Monday, February 23 2015
How many modern electronic/downtempo acts take their primary inspiration from the Afrocentric American painter Romare Bearden? At least one.
London-based Doe resurrects '90s punk with a compilation of their First Four EPs.
The trumpeter, brother of guitarists Kevin and trombonist Robin, leads a sharp band of top players, and the result is a gem.
This year is barely eight weeks old, but Redemption of the Beast will likely be the worst rap album of the year.
Friday, February 20 2015
Although the "Great White Hope" overtones are troubling, McFarland, USA trumps the racism of its antagonists with sports team-building.
Julianne Moore's luminous performance as a woman with early onset Alzheimer's reveals how the disease makes it difficult to find oneself.
Hot Tub Time Machine 2 will be clever only to those who never outgrew hearing their first dirty joke at summer camp.
The zombies here aren't monsters, they're just another kind of terrorist.
In pure madcap fashion, Preston Sturges' wartime comedy depicts just how absurd the constraints on women are in a patriarchal society.
The latest project by metal titan Aaron Turner may be rough around the edges, but it's a thrilling enough ride to merit ignoring the bumps.
A sprawling, hits-heavy live album reminiscent of classic rock’s golden era, Phosphorescent’s Live at the Music Hall serves as a near-perfect introduction to this exceptional band.
Imagine rockabilly with punk overtones and you have this album, a foot-stomping, ass-shaking thing of beauty.
Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver show how it's done with traditional bluegrass anthems on In Session.
Hyperview, the third studio album by the punk outfit Title Fight, finds the band wandering in a more melodious direction, for better or worse.
Thursday, February 19 2015
Timbuktu shows how the most intense religious conflicts are often fought without much reason or thought.
The issue with this ostensible haunting in Black Wood is not a paucity of dollars in the budget, but rather of tension, drama, and ideas.
Boston's Krill gives us a healthy dose of existentialist objectivity masquerading in post-punk grit -- and maybe one of the most singular albums we'll see this year.
The first Juliana Hatfield Three album in over 21 years suggests a timelessness, a pop sensibility that forgets scene in favor of hitting you with pure hooks in the here and now.
Carl Barat, of Libertines and Dirty Pretty Things fame, blazes a furious, punk-inflected trail with a new band of sidemen.
Johannes Fried's erudite study traces our evolution towards reason, worldwide exploration, and rational procedures to a dynamic medieval period.