Reviews - Page 131

fun., ‘Some Nights’ (Fueled by Ramen)

The redemptive power of rock and roll is essential to the genre's mystique: It saves lives, it sets nights on fire, so on and so…
Maura Johnston / March 1, 2012

Memoryhouse , ‘The Slideshow Effect’ (Sub Pop)

Sun-kissed Beach House squatters, the duo relieves suburban ennui through lazy daydream-weaving.
Puja Patel / February 29, 2012

BBU, ‘Bell Hooks’ (Mishka)

Forget Chicago juke: This year’s about killing billionaires, Nirvana/Ultramagnetic loops, and clowning white folks.
Mosi Reeves / February 29, 2012

Damien Jurado, ‘Maraqopa’ (Secretly Canadian)

Sad-sack songwriter, 10 albums in, still finds ways to add color: this time via light psych and Roy Orbison.
Josh Modell / February 29, 2012

Otis Taylor, ‘Otis Taylor’s Contraband’ (Telarc)

Gruff trance-blues master inspires cold chills in hot tales of desire and racial angst.
Jon Young / February 29, 2012

Locrian & Mamiffer, ‘Bless Them That Curse You’ (Sige/Utech)

Chamber-doom collabo brings out sinister beauty, minimal smog-making, the best in both.
Christopher R. Weingarten / February 29, 2012

Nneka, ‘Soul Is Heavy’ (Decon)

Formidable Nigerian belts Fela/Marley-channeled agitprop and soulful love woes, sounds deceptively positive.
Julianne Escobedo Shepherd / February 29, 2012

Dirty Three, ‘Toward the Low Sun’ (Drag City)

Seeing Warren Ellis play live with Nick Cave's now-defunct garage-rock monstrosity Grinderman — at one gloriously manic point, Cave would throw Ellis to the ground…
Joe Gross / February 29, 2012

Wiley, ‘Evolve or Be Extinct’ (Big Dada)

A few years ago, Wiley tumbled headlong into the much-mythologized major-label grinder, and he's spent the past few years trying to piece the meat back…
Julianne Escobedo Shepherd / February 28, 2012

Cursive, ‘I Am Gemini’ (Saddle Creek)

More expertly angsty smart-rock from Conor’s spiritual elder. More metal and conceptual in all the right ways.
Josh Modell / February 28, 2012

DJ Sneak, ‘Fabric 62′ (Fabric)

Underground house lives in energetic blur of hi-hats and floor-thumping beats. Chicago kings "dropping the bass."
Puja Patel / February 28, 2012

XRay Eyeballs, ‘Splendor Squalor’ (Kanine)

Brooklyn garage-dwellers clean up, discover waves new and no. "Syrup" is "Waiting for the Man" screwed.
Steve Kandell / February 28, 2012

Bad Weather California, ‘Sunkissed’ (Family Tree)

Hippie-hustler vocals, scruffy afro-guitar, dubious good vibes fuel freaky-fresh SoCal econo rock.
Richard Gehr / February 28, 2012

Carolina Chocolate Drops, ‘Leaving Eden’ (Nonesuch)

Young-timey trio revive old-timey Afro-American jigs, blues, laments with spitless polish.
Richard Gehr / February 28, 2012

White Load, ‘Wayne’s World III b/w Godfather IV’ (Load)

Twenty-five spasms mixing gnash of the new punk, with cassette garble of the old lo-fi.
Christopher R. Weingarten / February 28, 2012
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