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The Legends We Were Meant to Be: An Interview with Sondre Lerche
Sondre Lerche dealt with a difficult divorce going into the sessions for his latest album, Please, but it's the greatest thing he's ever done, and tells us about the saxophone solo that may have changed his life (yes, it's on the record). [23.Sep.14]
Aphex Twin: Syro
Unburdened of revolutionary duties, Syro offers a deeply rewarding expression of one of electronic music's most dependably brilliant talents. [23.Sep.14]
King Tuff: Black Moon Spell
Black Moon Spells is a record about discovering yourself in the music you live. It's also a convincing and heartfelt next step for King Tuff, one as charmingly goofy as it self-assured and hard hitting. [23.Sep.14]
Mac Wiseman: Songs From My Mother's Hand
Direct, beguiling and brilliant, songs from Wiseman's family history realised in accessible, caring ways which reflect and bring forward mountain traditions. [23.Sep.14]
The Rainmakers Find Heaven and Hell in the Heartland
Since the early '80s, The Rainmakers have been among the best bands to emerge from the Heartland Rock boom of that decade. They may be the best that's still at it. [22.Sep.14]
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Black Moon Spells is a record about discovering yourself in the music you live. It's also a convincing and heartfelt next step for King Tuff, one as charmingly goofy as it self-assured and hard hitting.
Direct, beguiling and brilliant, songs from Wiseman's family history realised in accessible, caring ways which reflect and bring forward mountain traditions.
This is a band that is ascending, and people are standing up and taking notice, even if the group's name and sound are a little generic.
The monumental producer's compilation of recent singles and remixes may be the ideal party playlist, but it fails at just about everything else.
The contradiction of all second records but especially this one: Be what people expect when people want something unexpected.
You have to respect Robert Plant's desire to take the crowd-pleasing, Grammy-approved formula of his last few records into wilder, hazier places. But the results don’t always reach their intended target.
Sad-Eyed Lonesome Lady is the kind of platter that, if all goes to plan, is going to make Steph Cameron a little less sad-eyed and lonesome when she takes the stage at a concert hall near you.
This is a fresh, young band, attractive in sound and approach, playing music with echoes of many great indie-pop bands of the past.
Black State Highway's high quality throwback hard rock might have found a place on the charts in 1990 next to The Black Crowes and "Thunderstruck"-era AC/DC.
Classic L.A. punk album back on vinyl for the first time in 30 years.
Prior to Please, it was fair to say that Sondre Lerche could make a great record. With Please, however, he's one-upped himself and made a masterpiece.
Primitive and Deadly may be the dawning of another new era for the Seattle legends.
Possibly the mother of all box sets, Nils Lofgren’s Face the Music contains 169 tracks, 20 video clips, and a 136-page book, covering a big talent’s long career.
Ballet School is an indelible entry into the synth pop genre, and are at least taking the approach somewhat differently by using guitars.
Ann Hampton Callaway covers the late, great Sarah Vaughan incredibly on From Sassy to Divine.
Queens' militant pedagogue teams up with one of London's weirder producers.
DFA greats the Juan MacLean sound out of their element on their new album, a collection of stripped down pop and '70s rock-flavored electro.
For all his worry over moving around, Spencer Krug's latest Moonface release makes it clear that behind the piano Krug sounds at home, rooted, in a place he's been found and a place he belongs.
A group of metal guys take a break and form an '80s-style hardcore band. A good time is had by all.
The third release from a free jazz cooperative piano trio featuring Craig Taborn, Gerald Cleaver and William Parker
On Atlantic, redemption awaits in the cleansing waters of the river, if not in the chorus of the songs or the hallowed memory of Robert Johnson that Ben Glover invokes.
If you happen to be in the market for a new, hyper-hip iteration of slow-burning electronica, then Jillian Banks is your girl.
On his third release as GRMLN, Yoodoo Park expands and explores pop-punk's roots.
Between Colours reaches for the sun and the stars, not to mention the backs of the bleachers.
Sarah Jaffe speaks volumes while singing very little on Don't Disconnect's futuristic indictment against modernity.
Similar to albums by Kilgour's band the Clean, End Times Undone feels longer than it is, in a good way.
New Orleans musicians rarely disappoint. They come from a world where music is practically akin to religion, and they always seem to know how to rise to the occasion.
Die Antwoord have described their work as "exaggerated experience", and that's apt. Anger, lust, passion, violence - all things through the lens of Die Antwoord become amplified to the point of deafening.
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New Orleans musicians rarely disappoint. They come from a world where music is practically akin to religion, and they always seem to know how to rise to the occasion. [17.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
Sondre Lerche dealt with a difficult divorce going into the sessions for his latest album, Please, but it's the greatest thing he's ever done, and tells us about the saxophone solo that may have changed his life (yes, it's on the record). [22.Sep.14]
The jazz of the '00s jumped past the great divide of earlier years, obliterating the distinction between tradition and avant-garde, jazz and pop, letting the genre blossom. [21.Sep.14]
Columns
Kickin' Up Dust
Since the early '80s, The Rainmakers have been among the best bands to emerge from the Heartland Rock boom of that decade. They may be the best that's still at it. [21.Sep.14]
The Amazing Pudding
Love them or loathe them, Emerson, Lake & Palmer wore immoderation like a badge of courage. [18.Sep.14]
From The Blogs
This week's Counterbalance takes on the 1,377th most acclaimed album of all time, Paul and Linda McCartney's 1971 joint effort. Have another look, have a cup of tea and a butter pie. (The butter wouldn't melt so we put it in a pie.) [19.Sep.14]
DVD Reviews
If you've never been a Devo fan, this DVD will give you all the reason you need to remedy the situation. [09.Sep.14]
The Past Is a Grotesque Animal takes a compelling, 20-year long story, and zips far too quickly through it. [04.Sep.14]
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