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The Curious Art of Wrapping Music
With the 'gratuity' of music fostered by digital ubiquity came a renewed, exacting demand for magic artefacts. [2.Apr.15]
Lower Dens: Escape From Evil
Escape From Evil is a reminder that all things in life are always filled with the potential to vanish completely in an instant. [2.Apr.15]
Simon Joyner: Grass, Branch & Bone
Call this beautiful record what you will: late-night or rainy-day music. Whatever, it demands active listening. [2.Apr.15]
This Is Our New Song: 'The Bends' and the Reformation of Alternative Rock
The Bends was the genesis of Radiohead’s perceptive, forward-thinking tendencies, which would go on to inspire countless musicians in myriad ways. [1.Apr.15]
Pop Unmuted Podcast: Max Martin and Ellie Goudling's Love Me Like You Do
Episode 10 of Pop Unmuted looks at legendary pop producer/songwriter Max Martin, his 30 year career, and his latest hit with Ellie Goulding's "Love Me Like You Do." [1.Apr.15]
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Ólafur Arnalds and Alice Sara Ott join forces on a genre-defining rendition of some of Chopin's greatest compositions.
This fondly remembered alt-country band comes back in an impressive way.
While the layers of their enigma are gradually peeled away, Death Grips still show how relentlessly messy and fascinating they can be on their first double-album.
Action Bronson takes the best ingredients of his acclaimed mixtapes, buffs them up with tighter production values and greater artistic focus, and produces his strongest statement yet.
Ringo sings praises to the past with obvious nods to nostalgia.
This old school-style thrash metal album would be a lot of fun if the lead singer didn't punctuate his vocals with random, aggravating falsetto shrieks.
This nifty compilation fills in some blanks on the lesser-known variation of Chicago house. No booty has been spared.
These indie giants' recent two-night run at New York City's Webster Hall answers the question: what kind of band is Modest Mouse in 2015?
This isn't the sound of "indie rock", nor is it "dad rock". This is "obligation rock", a forced brand of music that exists just because it has to.
A lack of substance, coupled with an occasionally overwhelming “lite-ness” that veers dangerously close to easy-listening, makes Complete Strangers a less-than-solid effort.
Benjamin Clementine's emotional cup runneth over... again and again.
Perfect Abandon seems to try and fit as many people into a tiny corner as possible. It's a straight-ahead folk record, but it walks that straight road with a crooked walk.
Art Pepper reignites his stake on the jazz industry in this modernized re-issuing of the first in his Neon Art series, originally pressed onto vinyl in 2012.
Nearly five years after his last studio effort, Sufjan Stevens brings us a quiet meditation on grief.
The first new studio album since 1967 from these garage rock legends has its faults, but it's an overall solid addition to their already classic discography.
This is pop music that's also anti-pop music. It's consistently accessible and intentionally confusing.
These Tall Trees veers towards a psych-lite sound, mostly upbeat and effervescent.
Recording in mono might seem like a back-to-basics move but the Mavericks never forgot what they were about anyway.
Religious music, black metal, electronic, and 8-bit all come together in this bizarre yet ultimately captivating philosophical tome from Liturgy.
It roars, dilutes, squeals, shrieks, pulsates and squawks. Welcome to the world of Zu.
Chastity Belt brings the '90s nostalgia, but forgets to bring the variety along with it.
Pug fought through some tough times to produce this optimistic, rewarding record.
The candor of Bingham on Bingham reveals an intimate portrait of love and hope on Fear and Saturday Night.
True to its name, Vibes comes chock-full of different vibes for different situations.
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The Bends was the genesis of Radiohead’s perceptive, forward-thinking tendencies, which would go on to inspire countless musicians in myriad ways. [31.Mar.15]
By Vance Martin
Amidst a transformational time in the post-Vietnam and post-Reagan eras, The Bends represented a transition between the tumultuous latter half of the 20th century and the new millennium ahead. [29.Mar.15]
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Sound Souvenirs
With the 'gratuity' of music fostered by digital ubiquity came a renewed, exacting demand for magic artefacts. [01.Apr.15]
Jazz Today
There was a time when jazz trombonists like Glenn Miller were mega-stars. Not so today, but talents like those of Ryan Keberle and Joe Fiedler make the case that they should be. [30.Mar.15]
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Episode 10 of Pop Unmuted looks at legendary pop producer/songwriter Max Martin, his 30 year career, and his latest hit with Ellie Goulding's "Love Me Like You Do." [01.Apr.15]
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