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We Just Kinda Broke All the Rules: An Interview with Lucinda Williams
Throughout her long and legendary career, Lucinda Williams has garnered a reputation for dismissing any notions of rules, expectations, or boundaries. [17.Oct.14]
Counterbalance: 'The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan'
Well, I remember seein’ some ad so I turned on my Conelrad but I didn’t pay my Con Ed bill so the radio didn’t work so well. Turned on my record player—it was the 929th most acclaimed album of all time. Dylan's 1963 breakthrough is this week's Counterbalance. [17.Oct.14]
Ry Cooder: Soundtracks
Rhino’s seven CD retrospective box set Soundtracks covers off the bulk of Ry Cooder’s ‘80s film work. Interesting and varied, this is a worthy re-issue. [17.Oct.14]
The Aislers Set: How I Learned to Write Backwards
Even though How I Learned to Write Backwards is arguably the band's darkest hour, it's still affirming and affecting, the final piece in a wonderful trilogy of albums. [17.Oct.14]
Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey: Worker
The constantly morphing new jazz trio moves into deeply atmospheric, electronic territory and dares you to follow. [17.Oct.14]
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Rhino’s seven CD retrospective box set Soundtracks covers off the bulk of Ry Cooder’s ‘80s film work. Interesting and varied, this is a worthy re-issue.
Even though How I Learned to Write Backwards is arguably the band's darkest hour, it's still affirming and affecting, the final piece in a wonderful trilogy of albums.
The constantly morphing new jazz trio moves into deeply atmospheric, electronic territory and dares you to follow.
This EP bears the mark of idle hands merely wanting to keep busy.
The latest from M.C. Taylor and Scott Hirsch's country-leaning band serves as an re-introduction and a rebirth for their signature sound.
When playing corridos, one must be absolutely modern. If you play them as hard as possible, that helps.
From the club to the bedroom, the Bloc Party frontman explores the empty sensuality of sleeping with complete strangers.
Johnny Marr's second solo album suggests a consummate musician becoming more comfortable with his solo status.
Bestial Burden really knows how to work a mood, and beat that sense of claustrophobic misery right into the ground.
These Birmingham lads mine their musical past to create a sound in keeping with their influences without straying too far from established templates, finding comfort in familiarity.
A long-shelved power pop gem gets its chance to shine.
Trigger Hippy's roots run deep and the down-and-dirty, soul-tinged blues they rock is the real deal.
Try as you might to take Foxygen's ...And Star Power at face value, it's hard to because the mischievous duo does everything but play it straight on the 82-minute double LP.
Coma Witch is a bracing, unapologetic, mesmerizing album. And it could very well be easily one of the best metal albums of the year.
I’ll Be the Tornado is an enrapturing album, and one that you simply must hear with your mind and your heart.
Vashti Bunyan is given the final word on a sporadic yet influential career with the organic swan song Heartleap.
Sarah Silverman's second HBO special/comedy album gives us another healthy helping of rape, incest, oral sex, profanity and jokes about Jews. In other words, Sarah Silverman being herself.
Nation isn't an opus. It's a warning.
The revamped Pixies prove there's plenty of fuel left in the tank yet.
By Guy Mankowski
Gazelle Twin's Unflesh is as immaculate as a hotel in a JG Ballard novel, and just as bloody scary.
Deathless should cement Revocation as one of the top metal bands in the world, if they haven’t already reached such lofty heights on previous releases.
Aldean's personal life, and Nashville's change of direction, isolate the listener and reinforce stereotypes.
Abaporu is a record that, despite all of its differing hues, manages to come across as a unified mosaic of sound.
The jazz trio, supplemented by frequent partner John Scofield, put out another appealing blend of jazz and groove music -- a flavorful if somewhat slight version of what they do best.
Texas in July is so lifeless that not even the transfusion of a whole new line-up can revive this corpse.
OK Go successfully dips a toe into synth-rock without forgetting their power-pop roots, yet they still manage to include a small handful of outright clunkers.
How many times can you challenge your audience to join you at the top of the room before these big moves become big tropes?
The Canadian singer-songwriter decides that pop music is no place for individualism or high-energy performances on her third album.
The latest from Philadelphia guitar wizard Mike Polizze gives voice to his catchy, pop-loving side.
Fly guy Mark Turner makes a sparse quartet really work for him and you.
FaltyDL's newest floats around without aim or interest.
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By August Brown
On a quiet Tuesday night in September, in an overly air-conditioned Mid-City recording studio, DJ Mustard was alone and preparing to work.… [15.Oct.14]
Features
Throughout her long and legendary career, Lucinda Williams has garnered a reputation for dismissing any notions of rules, expectations, or boundaries. [16.Oct.14]
By David Chiu
Lara Meyerratken, the Los Angeles-by way of-Australia indie pop musician, returns with her first new album in four years. [15.Oct.14]
Columns
Continental Drift
Spanish punkers came swinging harder than ever, screaming not for the sake of inducing change, but screaming for the sake of screaming – because now they could. [15.Oct.14]
The Weapon of the Future
Hip-hop appeals to those who feel powerless and disenfranchised, which is why ISIS looks to hip-hop communities as potential recruiting grounds. [06.Oct.14]
From The Blogs
Well, I remember seein’ some ad so I turned on my Conelrad but I didn’t pay my Con Ed bill so the radio didn’t work so well. Turned on my record player—it was the 929th most acclaimed album of all time. Dylan's 1963 breakthrough is this week's Counterbalance. [17.Oct.14]
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