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Tuesday, June 3 2014

Cult of Luna (Beyond the Redshift): 10 May 2014 - London

The grey, liquid rays may envelop the bodies on stage, but the music, tonight, travels faster than the speed of light.


Bob Mould: Beauty & Ruin

Legends like Bob Mould are held to a different standard, and Beauty & Ruin has just raised his bar higher.


Luke Haines: New York in the ‘70s

Brit Luke Haines has the chutzpah to cover such an integral time in cultural and counter-cultural history in New York.


John Doe: The Best of John Doe: This Far

It’s clear that John Doe is a man of many talents – whether it be acting or in a songwriting role – and this compilation is a pretty decent encapsulation of his work outside of X.


Elephant: Sky Swimming

A proper producer works wonders for the London-based dreampop duo's years-in-the-making debut album. Cue ruffled satin sheets.


Abdullah Ibrahim: Mukashi (Once Upon a Time)

The South African pianist crosses cultural boundaries and adds a new, gentle set of chamber sounds on this lovely, delicate recording.


Hark: Crystalline

Looking for your rocking summer soundtrack? This might be it.


Monday, June 2 2014

Fucked Up: Glass Boys

With Glass Boys, the question of how to follow up the rock opera epic David Comes to Life is less about musical format and more about an existential crisis for Fucked Up.


Priests: Bodies and Control and Money and Power EP

The newest EP from these DC punks is heavy on rage and passion, but the notes they hit are all too familiar.


Mayhem: Esoteric Warfare

Quite frankly, there is nothing on Esoteric Warfare which has not been conceived, done and reiterated by the likes of Anaal Nathrakh, Ephel Duath, Sigh and Deathspell Omega.


The Secret Sisters: Put Your Needle Down

The Secrets Sisters' sophomore album is less formulaic and safe than their debut. And the reward trumps the risk.


Sisyphus:  Sisyphus

Baroque pop artist Sufjan Stevens, Chicago rapper Serengeti and New York City electronic musician Son Lux formed this unlikely supergroup at the beginning of the decade.


Friday, May 30 2014

Lee Bains III & the Glory Fires: Dereconstructed

Alabama group serves up some standard, grimy rock, but compels with poignant reflections on southern culture and history.


John Fullbright: Songs

Songs is not so much a veering departure as it is a deliberately studied variation on a theme.


VHS Head: Persistence of Vision

More abstract, sketchbook electronics from VHS tape sampling producer VHS Head.


Crow Bait: Sliding Through the Halls of Fate

This album has plenty of solid and surprising songs, ones that question the limitations of different rock traditions, though they get obscured by the missteps and genre borrowing around them.


Bryan Sutton: Into My Own

Bryan Sutton is somewhat more than your average guitarist. Here, he puts together a glorious, joyous album for all the world to enjoy.


Thursday, May 29 2014

Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis: Our Year

Robison and Willis deliver the goods on Our Year, a beguiling mix of plain Western harmony and swampy groove.


Popstrangers: Fortuna

Popstrangers's second album leaves behind the grinding rock heft of its debut for new pop textures that can be striking.


Brian Eno and Karl Hyde: Someday World

Two naturally complementary collaborators make half of an OK album and half of what could have been one of the best records of the year.


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