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Wye Oak’s The Louder I Call, the Faster It Runs Is a Vivid Neon Dreamworld

"Suffering?" Jenn Wasner sings at the breathtaking outset of "The Instrument," the first words we hear on Wye Oak’s sui generis new album. "I remember…
Brian Howe / April 11, 2018

Review: Tracey Thorn Is Still Perfecting Emotionally Devastating Dance-Pop

"Oh, Jens," the English singer-songwriter Tracey Thorn sighed, with gentle impatience, on her 2010 insta-classic "Oh, the Divorces!", a delectable little gallery of estrangements. "Oh,…
Brian Howe / March 19, 2018

Review: Is Porches’ The House For Him or Us?

There were lots of remarkable things about Pool, the 2016 album by New York’s Aaron Maine, who records dreamy electropop and electro dreampop…
Brian Howe / January 16, 2018

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