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Thought of Sound: An Interview with Matt Sharp of the Rentals
With years between albums, a lot of factors, including a "get here now so we can record" email from the Black Keys' Patrick Carney, was what got Matt Sharp's the Rentals back into gear. [3.Sep.14]
Maroon 5: V
It's worth crediting Maroon 5 for having spawned a guilty-pleasure earworm, containing just enough traces of actual instruments to remind listeners that digital synthesizers haven't completely cannibalized rock 'n' roll. [3.Sep.14]
Jennifer Castle: Pink City
Pink City is a real winner, and listeners will be swayed by its gentle beauty. [3.Sep.14]
The Forerunner: An Interview with Shabazz Palaces
"It’s just like exploration really, and just jumping off certain types of cliffs and trying to open up sonic parachutes that’ll get you floating down to your destination and landing on two feet." [2.Sep.14]
Shovels and Rope: Swimmin' Time
Swimmin' Time is the product of our generation's June Carter and Johnny Cash after the messy past has been laid to rest. [2.Sep.14]
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It's worth crediting Maroon 5 for having spawned a guilty-pleasure earworm, containing just enough traces of actual instruments to remind listeners that digital synthesizers haven't completely cannibalized rock 'n' roll.
Pink City is a real winner, and listeners will be swayed by its gentle beauty.
San Francisco avant garde black metal group opts for accessibility while maintaining its novel instrumental lineup on stellar VI: Flora.
The Baltimore psych-indie band, championed by TV on the Radio, have a new label and a new album that often is "out there" in a less-than-flattering way.
Two very noisy bands try out kinds of noise.
A mature, powerful collection of songs from the Arkansas singer-songwriter, equal parts darkness and light.
Swimmin' Time is the product of our generation's June Carter and Johnny Cash after the messy past has been laid to rest.
Barragán is aimless and directionless, and it’s hard to see what the group is trying to really do here other than make music that somehow pleases itself.
There is a dark, dark humor that bubbles up on occasion, but its dry wit can't keep the record from being a depressing listen.
The M-Base trombonist returns with a slippery, funky mix of rock tunes and originals.
Somewhere between remixes and a live album, this brief collection would be less of a let down if the band weren't about to end.
Pale Communion is both the culmination of Opeth's journey toward classic progressive rock and its best work since Ghost Reveries.
The often quick-working Segall took 14 months to make Manipulator, but it's not so much a wild departure sonically as it is a return to and refinement of tangents we've heard from him in the past.
Tinnarose is a singer-songwriter showcase of the highest order, and there’s plenty of material to keep coming back to.
This third volume of reissues from the Cleaners From Venus gives us another set of complications to consider in Martin Newell's work.
After taking a year off to celebrate the label's 20th anniversary, Kompakt's annual Total compilation is back.
Take Pride in Your Long Odds adds further talking points to Centro-matic’s esteemed canon.
Brill Bruisers, with its blaring, neon keyboards and deep hooks, is both a prototypical New Pornographers record and another variation on the band's established themes.
Snider covers Kent Finlay on Cheatham Street Warehouse to raise funds for Finlay’s medical care.
Matt Sharp's side project-turned-band is back, and they sound just like most of you remember them. But is that really such a good thing?
When May rants about a "Wild Woman", we know that it's the woman that lives inside her. She ferociously attacks the lyrics, growling and stuttering as needed.
Soulful duo Kindred the Family Soul retain the refined persona of R&B on latest album A Couple Friends.
The UK progressive house duo is in transition on their latest full-length.
For its themes of loss and longing, its wide-eyed sense of wistfulness, for all of its hopefulness in misfortune, Lose ends up being a win.
Liam Bailey’s first full length album, Definitely Now , is so genre-defying that if not for the unmistakable voice of Bailey, it could seem like a mixtape of several artists.
A sawed-off, hard-bitten punk sensibility and a bluesy, drawn-out compulsion to sink deeper into cloudy depths. The Gun Club's debut from 1981 wallops on this reissue as exciting, entertaining and evil as ever.
Peter Gabriel Live in London... So?
Capsule Reviews
Overall, Let’s Be Ready is quite pleasing and should be an essential purchase for those into Canadian country rock. [02.Sep.14]
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By Mikael Wood
On Feb. 10, 2013, Kimbra walked onto the Staples Center stage and accepted a Grammy Award from Prince, who added his own… [26.Aug.14]
Features
With years between albums, a lot of factors, including a "get here now so we can record" email from the Black Keys' Patrick Carney, was what got Matt Sharp's the Rentals back into gear. [02.Sep.14]
"It’s just like exploration really, and just jumping off certain types of cliffs and trying to open up sonic parachutes that’ll get you floating down to your destination and landing on two feet." [01.Sep.14]
Columns
Kickin' Up Dust
Has country music lost its capacity for brutal, unshakeable loneliness? Or are we just experiencing some calm before the next, inevitable heartache? [24.Aug.14]
Continental Drift
The music of the Caucasus is powered by national ardour and ritual. All that's needed is an open and willing audience to accept the undisclosed gifts it brings. [20.Aug.14]
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