Capsule Reviews

Tuesday, April 24 2007

Kenny Werner: Lawn Chair Society

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: Love, Sex, and Situation

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: The White Man is the Devil Volume 2: Citizen Caine

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

The Go Find: Stars on the Wall

This perfectly amalgamated Morr Music band's sophomore album is mopey yet pleasant, Post Service-sounding indie pop.


Paper Airplanes: Boyhood

They might have muddy, low-fi production values, but these prog-friendly indie rockers don't let that stop them from thinking big.


Bright Eyes: Four Winds

“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.


The Acorn: Tin Fist

Hushed, hallowed, and at times eerie, Ottawa group the Acorn make some very impactful music.


John Reuben: Word of Mouth

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

Phonograph: Phonograph

Brooklyn, New York's Phonograph adeptly weave electronic sounds, ambient textures and fine layers of production together with a folk rock shuffle.


Justine Electra: Soft Rock

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: Batten the Hatches

Jenny Owen Youngs has a different musical take on things, and it's a very refreshing one.


Frivolous: Midnight Black Indulgence

Seemingly as unsure of what it's trying to accomplish as we are of what to do with it.


Various Artists: Bargrooves Black Vol. 2

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.


Can Might Make Rights? by Jane Stromseth, David Wippman and Rosa Brooks

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: Ten Readings of a Warning

All Smiles' album stimulates something less like "all smiles" and more like "partial heartbreak".


The Saturday Knights: The Saturday Knights

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.


Escape the Floodwater Jug Band: Whiskey Will Fix It!

Iowa-based jug band go back to the banjo and washboard-driven music of the Hoover administration for inspiration on their debut.


Chateau Flight: Les Vampires

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.


Tigers & Monkeys: Loose Mouth

When Tigers & Monkeys stick to their strengths, the album seems to breeze by rapidly.


Wednesday, April 18 2007

Alex Delivery: Star Destroyer

Alex Delivery's sonic melodies and space-age beats offer plenty of surprises and pleasant digressions; sort of like a more coherent Fiery Furnaces.


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