Capsule Reviews > Music

Friday, June 19 2015

Chuck Berry: The Complete Chess Singles As & Bs 1955-61

Berry’s infectious style of guitar playing, lyrical phrasing, and the combination of salacious innuendoes and racial awareness still hold up.

The Kandinsky Effect: Somnambulist

The Kandinsky Effect are assembled from three standard jazz instruments. The sound they create isn't so standard.

Thursday, June 18 2015

Snow Ghosts: A Wrecking

Snow Ghosts's second full-length is the sound of ambition being met halfway.

Emil Friis: Sand in Your Eyes

Sand in Your Eyes is as frustrating as it is enjoyable.

Grant Dermody: Sun Might Shine on Me

With Sun Might Shine on Me, Grant Dermody applies his harmonica skills in a variety of settings, from the hills of Appalachia to the Crescent City and its Creole confines.

Wednesday, June 17 2015

Pocket Panda: This Arrangement of Molecules

A group of talented musicians, Pocket Panda rely too heavily on prevailing pop trends to manage any sort of lasting impact.

Various Artists: Late Night Tales Presents After Dark - Nocturne

The third installment of Late Night Tales' After Dark series, again curated by DJ Bill Brewster, is a decades-spanning, funky good time.

Albare: Only Human

Albare's Only Human comes as easy listening from top to bottom, but, for the most part, lacks the interpretive flair which defines smooth jazz.

Tuesday, June 16 2015

The Sideshow Tragedy: Capital

Capital is a strong display of thinkers' rock and roll, with deep resonator grooves accentuated by lyricism encapsulating universal worry.

Monday, June 15 2015

Uniform: Perfect World

Perfect World is exhilarating and exhausting art that shrouds an exposed core with sonic brutality.

Forty Martyrs: Armenian Chants from Aleppo

A haunting piece indicative of the trials currently facing dedicated Armenians in the face of war, any fan of world music would find this record a profound addition to their collection.

Friday, June 12 2015

Actress: DJ-Kicks

In attempting to create a cohesive DJ set, Darren Cunningham (Actress) shows his skills lie more in his own material than the seamless integration of others.

Hannah Miller: Hannah Miller

On her self-titled release, Hannah Miller strips back the instrumental curtain for a more broodingly honest delivery.

Thursday, June 11 2015

Mini Mansions: The Great Pretenders

Melodic, dark, contemporary music with delightful twists and turns, Mini Mansions's The Great Pretenders offers fans a bit of psychedelic swirl amalgamated with sensible, fairly sophisticated, fun pop rock.

Lauer: Borndom

A perfect fit for the Permanent Vacation label, Lauer forges ahead at full steam.

Ludovico Einaudi: Taranta Project

Classical and electronic Italian music meet African beats and Turkish melodies.

Superheaven: Ours Is Chrome

Pennsylvania alt-rockers Superheaven want to ride the flannel-clad '90s bandwagon with satisfactory results.

Wednesday, June 10 2015

The Deer Run Drifters: Restless Youth

On their sophomore LP Restless Youth, it’s evident that the band has something to prove in that they’re not just another string band.

Tuesday, June 9 2015

Diamond Youth: Nothing Matters

The Baltimore band’s debut album is an onslaught of sweeping but sharp-edged blitzkrieg pop.

Thursday, June 4 2015

Almost Free: Human Being / Elephant Man

Detroit trio addresses plight of Joseph Merrick, isolationism, and cognitive dissonance amid airy synths, laser-beam guitar lines, and askew rhythms on new EP.

//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.

READ the article