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Get Yourself Control: The Oral History of Soundgarden’s ‘Superunknown’

Somewhere between a man beating himself bloody with spoons and a producer ripping a door off its hinges, Soundgarden made the record they'd been waiting…
Stacey Anderson / June 5, 2014

Ryan Adams, ‘Ashes & Fire’ (Pax-Am/Capitol)

After going certifiably loopy on last year's III/IV, a "double-album concept rock opera," the alt-country bard goes for the diametric opposite on this gentle crop…
Stacey Anderson / October 11, 2011

St. Vincent, ‘Strange Mercy’ (4AD)

Annie Clark strikes a downright divine balance between scornful rock squall and serenely sweet vocalizing. Her third album is her most mercurial yet, a dense…
Stacey Anderson / September 14, 2011

Milagres, ‘Glowing Mouth’ (Kill Rock Stars)

Milagres singer Kyle Wilson does not move idly. Stricken with writer's block a few years back, the Brooklyn native fled to Canada, where he promptly…
Stacey Anderson / September 13, 2011

St. Vincent Debuts New Album at NYC’s Metropolitan

"I think we're having a little help from antiquity," cracked St. Vincent, the priestess of the hour, gazing reverently at the Egyptian ruins that comprised…
Stacey Anderson / August 26, 2011

Fountains of Wayne, ‘Sky Full of Holes’ (Yep Roc)

The "Stacy's Mom" jangle-pop purveyors offer plenty of excellent cues for summertime activities on their perky fifth album, from passing out on tables ("Radio Bar")…
Stacey Anderson / August 2, 2011

The Horrors, ‘Skying’ (XL)

Coachella denizens may remember the Horrors' petulant set a couple of years ago, during which the Brits griped that they'd rather be watching My Bloody…
Stacey Anderson / July 26, 2011

Cliffie Swan, ‘Memories Come True’ (Drag City)

This Brooklyn-based country-folk pair changed their name from Lights to avoid confusion with the Canadian electro singer and wearer of headbands. And although the Brooklyn…
Stacey Anderson / June 21, 2011

Black Lips, ‘Arabia Mountain’ (Vice)

Sure, they're howling about molested superheroes and E. coli-ridden steak, not the rain in Spain, but Atlanta's Black Lips under-go something of a My Fair…
Stacey Anderson / June 7, 2011

Battles, ‘Gloss Drop’ (Warp)

The second album by these New York math-rockers embraces a dubious formula: subtract exceptional avant-garde guitarist Tyondai Braxton, add...Gary Numan? Yet Numan's harried, yelping cameo…
Stacey Anderson / June 7, 2011

Review: Bright Eyes, ‘The People’s Key’

As "Jejune Stars" builds into a sweeping, Evita-worthy address to the masses, it seems clear that Conor Oberst wishes to bid Bright Eyes farewell. "So…
Stacey Anderson / February 15, 2011

Rihanna, ‘Loud’ (Def Jam)

Oh, lady, you just earned our 15 bucks. Rihanna will sell millions of copies of Loud, her fifth album, and she'll deserve every penny of…
Stacey Anderson / November 16, 2010

Elizabeth & the Catapult, ‘The Other Side of Zero’ (Verve Forecast)

Don't expect any lighthearted "Dizzy Miss Lizzy" shenanigans here -- Brooklyn chamber-poppers Elizabeth & the Catapult lace their levity with foreboding and undercut their sweeping…
Stacey Anderson / October 29, 2010

The Thermals, ‘Personal Life’ (Kill Rock Stars)

Staunch skepticism propelled the Thermals through their transcendent 2006 concept album, The Body, the Blood, the Machine, as the Portland trio merrily scorned the foundations…
Stacey Anderson / August 23, 2010

Brian Wilson, ‘Brian Wilson Reimagines Gershwin’ (Walt Disney)

The most brilliant Beach Boy has always cited "Rhapsody in Blue," American composer George Gershwin's prodigal 1924 meeting of jazz and classical, as his favorite…
Stacey Anderson / July 31, 2010

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