man Band on All This I Do For Glory

To be a one-man band, you once needed a harp rack at your mouth, a bass drum on your back, cymbals between your knees, tambourines…
Brian Howe / April 26, 2017

Review: On Narkopop, Wolfgang Voigt’s Gas Has Never Sounded More Vividly Ominous

Ambient and house music are just different kinds of eternity, and eternity never goes out of style. That’s one reason why Gas sounds as fresh…
Brian Howe / April 20, 2017

Review: Jens Lekman Is Still Yours Truly on Life Will See You Now

What is a Jens Lekman? It doesn’t come in any of the usual colors or shapes. It bristles with complicated angles and mechanisms. It’s hard…
Brian Howe / February 16, 2017