Wednesday, October 5 2011
The Los Angeles quintet settles for a mixed bag of goods on their debut album. Or perhaps a mixed bag of bads is more applicable?
Wednesday, August 17 2011
Sub-Pop doo-wop for an indie-rock sock hop from the Unicorns' Nick Thorburn and Man Man’s piano-puncher Ryan "Honus Honus" Kattner.
Friday, July 1 2011
This tribute collection of 19 covers of one of early rock's most influential pioneers features legends (Paul McCartney, Lou Reed), indie A-listers (Modest Mouse, My Morning Jacket, She & Him), and -- would you believe? -- Kid Rock.
Monday, February 28 2011
The Lonesome Crowded West ends on a note of comfortable abandon, with Isaac Brock momentarily shrugging off his existential questions for a well-deserved drink.
Monday, February 21 2011
“Bankrupt on Selling” manages its melancholy with an expert hand, making it one of the most moving tracks on an album full of full-steam heartwrenchers.
Monday, February 14 2011
On "Polar Opposites", Isaac Brock and Modest Mouse turn frustration into energy, anthemizing listlessness in a way that only the best of rock ’n roll music can do.
Monday, February 7 2011
If The Lonesome Crowded West is an album born of and fixated upon car culture, “Truckers Atlas” is the engine at the heart of it. Jack Kerouac, take a seat and learn something.
Monday, January 31 2011
"Shit Luck" swings with both fists right away, the most focused burst of aggression on an album full of it.
Monday, January 24 2011
"Long Distance Drunk" may be the weakest track on The Lonesome Crowded West, but it proves its merit when taken on its own.
Monday, January 17 2011
"Out of Gas" sees Modest Mouse writing the kind of track that would later bring them wider success and the ire of many critics and longtime fans: a pop song. For the record, it's a good thing.