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More Beautiful Blues: An Interview with Eels' Mark Oliver Everett
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. [21.Apr.14]
Keb' Mo': BLUESAmericana
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. [21.Apr.14]
Architecture in Helsinki: Now + 4Eva
Lacking their usual frenetic pace and diverse instrumentation, Architecture in Helsinki put out something surprisingly boring [21.Apr.14]
Counterbalance: Disclosure's 'Settle'
When a fire starts to burn, right? And it starts to spread, right? Then it's time for another edition of Counterbalance. This week it's electronic time with a critically acclaimed UK hit from 2013. [18.Apr.14]
Slint: Spiderland: Deluxe Box Set
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. [18.Apr.14]
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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.
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.
Capsule Reviews
The third album by Echaskech, their first since 2009's Shatterproof, sees London producers Dom Hoare and Andy Gillham honing their sound craft with immersive results. [18.Apr.14]
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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]
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]
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
When a fire starts to burn, right? And it starts to spread, right? Then it's time for another edition of Counterbalance. This week it's electronic time with a critically acclaimed UK hit from 2013. [18.Apr.14]
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