Thursday, July 31 2014
As a whole, Firework is a bit lumpy, but there’s enough here to warrant a recommendation for those into experimental jams with a pop edge.
On Kitchen Knife, you’ll hear everything from old-fashioned honky tonk sounds to more piano-based jazz and even some blues.
The Chicago indie outfit offer simple psychedelic pleasures on their third album.
Wednesday, July 30 2014
The Tins are rather plain, write kind of sappy stuff, and are just resoundingly good. Not brilliant, not special. Just good.
Competent post-hardcore that's written with vocal melodies in mind. Too bad their frontman can only handle shouting.
A great package of fine instrumentation, interesting voices and very good songs.
Tuesday, July 29 2014
You might not be getting very much bang for your buck here, but the kindest thing you can say about this disc is that there's not a bad track in the bunch.
Former Tower of Power saxophonist and Saturday Night Livemusical director finds highly sympathetic ears in Finland’s UMO Jazz Orchestra.
Three extra tracks from the Shangri La sessions show Jake Bugg's development.
Monday, July 28 2014
No Lands' Negative Space is a record that should find its way quite easily into a museum or a high art gallery.
Leyland Kirby revisits and reshapes a larger series of previous works to create a more concise representation of his view of the death of rave.
New Orleans bluesman hits a home run, or a few of them
Friday, July 25 2014
Authentic, flavorful roots reggae from Israel.
With his latest offering, drummer Ginger Baker continues his exploration of the music that drew him to the drums in the first place.
If you want high energy bluegrass with instrumental chops and great melodies, try this album.
Wednesday, July 23 2014
With Eons, Nate Lacy opens up his internal world into a vast starry landscape, creating a gorgeously organic record made for headphones.
Hold Still Life is quite the slab of indie rock, and, with its agreeable female-led vocals, is very delectable.
Monday, July 21 2014
At times reminiscent of the ‘70s singer-songwriter songbook of Laura Nyro, Double Bind is an affecting listen, even at its poppiest and even when there’s a bare rendition of the title track in almost a cappella format.
Friday, July 18 2014
For longer term fans of Nona, well, it all boils down to this: do you want to pay all over again for a record you already bought last year?
Wednesday, July 16 2014
Animal Instincts is a real treat in its best moments, and you’ll hope that the band adds a bit more force to its music from here on in.