Tuesday, February 4 2014
Avant-garde even by Andrew Bird's standards, the meandering, mostly instrumental I Want to See Pulsaski at Night is gorgeous but empty.
Monday, February 3 2014
The first two tracks off of Weather Systems serve as the first of many emotional rollercoasters, bursting with touching lyrics and gripping arrangements.
The second Citi Presents Evenings with Legends show saw Band of Horses perform acoustic in the intimate McKittrick Hotel. You were basically standing next to the band as they performed.
Via the billion-dollar Cool Japan Fund Inc, Japan is aiming to become one of the world's dominant culture forces. But can a national culture be commodified so easily?
After the Disco rides that morning after wave, holding up a mirror to cast a dark reflection on the fun that's come and gone.
Along the Way is always pretty, but rarely beautiful.
White's fourth album finds her playing bolder music with a daring conceit, but the results are decidedly mixed.
The takeaway here is that while Bugg's debut album felt genuine, Shangri La feels forced and awkward.
Friday, January 31 2014
A hodgepodge of The Wizard of Oz, Pink Floyd, game theory, and philosophical thought experiments, Darkside is a self-reflexive interrogation of the nature of reality and fiction.
Some will tar a record with being “commercial” due to preset notions of what one might think an artist should be doing, rather than listening for what he actually is doing.