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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]
Medeski, Martin & Wood plus Nels Cline: Woodstock Sessions, Vol. 2
The funky organ trio gets together in the studio with a live audience and an adventurous guitarist to break the mold. [18.Apr.14]
Shirin - Take a Bullet (audio) (Premiere)
By PopMatters Staff
British singer Shirin brings glampop back front and center, but she can rock too and sounds like the next in the line of great UK dancepop divas. [18.Apr.14]
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]
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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.
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.
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]
Events
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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
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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