Capsule Reviews

Friday, July 24 2015

Biosphere / Deathprod: Stator

As two Norwegian artists stake their separate claims on one album, they wind up making a disturbing little masterpiece.


Thursday, July 23 2015

Pocket Panda: This Arrangement of Molecules

In This Arrangement of Molecules, Pocket Panda establish themselves as new rulers of the Washington rock scene with equal parts heart and mind.


Wednesday, July 22 2015

Weed: Running Back

Canadian noise poppers deliver a lean set of loud, hooky guitar rock on their latest.


Girl Band: The Early Years EP

The Early Years EP offers a mercifully short set of unrelentingly pummeling dance rock from these Dublin noiseniks.


Tearjerker: Stay Wild

The Toronto trio’s third full-length delivers on the promise of their Hiding EP and expands their playbook in subtle ways.


Sunday, July 19 2015

Basement Jaxx: Angel Is Coming EP

If Junto was the sound of everything we loved about Jaxx hitting the pavement, this EP is the sound of street cleaners scraping up the remains.


Friday, July 17 2015

In Sonitus Lux: The Equinox Session

By smacking a piece of metal with a pair of mallets and with Kevin Dunn's help, E. Serson Brannen has made a fine piece of music free of category.


Thursday, July 16 2015

Valley Hush: Don’t Wait

Detroit group crafts evocative collage of electronica, pop, and indie rock on second EP.


Tuesday, July 14 2015

Andre Bratten: Math Ilium Ion

Norwegian house producer Andre Bratten returns with an album heavy on rhythm, light on the obvious.


Various Artists: Classic American Ballads

Moral evil, natural evil -- hard times. That's the purview of Classic American Ballads.


The von Trapps: Dancing in Gold

The great-grandchildren of Maria and the Captain hold their own as indie folk virtuosos in Dancing in Gold.


Monday, July 13 2015

Stubborn Son: Birthright

Birthright shows potential but overall Stubborn Son must continue to work to distinguish themselves from the crowd


Thursday, July 9 2015

The Shoe Birds: Southern Gothic

Mississipi band’s long-delayed debut doesn’t really take flight.


The Bohannons: Black Cross, Black Shield

Black Cross, Black Shield may sound dark, but it's anything but.


The Velvet Teen: All Is Illusory

It's good to have them back, if only for the promise of the next album.


Wednesday, July 8 2015

Beth Bombara: Beth Bombara

Beth Bombara strips away life's worn edges to reveal the subtle beauty in the familiar.


Monday, July 6 2015

John Patitucci: Brooklyn

Bassist John Patitucci returns home with a new bass and a few friends to ostensibly explore the music that shaped his love of the instrument.


Wharfer: Acadia

If Jeff Tweedy, Glen Hansard, and Sufjan Stevens met Tom Waits at Justin Vernon’s Wisconsin cabin, the result would be Acadia.


Monday, June 29 2015

Vows: Soon Enough Love

Soon Enough Love is a Darwinian battle between beats and strings.


Brian Landrus Trio: The Deep Below

Landrus can certainly play, but it's his full sensibilities that merit attention on his latest album.


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