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Duck Sauce: Quack
They may not ever be able to achieve the dizzying heights of "Barbra Streisand", but Quack is more than worth the wait. [17.Apr.14]
Rodney Crowell: Tarpaper Sky
With a recent Grammy in hand and momentum on his side, a Nashville legend returns to the studio with some old friends. [17.Apr.14]
Shakira: Shakira
The Colombian chameleon’s new eponymous album sees her ditching the squelchy Latin beats of her last English-language album, in favor of dipping her toe into country, ska, rock, and EDM. [17.Apr.14]
Goldieblox vs. the Beastie Boys: A Parable on Permissions
By Monica Corton
When a song becomes forever connected with a product, particularly with the use of a parody lyric, it's deemed “baked” or “overused”. [16.Apr.14]
20 Questions: We Are Scientists
These guitar-based indie pop titans release a delightful new album, discuss the greatness of Tusk, and find a correlation between Macbeth and BASEketball. [16.Apr.14]
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They may not ever be able to achieve the dizzying heights of "Barbra Streisand", but Quack is more than worth the wait.
With a recent Grammy in hand and momentum on his side, a Nashville legend returns to the studio with some old friends.
The Colombian chameleon’s new eponymous album sees her ditching the squelchy Latin beats of her last English-language album, in favor of dipping her toe into country, ska, rock, and EDM.
Twilight have slammed the tomb shut and are hostile to all visitors, leaving a disconnect between the listener and the songs outside of “Oh Wretched Son” and “A Flood of Eyes”.
Although there are a few moments that lack the edge of his debut, Gravitas is a welcome return to form -- of sorts -- for Kweli.
Goodbye, guitars. Hello, electronics.
With Light and With Love is Woods' most cleanly produced record to date, and the brittle edges of their sound now melt around bright, bittersweet songs.
May Death Never Stop You proves to be a tricky overview of MCR's output, trying to please both casual fans and completists at the exact same time.
The Dandy Warhols didn't invent the wheel, they just drive really well.
Steve Martin, the Steep Canyon Rangers, and Edie Brickell join each other on CD and DVD Live to provide music and comedy lovers with a fantastic live experience.
Indie pop for indie pop scholars.
Polish guitarist Grzegorz Lesiak does a musical about-face, pointing to grand things down the road.
Aimee Mann and Ted Leo are a perfect pairing on their new band's immensely likeable debut.
Carter Girl, plus family and friends, delivers a rousing tribute to personal and family history.
With Midnight Features Vol. 1: Shower Scene, the sample-heavy duo of Lilacs and Champagne prove that their one-of-a-kind sonic can function beyond the realms of the recording studio.
If this is what a Mudhoney shows sounds like these days, then I say hooray for longevity.
Nearly four decades into their career, these veteran garage-rockers haven't lost their knack for creating catchy and infectious tunes.
Los Lonely Boys deliver some of their best work, exhibiting exceptional musicianship on the eclectic yet consistent Revelation.
Greg Dulli, John Curley, and some other guys they're calling the Afghan Whigs channel the rock, soul, and dark undertones of the band's classic work on an excellent quasi-reunion album
Madlib and Freddie Gibbs drop one of the best hip-hop albums in recent memory.
This 12-song, 11-minute album from 2013, now reissued by Slumberland Records, is a quick blast of power-pop in which brief songs become representative but not reflective. They twist or deny our expectations, and are all the stronger for that denial.
Cynic makes technical, progressive sounding music sound fun and emotional. These guys are masterful technical musicians, but more importantly, they are great song writers.
A Scattering Time plays like an emblem of a different era because it is an emblem of no era, a haunting and formless musical work full of pitch-dark textural turns, proggy rhythmic tremors, and a wailing vocal thrust.
The "power jazz" trio reinvents Stravinsky's avant-garde classic in a wholly new way. And darn if it doesn't sound fresh!
Love and Hate offers songs that are mature, but not aged, worldly, but not cynical, in a soundscape that flows with no forcing and no faltering.
This merger of two industrial pioneers can be impressive, but never quite matches the original versions.
Some questionable choices, but otherwise a good place to start in the man's discography.
Wild Moccasins spend half of their debut slavishly recreating early '80s pop, but don't really come to life until they stop doing that later in the album.
Capsule Reviews
Another Generation of Slaves is an overall solid album, a thematic set that glides bittersweetly over you and makes sure to catch you with a barb every once in a while. [14.Apr.14]
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By Monica Corton
When a song becomes forever connected with a product, particularly with the use of a parody lyric, it's deemed “baked” or “overused”. [15.Apr.14]
By Carrie Allen Tipton
With his rendition of "Tennessee Waltz" for his 1964 Copacabana shows, Sam Cooke proceeded to do the impossible: he made the waltz swing. [14.Apr.14]
Columns
In Defense Of…
With the news that the singer-songwriter has passed, it's time to look back on someone Bob Dylan once dubbed 'The Greatest Living Songwriter'. [14.Apr.14]
Ties That Bind
There are times when you hear Kurt Cobain sing that you believe no other voice has ever told the truth about suffering. But it's more complicated than that, isn't it? [06.Apr.14]
From The Blogs
These guitar-based indie pop titans release a delightful new album, discuss the greatness of Tusk, and find a correlation between Macbeth and BASEketball. [16.Apr.14]
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