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Review: Bat for Lashes’ Side Is Always a Bit Lonely on ‘The Bride’

Ten years ago, Natasha Khan asked "What's a Girl to Do?" on her 2006 breakthrough single, not as a damsel in distress but a woman…
Stephanie Garr / June 29, 2016

Review: Yoko Ono Risks Accessibility on ‘Yes, I’m a Witch Too’

At 83, Yoko Ono is still cooler (and probably more subversive) than you — not to mention most indie artists a quarter her age. And…
Stephanie Benson Garr / February 23, 2016

Coldplay Consciously Uncouple From Trademark Bathos on Appealing ‘Ghost Stories’

To Chris Martin, there's nothing more terrifying than a broken heart. While love makes him see the world in rich, vibrant colors—from "Yellow" to "Green…
Stephanie Benson / May 17, 2014

Lily Allen’s ‘Sheezus’ Is a Tepid Mess of Bitch Bombs and Botched Satire

Oh, Lily. You so had us when we first saw you eating chocolate in bed and slipping laxatives into the cheating ex's coffee, all over…
Stephanie Benson / May 7, 2014

Liars Bring The Noise, Funk, Bath Salts On Mesmerizing ‘Mess’

Liars don't simply write songs. They create musical translations of our collective existential crises. This means their music is going to be messy. It's going…
Stephanie Benson / March 22, 2014

Washed Out’s ‘Paracosm’ Drifts into the Undertow of His Own New Age-Disney Dream World

Ernest Greene is obsessed with creating a "feel." Hell, his 2009 breakout song as the chillwave totem Washed Out was called "Feel It All Around,"
Stephanie Benson / August 12, 2013

Savages, ‘Silence Yourself’ (Pop Noire/Matador)

Savages dare you to judge this, the London quartet's debut full-length, by its cover — its monochromatic severity, its bleak simplicity, its bold manifesto plastered…
Stephanie Benson / May 6, 2013

Johnny Marr, ‘The Messenger’ (Sire/ADA)

While some still wrestle with Coachella 2013's most vexing mystery — Who Are the Stone Roses? — there remains no question about the relevance about…
Stephanie Benson / February 27, 2013

Green Day, ‘¡Tre!’ (Reprise)

The fact that Green Day have released a back-to-roots/back-to-basics trilogy the same year each of its core members turned 40 makes all sorts of sense…
Stephanie Benson / December 13, 2012

Bloc Party, ‘Four’ (Frenchkiss)

Bloc Party have never gotten over all those Gang of Four comparisons. The London quartet keeps trying to shake them, like confused runaways unsure what…
Stephanie Benson / August 24, 2012

The Ting Tings, ‘Sounds From Nowheresville’ (Sony)

Back in 2008, the bratty British duo of Katie White and Jules De Martino hit the South by Southwest festival with a vengeance. They were…
Stephanie Benson / March 27, 2012

Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, ‘Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds’ (Sour Mash)

What's a year without a Gallagher brothers throwdown? Months after Liam and the rest of Oasis unveiled the score-settling Beady Eye, Noel gets in the…
Stephanie Benson / November 8, 2011

Future Islands, ‘On the Water’ (Thrill Jockey)

Baltimore's Future Islands obviously were born with their ears pointed eastward to the theatrically heartbroken land of New Order, the Cure, and David Bowie. On…
Stephanie Benson / October 11, 2011

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