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The Blissful Simplicity of Indie Rock
By Colin Fitzgerald
The goal of indie rock is to make something real, even at the expense of decades of music tradition. [19.Aug.14]
Johnnyswim Love Their Place in the World
The duo Amber Sudano Ramirez and Abner Ramirez live, die, and make music with the overarching theme of gratefulness. [19.Aug.14]
Pallbearer: Foundations of Burden
Little Rock's Pallbearer add some studio sheen with their sophomore release while maintaining the mudslide-like heaviness of their acclaimed debut. [19.Aug.14]
Taylor Swift's Shake It Off is Catchy, Fun, & Full of Id
Few can deny that Swift is a talented songwriter, but there are only so many times she can attack her "haters" before that trope feels as worn as a months-old US Weekly still sitting on the top of your toilet. [19.Aug.14]
Paul Thorn: Too Blessed to Be Stressed
Thorn appreciates the little things in life one takes for granted: family, love, a good rock beat, etc. [19.Aug.14]
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Little Rock's Pallbearer add some studio sheen with their sophomore release while maintaining the mudslide-like heaviness of their acclaimed debut.
Thorn appreciates the little things in life one takes for granted: family, love, a good rock beat, etc.
The Provincial Archive makes a wonderful folksy racket, and, should you saunter down to your local record store and pick this up, you’ll be more than glad that you did.
We hear about wrecking balls as a musical metaphor all the time. But what happens when you hand the controls over to an elephant?
Dead Stars do an effective job of mimicking a mid-'90s alt-rock one-hit wonder. Right down to having only two good songs on the album.
The Detroit songstress and her Deltas take queasy carnival music, hoodoo blues stomps, country waltz ballads, primitive rock and jazzy inflections to craft a evocative realm in one of 2014's strongest releases.
One critic tries to figure out why everyone loves Fat White Family and she doesn't.
A worthwhile collection for anyone interested in the American folk revival and particularly for those who enjoy its outsider elements.
A timely reminder that Nickel Creek's often lowest profile member is a talented songwriter in his own right.
After a 14-year absence, New Orleans sludge-metal outfit Eyehategod return with their most brutal and best record yet.
Tori Amos's recent performance at New York City's Beacon Theatre was simply spellbinding and quite possibly one of the best concerts in recent memory.
After taking a brief pause to survey the past, the Manic Street Preachers lunge back into the future.
Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons are the missing link between Frank Sinatra and Bruce Springsteen. Rhino has released almost 18 hours of the act's best material
For Sinéad O'Connor, the personal and the political are one and the same. She makes no distinction, and always, always allows the two to join forces in her music.
Few bands dare to incorporate such wide-ranging sounds and Slightly Stoopid’s ability to mix rock and reggae with dub, grunge and hip-hop is a large part of how they appeal to such a broad fanbase.
FKA twigs releases one of the most anticipated debuts in recent memory, positioning herself as a next generation pop star.
The man warbles and slides around the words and delivers them with pizzazz. He always sounds like he’s singing right from the heart. Even when he’s joking, Shaver’s serious.
Garage-rockers no longer, Danish duo add a variety of unexpected elements
Trey Songz's latest is successful not because it takes a fresh approach or carries an important message, but rather because it so effortlessly epitomizes the modern R&B genre as it currently exists.
Here's another one of those groovy, swingin', melodic and enjoyable exercises in futility.
On Time Is Over One Day Old, there’s always something missing, a mystery hanging in the air, yet it’s the band’s most satisfying album yet.
Rising emo band tackles an iconic set of songs from Weezer's "Blue Album" a bit too gently.
Steve Wynn continues to follow his muse, this time to Spain, for a couple of reinvigorating albums released on these shores for the first time.
There’s a Blue Bird in My Heart is packed with sucker punches and subtle jabs. Filled with sound and fury, no final blow is ever delivered, but, nonetheless, Parker has created a knockout.
Carnivalesque pop music filtered through an eccentric lineage that defies categorization and transcends time. A good thing since it was recorded 20 years ago and is only just now seeing the light of day.
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By Colin Fitzgerald
The goal of indie rock is to make something real, even at the expense of decades of music tradition. [18.Aug.14]
The duo Amber Sudano Ramirez and Abner Ramirez live, die, and make music with the overarching theme of gratefulness. [18.Aug.14]
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