Wednesday, February 18 2015
While Six Organs of Admittance do an admirable job of crafting big walls of feedback and drones over which to jam, the tracks on Hexadic tend to meander and stumble around without really going anywhere.
Another inward-looking, yet inviting collection from Joseph O'Connell’s idiosyncratic DIY project Elephant Micah. Fans of introspective, late-night lo-fi should seek this out.
An all-grown-up Andrew McMahon forgets the appeal in keeping parts of himself forever young.
Tuesday, February 17 2015
What better way to spend Valentine’s Night than in the company of the amazing Barb Jungr, singing songs of love and loss?
Felicity Jones' remarkable performance can't save The Theory of Everything, in large part because the film doesn't fully commit to her own point of view.
José González delivers a lovely and dreamy set of songs defined by their humble grace.
Paul Strohm's Chaucer's Tale tells how Chaucer's fall from political favor in London elevated his literary ambitions in rural retreat.
Wrinkle Neck Mules take their Southern pedigree seriously, mining a rural sound that's chock full of back porch sensibilities.
Feedback-laden '90s touchstones are in full effect here. Too bad strong songwriting is in shorter supply.
Little band, strange name, BIG sound.
The Voice rocker James Wolpert releases an astoundingly legit solo debut.
Monday, February 16 2015
Forget the prequels. Even when he's on the Emperor's bad side, this is the Darth Vader that everyone wants to see.
Walter Isaacson's The Innovators explores the history of the digital age as told through the intertwined lives of the men and women who created it.
Part murder-mystery, part erotic fever dream, La Belle Captive is a sumptuous nightmare.
EarthEE, the duo's second album, creates its own singular space, one just as challenging, engaging, and revolutionary as its predecessor.
The Brooklyn-based noise-rock band try for a leaner, more focused sound, but they often find themselves missing the atmosphere of their earlier work.
The guitar playing is impressive, but the loose and self-indulgent nature of these compositions will test the listener's patience.
Cursive's much-loved rage cannon of a record has been remastered, allowing one to hear every mangled guitar chord, every abused organ note, every polyp in Kasher's throat. It's makes a legendarily bilious album even more so, like watching surgery in HD.
Nerina Pallot releases the last two EPs of her 12-EP project: a live EP and some final studio recordings.
Friday, February 13 2015
Kingsman is a cut above the usual winter flicks, but it's also flummoxed by its inability to maintain it subversive tone.