Capsule Reviews

Thursday, May 14 2015

ANAMAI: Sallows

Like its inscrutable cover image, ANAMAI’s Sallows requires much of its listeners. Those willing to fully engage will not be disappointed.

!!!: All U Writers / Gonna Guetta Stomp

A funky 12" by dance punk outfit !!! for Record Store Day.

Wednesday, May 13 2015

Surf City: Jekyll Island

As its title implies, there's a battle of personalities raging on Jekyll Island.

Mt. Wolf: Red

As a first foray into the world of studio recording with a founding member lost, the collective does better than most in more than making up for a missing piece.

Monday, May 11 2015

Jake Simmons and the Little Ghosts: No Better

This LP strikes just the right chord between raw, heavy rock 'n' roll from the underground and the philosophical heart of the contemporary indie scene.

Connie Converse: How Sad How Lovely

The idiosyncratic, irreverent and often downright indescribable folk songs of the mysterious Connie Converse are collected and reissued on vinyl.

Wednesday, May 6 2015

Eskmo: SOL

As Eskmo, Brendan Angelides keeps his tension on a short leash.

The J. Geils Band: House Party Live in Germany

This new concert release offers something for fans, even if it can't quite keep up with previous live albums.

Tuesday, May 5 2015

Death and Vanilla: To Where the Wild Things Are

These Swedish pioneers' perilous voyage to where the "Wild" things are proves "Wild-ish" at best.

Monday, May 4 2015

Mickelson: Flickering

Mickelson makes use of traditional instrumentation all in service to his dramatic delivery.

Monday, April 27 2015

Screen Door Porch: Modern Settler

The male-female vocals of Aaron Davis and Seadar Rose continue to be the heart of Screen Door Porch on their strong, varied third album.

Hanoi Masters: War Is a Wound, Peace Is a Scar

A haunting tribute to traditional Vietnamese music and the Vietnam War.

Nai Harvest: Hairball

Hairball is a confident, exuberant semi-reset from the self-professed “pop scum” outfit Nai Harvest.

Friday, April 24 2015

Doug Burr: Pale White Dove

Pale White Dove is one of those albums that demands attention, Doug Burr’s apparent obscurity notwithstanding.

Wednesday, April 22 2015

Rocky Dawuni: Branches of the Same Tree

Rocky Dawuni fuses feel-good reggae vibes with innovative instrumentation, leaving an influential mark on the African roots scene.

Tuesday, April 21 2015

Sax Gordon: In the Wee Small Hours

Sax Gordon and friends make for a relaxed performance for the staunch jazz enthusiast.

Danko Jones: Fire Music

Another day at the Rock and Roll Office for one of the genre's true believers.

The Honeycutters: Me Oh My

A tempest formed on a Thursday night, Me Oh My unfurls throughout the weekend, leaving nothing but wreckage come Sunday.

Monday, April 20 2015

Null: Almost EP

Australian producer's debut tries to envision '90s electronica through a 21st century lens.

Citizens!: European Soul

Second album from Citizens! is surprisingly optimistic Euro-pop.

//Mixed media

Authenticity Issues and the New Intimacies

// Marginal Utility

"The social-media companies have largely succeeded in persuading users of their platforms' neutrality. What we fail to see is that these new identities are no less contingent and dictated to us then the ones circumscribed by tradition; only now the constraints are imposed by for-profit companies in explicit service of gain.

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