Tuesday, April 24 2007
A record that toes the line between recognizable melody and generic power-pop.
Lawn Chair Society represents the next wave of experimentation -- it’s not far out, and all the musicians are bop guys. The creativity resides in the electronic acoustic.
Deviants of Reality are a duo consisting of DJ Alex J. and Udig the Mental, hailing from Red Bank, New Jersey, and whose sophomore release,
Slaine is like the rap equivalent of Leonardo Dicaprio’s Southie-raised undercover cop from Martin Scorsese’s The Departed. Born in working class Dorchester, Slaine
Monday, April 23 2007
This perfectly amalgamated Morr Music band's sophomore album is mopey yet pleasant, Post Service-sounding indie pop.
They might have muddy, low-fi production values, but these prog-friendly indie rockers don't let that stop them from thinking big.
“Restrained” is a word not often seen in Bright Eyes reviews, but it’s the best way to describe this new EP by Conor Oberst and friends.
Hushed, hallowed, and at times eerie, Ottawa group the Acorn make some very impactful music.
Word of Mouth , the fifth studio project from Columbus, Ohio’s John Reuben, finds the rapper continuing on a path toward sonic maturity. Reuben has
Sunday, April 22 2007
Brooklyn, New York's Phonograph adeptly weave electronic sounds, ambient textures and fine layers of production together with a folk rock shuffle.
Australian-born, Berlin resident, Justine Electra has been a fixture on the German underground tek-house scene for the last few years.
Jenny Owen Youngs has a different musical take on things, and it's a very refreshing one.
Seemingly as unsure of what it's trying to accomplish as we are of what to do with it.
The second installment of the Bargrooves Black establishes early on an entirely conventional "groove" sound – soul-infused, low-tempo House seasoned with varying degrees of electro, disco, tech. You know, the usual.
Critics love armchair quarterbacking the war on terrorism, but a new book shows just how hard it is to get it right the first time.
Thursday, April 19 2007
All Smiles' album stimulates something less like "all smiles" and more like "partial heartbreak".
Rumor has it there's a band in Seattle, Washington with a smooth hip-hop flow backed by face-melting guitars. Truth is, it's not just a rumor.
Iowa-based jug band go back to the banjo and washboard-driven music of the Hoover administration for inspiration on their debut.
Even divorced from the images they accompany, this 40-minute work stands on its own remarkably well, smartly jettisoning aside the notions of both the pop song and tension-filled cinematic score to create a moody, distinct electronic work.
When Tigers & Monkeys stick to their strengths, the album seems to breeze by rapidly.