Thursday, October 2 2014
VA effectively charts a bold new course for the band that doesn't need to rely on folk rockers du jour.
Wednesday, October 1 2014
The National's seminal 2005 album Alligator shows the band, like America, to be lit up by white lights even as it is surrounded by darkness.
Existential dread is nothing new for Will Oldham's performing persona, but this new record might be his most harrowing yet.
On So Cow's first full-band record, the trio sounds natural and the songs instinctual, even as they tighten into tense, nervous coils, twisting the edges and tilting the balance of typical garage rock structures.
Tuesday, September 30 2014
Former Carissa's Weird member Jenn Ghetto expands her solo project, S, into a full band for the best parts of Cool Choices. Oddly enough, it's when she's alone on the record that her emotions are the hardest to make out.
Monday, September 29 2014
There is elegant beauty and grace on display, and some very pleasant pieces of music.
This year saw new efforts by the first family of the New Zealand underground, the brothers Kilgour. PopMatters premieres new videos from Hamish and David Kilgour.
On third LP, Mended With Gold, the band pursues escape velocity with the most commitment yet, making the most bombastic and polished arrangements of their career.
If We Loved Her Dearly is any indication, Lowell has simply run out of material, if not ideas, musical or otherwise.
Monday, September 8 2014
Once you’re finished with this round, you’ll definitely want seconds.