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Counterbalance: Daft Punk's 'Discovery'
Last night I dreamed about you, 202nd most acclaimed album of all time. I'm dancing beside you, and it looks like everyone is having fun. Or are we? An electronic landmark from 2001 is this week's Counterbalance. [6.Mar.15]
The Rezillos: Zero
Seminal Scottish punkers show they’ve still got what it takes. [6.Mar.15]
Camper Van Beethoven: New Roman Times
Expanded re-issue of CVB’s 2004 epic New Roman Times remains ambitiously thrilling. [6.Mar.15]
Blood and Thunder: Power, Rage Unbound
This week in metal brought a much needed injection of creativity into black metal and the 30th anniversary of a classic yet underrated metal album. [5.Mar.15]
Noel Gallaghers High Flying Birds: Chasing Yesterday
Noel Gallagher may not be completely chasing yesterday, but he certainly isn't moving forward. [5.Mar.15]
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Seminal Scottish punkers show they’ve still got what it takes.
Expanded re-issue of CVB’s 2004 epic New Roman Times remains ambitiously thrilling.
Driver is heavy on melodies and breezy in its effortlessness. It's the kind of album that moves in different ways during different times and reveals aural layers on multiple listens.
JJ Grey and Mofro provide a connection to the past and a time when talent and tenacity moved the music forward.
A "new" CD of Ralph Stanley duets provides an easy metaphor for how music is currently sold.
Noel Gallagher may not be completely chasing yesterday, but he certainly isn't moving forward.
The Old Crow Medicine Show member stretches his solo songwriting muscle on his self-titled release.
The deep, rich sound of Pops’ guitar captures the immense spirit of a human being that cannot be seen in the physical manifestation of a man.
Kid Ink is a major label rapper, and Full Speed is his collection of major label rap song facsimiles.
Martin Callingham plays it safe with a series of watery folk numbers that might soothe but are too slack and too nebulous to exert any real power.
Aureate Gloom is a soliloquy to anyone willing to listen, an intense affirmation of the confusion that comes with change, and of the uncertainty that comes with difficult choices.
Aureate Gloom is momentarily great, but it becomes infuriating in a instant.
What is essentially a live-version of Sunbathing Animal takes the hardest working group of lazy-bones in music to places new and exciting... just before it heads back to places familiar and boring.
The chromatic wash of a futuristic energy glistens over the Brit's latest offering, but stirring beneath are the time-honored signatures of classic pop music.
Waverunner provides a definitive answer to the question "what would it sound like if a veteran Japanese pop producer made an EDM album?"
Christian Lee Hutson stretches his songwriting muscle on Yeah Okay, I Know, but gets bogged down by a dreary overall delivery.
Purity Ring reinforce their pop charms by tightening their formula on their sophomore album, moving one step closer to pop perfection.
Shadow of the Sun’s fondness for repetition doesn’t come at the sacrifice of the element of surprise.
Amy Speace’s latest album is one that has the potential to take her over the top.
A hard-edged evocation of the free blues spirit of Charlie Parker by a modern saxophonist with the spirit to get Bird right.
Bollywood takes an acid trip in The Rough Guide to Psychedelic India.
With her latest, Kelly Clarkson proves that what doesn't kill her (and that voice) only makes her (and that voice) stronger.
The former Soft Cell frontman's latest rejects pop convention for an album-length singer/songwriter collaboration
If Flatlands was a movie, it would have better been entitled Badlands given its barren settings and austere atmosphere.
Although Comb the Feelings Through Your Hair has a fairly distinct color scheme, it deviates enough to resist the pastel end of the indie rock rainbow.
For all the lip-service they pay cooperation, Doomtree's members fight against nobody so much as each other on this dilute offering.
Capsule Reviews
A funky jazz album about atonement, forgiveness, war, peace, liberation, love, death and sex... or so we're told. [05.Mar.15]
Events
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By Randall Roberts
It was as though some force were propelling the Staple Singers into the public consciousness again, timed to coincide with the arrival of a pair of resurrected recordings. [02.Mar.15]
Features
By Dan Derks
The world's most popular Wham City wonk who transcended his viral video notoriety to make transcendent pop music loves Less Than Jake. He also has a stress addiction, and his new album Gliss Riffer all stems from, of all things, a mixtape. [03.Mar.15]
By Robert Daniel Evers
Jenn Ghetto is well known for co-founding Carissa’s Wierd. Now as 'S', Ghetto has crafted an indie heartbreak record inspired by Katy Perry. [02.Mar.15]
Columns
Continental Drift
For centuries, Tajikistan has seen just about every monarchy, kingdom, religious faith and culture sweep through its land, leaving an indelible impression on its people and music. [24.Feb.15]
Notes on Celluloid
So long as the Academy clings to a myopic definition of what an "original" score is, too many deserving composers will be left out come Oscar night. [16.Feb.15]
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Last night I dreamed about you, 202nd most acclaimed album of all time. I'm dancing beside you, and it looks like everyone is having fun. Or are we? An electronic landmark from 2001 is this week's Counterbalance. [06.Mar.15]
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