Shannon Zimmerman

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Cheap Trick, ‘The Latest’ (Cheap Trick Unlimited)

With a knack for unforgettable hitmaking ("Surrender") and a weakness for song-doctor capitulation ("The Flame"), these iconic smartasses have always seduced and subverted, remaking the…
Shannon Zimmerman / August 24, 2009

Starf–ker, ‘Jupiter’ (Badman)

This spazzy quartet's second album belies their unfit-to-fully-print name: It's an amiable, compact collection of synth-pop fizz that lands between Gary Numan's "Cars" and the…
Shannon Zimmerman / July 2, 2009

Jeremy Enigk, ‘OK Bear’ (Lewis Hollow)

On his fourth solo album, Jeremy Enigk takes songs that, in demo form, would likely reveal him as a geek folkie, yet tries to press…
Shannon Zimmerman / June 27, 2009

Elvis Costello, ‘Secret, Profane & Sugarcane’ (Hear)

Elvis Costello has always been an idiom savant, pin- balling through arsenic-laced pub rock (My Aim Is True), amphetamine-addled soul (Get Happy!!), and highbrow chamber…
Shannon Zimmerman / May 30, 2009

Neil Young, ‘Fork in the Road’ (Reprise)

A cardinal rule of commerce: Never compete against yourself. A cardinal rule of Neil Young: Screw commerce. His fourth release in roughly two years, Fork…
Shannon Zimmerman / May 20, 2009

Black Moth Super Rainbow, ‘Eating Us’ (Graveface)

Bookended by lumbering psychedelic bubblegum ("Born on a Day the Sun Didn't Rise") and a prog-ish miniature that combines Minutemen brevity with Jethro Tull pomp…
Shannon Zimmerman / May 11, 2009

A Camp, ‘Colonia’ (Nettwerk)

Moonlighting Cardigan Nina Persson has a soulfully sugar-kissed voice that belies a dark knack for studding ethereal, Beatles-esque melodies with lyrical daggers. On the second…
Shannon Zimmerman / April 14, 2009

Cryptacize, ‘Mythomania’ (Asthmatic Kitty)

Pocked by rickety reggae ("Tail & Mane") and tentative ditties that sound like work tapes threaded beneath finished vocals -- one snaky riff is tellingly…
Shannon Zimmerman / April 5, 2009

John Frusciante, ‘The Empyrean’ (Record Collection)

John Frusciante's career away from the Red Hot Chili Peppers has been wildly, even exhaustingly, ambitious -- The Empyrean is his tenth solo album (and…
Shannon Zimmerman / February 19, 2009

Eleni Mandell, ‘Artificial Fire’ (Zedtone)

Eleni Mandell's musical coordinates obviously include sultry sirens Chrissie Hynde and PJ Harvey, but she also possesses an uncanny knack for sweetly sinister, heartsick vignettes.
Shannon Zimmerman / February 1, 2009

Telepathe, ‘Dance Mother’ (IAMSOUND)

Conjuring a chillier Bananarama transplanted to Brooklyn, this female duo's debut album is the latest intriguing art-pop indulgence produced by TV on the Radio's David…
Shannon Zimmerman / February 1, 2009

These Are Powers, ‘All Aboard Future’ (Dead Oceans)

Blipping and thumping through nine tracks, These Are Powers' debut album cross-wires art-damaged difficult listening with skewed rock swagger. The result is a thrilling, hyperpercussive…
Shannon Zimmerman / February 1, 2009

Dan Auerbach, ‘Keep It Hid’ (Nonesuch)

Black Keys singer-guitarist Dan Auerbach opens his first solo outing with an acoustic country blues ("Trouble Weighs a Ton") that sounds utterly authentic but signifies…
Shannon Zimmerman / January 28, 2009

Love is All, ‘A Hundred Things Keep Me Up at Night’ (What’s Your Rupture?)

Connecting the dots between old-wave spaz cadets (think Romeo Void) and Sweden's new wave of sugar-rush power pop (think Shout Out Louds), Love Is All's…
Shannon Zimmerman / November 11, 2008

White Denim, ‘Exposion’ (Transmission)

Jam-band virtuosos with an unlikely knack for concise songs, Austin, Texas' White Denim make post-rock that actually rocks.Favoring a bright, treble-heavy guitar attack, the group…
Shannon Zimmerman / November 7, 2008

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