Tuesday, June 17 2014
With cross-cutting vocal harmonies and menacing purity, This Love is a cohesive statement by a band that is a welcomed voice in a genre of acoustic clutter.
This is the kind of record, if not to take in the car with you, then to listen to on a Friday afternoon, knocking back a few beers after a long week’s worth of work.
Monday, June 16 2014
Occasionally uninspired lyrical content aside, Lana Del Rey's Ultraviolence is a beautiful argument for her relevance and her potential longevity.
The legendary band allocates the oddities of their underdog years, shining a light on the scrappier side of R.E.M.
Lost in Cyco City, aside from a theatrical and cheesy intro to opening track "The Ugly" is basically an album that is mostly killer, with little filler.
The "downtown" guitarist works at the white-hot center of the jazz tradition in this swinging, out, tender, essential live recording from the jazz basement of legend.
Thee Oh Sees made a studio album. It's different in the right way.
Your new soundtrack to feeling sorry for yourself.
Friday, June 13 2014
In light of the major achievement that is 2012's Weather Systems and 2013's live album Universal, distant satellites feels minor in comparison. But this is still Anathema, so bring some tissues.
With Emma Jean, Lee Fields and the Expressions deliver their best release yet, giving a master class in retro-soul that sets the bar very high for their like-minded contemporaries.
Adding new textures and the vocal talents of Brianna Collins, Tigers Jaw does the impossible, and that is evolve without leaving anything behind.
This is quite enjoyable on its own terms, so long as you don’t mind the odd copycat moment or the fact that this moves at the speed of a car stuck in neutral.
Fans and critics consider the music on these three discs, dated from 1935 to 1939 when she first signed to Brunswick Records, the cream of Holiday’s recordings.
Thursday, June 12 2014
On their sophomore album, Craft Spells leave the synth-pop behind and end up undergoing one of the most remarkable between-album evolutions in recent memory.
They’re not monsters, they’re just ahead of the curve.
Camper Van Beethoven swiftly deliver a follow-up to La Costa Perdida. Even if they don't sound like their 1986 selves, they still manage to sound like no one else.
Veteran UK drum 'n' beats man, MC Fats, in collaboration with an all-star line up of producers, delivers part three of his enduring legacy.
After five studio albums, the Screaming Females have finally distilled the essence of their sound into a single record.
Wednesday, June 11 2014
The Fresh & Onlys continue a winning streak with the introspective House of Spirits.
On Röyksopp and Robyn's latest collaboration, the idea and the execution somehow didn’t quite find common ground.