Wednesday, August 13 2014
Rising emo band tackles an iconic set of songs from Weezer's "Blue Album" a bit too gently.
Steve Wynn continues to follow his muse, this time to Spain, for a couple of reinvigorating albums released on these shores for the first time.
There’s a Blue Bird in My Heart is packed with sucker punches and subtle jabs. Filled with sound and fury, no final blow is ever delivered, but, nonetheless, Parker has created a knockout.
Carnivalesque pop music filtered through an eccentric lineage that defies categorization and transcends time. A good thing since it was recorded 20 years ago and is only just now seeing the light of day.
Tuesday, August 12 2014
After an eight-year gap, Dilated Peoples are back and picking up right where they left off.
By whitewashing lies and deceit with hopeful, sorry songs, the homogenized A Life Worth Living resonates as false.
Veteran Congolose singer and band's seventh album, a gloriously international affair.
Avery Sunshine makes her audience feel at home on the warm, uplifting The SunRoom.
Although over 30 releases already bear Van Ronk's name, including several wonderful live discs, Omnivore Records has issued a new one.
Monday, August 11 2014
Jersey boys' fifth flirts outrageously with flamenco, Hi-NRG, dubstep and Oompah. No, not really.
Kingfisher is absolutely fabulous and a thrilling discovery.
Despite a center stage spotlight viewed by millions, former The Voice contestants often fail to build a fan base outside the narrow scope of the network lens.
A terrific, powerful pianist has his tunes revved up for big band: loose and grand.
Reverie and its new sound may throw some old fans, but that’s a good thing.
Friday, August 8 2014
Mystery Girl, possibly one of the few ‘80s pop masterpieces, makes it to a deluxe version, with an expanded CD and DVD documentary. If only we could always live in dreams.
Chicago's Twin Peaks sophomore release offers a fascinating glimpse of where they've been and what the future might hold.
Like the imagery evoked by their name, Melted Toys make lethargic indie rock steeped in warm summer afternoons and nostalgia.
This is a disc that invites you to sit down, have a cup of tea and just listen.
A stunning retrospective, capturing a pivotal time in the career of one of the most important bands in American roots history.
Thursday, August 7 2014
On their sixth LP, the Rosebuds have fine-tuned that balance of intimacy/art, not by lessening either but by heightening both.