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Possessed by 'Wild Palms': How Far Will You Go to Feel Connected?
Have listeners of the Danish ambient electronic outfit, Croatian Amor, given more of themselves than the musician ever would? [17.Sep.14]
Formerly Poor Old Shine
By William Rosenbeck
Following its name change, Parsonsfield, New England's most exciting folk band, is letting its music speak for itself. [17.Sep.14]
12 Essential Songs for the Kate Bush Novice
While Kate Bush is a national treasure in the UK, US listeners don't know her so well. The following 12 songs capture her irrepressible spirit. [17.Sep.14]
Banks: Goddess
If you happen to be in the market for a new, hyper-hip iteration of slow-burning electronica, then Jillian Banks is your girl. [17.Sep.14]
GRMLN: Soon Away
On his third release as GRMLN, Yoodoo Park expands and explores pop-punk's roots. [17.Sep.14]
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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.
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.
Ten years on, Death from Above 1979 kicks just as much ass.
By time a song ends, one has undergone the journey from ignorance to familiarity accompanied by a sense of Déjà vu as if one already knew what one never has known.
Classic Zeus is sturdy and stormproof, and has enough memorable hooky hooks to make your head spin.
Not all the guest artists fit, and sometimes the connection to Satchmo seems tenuous indeed. But when it works, as it mostly does, the album delivers much pleasure and pleasant surprises.
The Flaming Lips' Wayne Coyne and Steven Drozd's new project is a solid attempt at arty prog-rock, but in the end, they just can't shake sounding like the Flaming Lips.
It's hard to fault a lot of young people for are asking the question of "Who is U2?", because after listening to Songs of Innocence, this is a question that not even the band themselves could answer.
Mike Auldridge is joined on this, his final recording, by fellow dobro masters Jerry Douglas and Rob Ickes. A fitting capstone to a legendary career.
To a large degree, the last year in music has been about the triumph of the smooth.
There are different ways to experience and to express joy. It can be celebratory, or quiet and introspective. Joy in Spite of Everything balances those poles of sound and style on what is one of the most successful jazz releases of the year.
Saying that The Water(s) shows potential would be unfair. Mick Jenkins has already arrived.
Some of these experiments are more successful than others, but it is that basic uptempo, wah-wah inflected, bass-heavy, organ-choogling funk that makes the strongest impression here.
Five years in the making, Martha Davis & the Motels made a triumphant return to New York City.
Pere Ubu's 18th album offers their most cohesive and disturbing vision of dystopian America. A carnival of oblique reference points, it's also their best album of the 21st century.
Mandolin virtuoso Chris Thile and double bass virtuoso Edgar Meyer meet up for a second time, making music that, unsurprisingly, sounds like it was made for virtuosos.
A concise, pure and punchy pop history lesson.
Adrian Thaws is one of Tricky's most successful attempts to achieve reconciliation between the strengths of his established sound, and his need to progress as an artist.
It's a fine line between "retro" and "novelty", but no one walks it better than Brian Setzer.
American Hi-Fi is not a group to reshape the way we hear music. They’re simply a good time.
Three of Shostakovich's symphonies sound as scary as they probably did during their premiere, thanks to a unique orchestra and a unique conductor.
From the top on down, the intent of Forever For Now is perfectly clear: fun. This is one big good time broken into 12 melodically succinct, percussively infectious packages.
This is a celebratory affair from start to finish, and constructed in such a way as to put a big grin on your face.
The Man Upstairs is a beguiling diversion for Hitchcock, one devoid of any mystery or humor.
Seemingly on the verge of death not long ago, Vini Reilly re-emerges with a timely, often gorgeous reminder of why he is among the greatest guitarists of his generation.
Capsule Reviews
Events
Five years in the making, Martha Davis & the Motels made a triumphant return to New York City. [15.Sep.14]
Mixed Media
News
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
By William Rosenbeck
Following its name change, Parsonsfield, New England's most exciting folk band, is letting its music speak for itself. [16.Sep.14]
By David Chiu
Drummer Matt Johnson shares his reflections 20 years later on working with Jeff Buckley and recording what turned out to be a masterpiece, 1994's Grace. [15.Sep.14]
Columns
Sound Souvenirs
Have listeners of the Danish ambient electronic outfit, Croatian Amor, given more of themselves than the musician ever would? [16.Sep.14]
Out of Pocket
The 'Marshall McLuhan' message borne by the MP3 revolution is clear: music is endlessly plentiful and entirely disposable. So what's the message of streaming? [14.Sep.14]
From The Blogs
While Kate Bush is a national treasure in the UK, US listeners don't know her so well. The following 12 songs capture her irrepressible spirit. [17.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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