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Omniscient Visions: The Genius of Devin Townsend
There's no modern prog musician whose approaches, innovations, and reinventions are as multifaceted, brave, intricate, and original as those of Devin Townsend. [24.Apr.14]
Death: III
The once-forgotten proto-punk pioneers from Detroit's third album is spotty at times but still contains some true gems. [24.Apr.14]
The Menzingers: Rented World
For what it is, [i]Rented World[/i] slays. [24.Apr.14]
Conquering Demons: A Conversation with Gazpacho's Thomas Anderson
"If we were a soda, we’d be a soda with pepper and ginger." A humorous, insightful, and honest discussion with the founding keyboardist of Gazpacho, Norway's leading prog storytellers. [23.Apr.14]
Eels: The Cautionary Tales of Mark Oliver Everett
Mark Everett admitted that Cautionary Tales was an uncomfortable record to make, but what's most unsettling is how familiar it sounds. [23.Apr.14]
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The once-forgotten proto-punk pioneers from Detroit's third album is spotty at times but still contains some true gems.
For what it is, [i]Rented World[/i] slays.
Retired Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield guest stars as a vocalist on Gryner’s 10th studio album, bolstering this from being just another indie release from a Canada cult icon.
The Massive Attack producer's fruit doesn't fall far from the downtempo tree.
Jazz's most fanciful drummer, his great band, plus the everything-at-once keyboard wiz equals celebratory music that also turns tender when it wants to.
Mark Everett admitted that Cautionary Tales was an uncomfortable record to make, but what's most unsettling is how familiar it sounds.
Choose your own adventure. Heartsrevolution give you two choices: Ride OR Die. (Hint: Say "Ride, please").
The Baseball Project goes deep into the lore, heritage and shadows of the great American pastime -- and comes up with an awesome record.
First solo effort from the Cardigans and A Camp vocalist is pleasant enough singer-songwriter fare that doesn’t truly find its footing until the back half of the album.
This is what we're left with after the fuzz guitars go away.
The Way and Color is a welcome and daring departure from TEEN's Spacemen 3-laced debut, 2012’s In Limbo, even though it doesn’t always hit its marks.
Sugar is not a sticky-sweet album. Whether or not that's good news to you, G. Love & Special Sauce have returned.
Occasional corniness aside, Cloud Cult have crafted an excellent live album.
Lil' Wayne hits the reset button on his Cash Money imprint, but with only minor roster changes is it worth the effort?
Year One, which collects three releases from the past year or so, serves as both a celebration of what has been and a preamble to what seems like an awfully bright future.
On BLUESAmericana, Keb' Mo' clears a few emotional cobwebs then plays in the mud. It's not his best, but it's got one of his best songs.
Smoke DZA's third album, Dream.Zone.Achieve, is strong on beats but weak on personality.
The renown British DJ hypes up some acid-inspired beats, but fails to capture attention.
Lacking their usual frenetic pace and diverse instrumentation, Architecture in Helsinki put out something surprisingly boring
The goods on Someday, The Moon Will Be Gold are such that it’s easy to consider that this artist is someone who is easily a person to keep tabs on and watch with careful scrutiny.
The expanded story of Slint's Spiderland shows that the album doesn't define place or genre so much as it illuminates a singular approach to making music.
The funky organ trio gets together in the studio with a live audience and an adventurous guitarist to break the mold.
Former Young Marble Giants vocalist Alison Statton steps out on her own with a collection of demos that seek to bridge the gap between what that group was and what Weekend would become, influencing countless indie pop acts in the process.
Eclectic, showing an appealing musical restlessness, Inner Fire is both enjoyable and exceptional.
The game never stops for the long-running bluegrass powerhouse.
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"If we were a soda, we’d be a soda with pepper and ginger." A humorous, insightful, and honest discussion with the founding keyboardist of Gazpacho, Norway's leading prog storytellers. [22.Apr.14]
The Eels prime-mover answers questions about the band's new album The Cautionary Tales of Mark Oliver Everett, which follows the tradition of other tragedy-driven greats in his storied and beautifully sorrowful discography. [20.Apr.14]
Columns
The Amazing Pudding
There's no modern prog musician whose approaches, innovations, and reinventions are as multifaceted, brave, intricate, and original as those of Devin Townsend. [23.Apr.14]
Sound Souvenirs
The cassette tape is a miniature monument to a lost age of music; a small casket in which to hide memories and last hopes. [21.Apr.14]
From The Blogs
Articles hailing "the death of the music industry" are a dime a dozen, but recent stories about album sales, iTunes Radio, and radio audience shares -- when bundled together -- indicate that the big shift everyone has feared is actually genuinely happening. [22.Apr.14]
DVD Reviews
What more is there to say about the rock opera, Tommy? Quite a lot. [24.Apr.14]
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