Wednesday, March 25 2015
Distressing, awkward, disturbing and almost upsetting, this aura of discomfort, if combined with the sound of the term itself (|ˈkɒntrətɒ̃|) is the essence of the music presented by Joel Ebner.
Junior Wells and his men straddle two decades and lay down 15 gems.
Tuesday, March 24 2015
Forgoing the obvious hits and contemporary pop star collaborators, iconoclast Van Morrison raises the bar for what duet albums can and should be.
The assortment of different tunes here suggests McKay understands the complexity of the past and reveals her empathy for a more hopeful time when love and peace were fresh thoughts rather than a debased slogan.
The Brothers Jarman maintain a taut, propulsive sound. There’s no let up at all, and even the more melodic entries maintain a considerable amount of swagger and sway.
Does every album have to be a classic? Minor pleasures are still pleasures, at the end of the day.
The Popguns are an archetypal '80s/'90s Brit indie band who, although they can knock out a passable tune, lack the inspiration or adventure to stray any distance from their fixed musical roots.
Monday, March 23 2015
Even though Courtney Barnett has tightened and punched up her sound, her songwriting still gets stuck in your head because she gets lost in her own imagination.
UK Next Big Indie Thing loves Pavement, whispering, on US reissue of 2014 debut.
Modern jazz's legendary drummer Jack DeJohnette assembles a post-bop dream team from hell.
Americana cult favorite Shakey Graves whets the appetite of his fans with the pleasantly surprising release of the Nobody's Fool EP.
Another confident expression of this couple's quiet command of music and lyrics, Fortune wins us over again.
Friday, March 20 2015
Skip the self-help books on moving through the grieving process and get this album instead.
Elliott Murphy heads back to his debut album, "a lost classic" re-recorded and re-interpreted for the modern age.
Longley’s greatest strength is her ability to share her emotions while never conceding to whatever adversity comes her way.
El Perro Del Mar's self-titled album has its charms, especially in this expanded edition.
Modern French house pioneer and Yeezus co-producer drops his first solo album after years of remixes and singles. Sadly, the result is far too middling.
Thursday, March 19 2015
Stone Jack Jones bestows upon us the truths of human nature that we are too blind ourselves to see.
Spaces Everywhere shows that staying on their own path has served the Monochrome Set well over time.
The four discs on So Many Things find the band looking for some sweet spot between a groove the audience can latch onto and the experimentalism that shaped the early '60s period of Coltrane's career.