Thursday, April 24 2014
DWNTWN has its moments, but fails to differentiate itself in an already crowded genre
Throwback band outdoes its ancestors
Unless you’re a proponent of post-rock, dream pop, or shoegaze sounds, this one more than merits a pass.
Walker shows herself to be not just a talented songwriter, but a truly thoughtful voice, the sort of artist who seems to know something about the world, and who’s willing to share the knowledge in song.
Tuesday, April 22 2014
There are jazz trios, and then there are these guys.
Friday, April 18 2014
The third album by Echaskech, their first since 2009's Shatterproof, sees London producers Dom Hoare and Andy Gillham honing their sound craft with immersive results.
You've heard piano and guitar duet albums. This one goes off into a blue yonder.
The saxophone and drum duo of Sax Ruins resembles a simultaneously intriguing and unholy combination of free jazz and heavy metal.
Thursday, April 17 2014
Stanton Moore goes back to acoustic jazz, but he couldn't shake off the funk beats if he tried.
This is an extended play that is sparse and airy in equal measure, with the music sounding remotely thin at times.
The crate-digging Cultures of Soul label unearths a set of previously unreleased jazz funk and R&B from Stanton Davis’ Ghetto Mysticism.
A pop record with big synths and charming vocals.
Monday, April 14 2014
Another Generation of Slaves is an overall solid album, a thematic set that glides bittersweetly over you and makes sure to catch you with a barb every once in a while.
Praise the Lord, and pass the guitar.
Tuesday, April 8 2014
Denney & the Jets have personality and energy to spare on this debut, but they are also trying to find their own voice among several musical traditions.
Austin via Oakland experimental pop artist Bill Baird makes his Moon Glyph debut with a mini-album of balanced absurdity.
Fourteen-song cycle tells the story of a pair of intertwined lives.
France's unassuming chanteur nudges the heartstrings gently with his latest effort.
Friday, April 4 2014
Those Black Keys comparisons are starting to get stale.
The best barroom rave-up band you never heard.