Tuesday, November 5 2013
Dynamics has a few decent songs, some filler, and nothing that will alter your perception of music.
Monday, November 4 2013
The most telling line on Matangi is when M.I.A. boasts, "If you're gonna be me, you need a manifesto," because it's ironic that she's not really able to articulate a statement of purpose for herself on her latest album.
Lanterns is full of impressive and admirable post-rock concoctions, but the parts are ultimately greater than the sum.
The Ghost of Lester Bangs and Charles Pitter listen to Albert Hammond Jr.’s EP AHJ.
Axel Willner takes us down the rabbit hole of his looping, glitching, twisting mind...
When this longtime L.A. indie band applies the lessons of psychedelic pop, filtered through the jangle of the '80s and '90s that perfected a shambling, graceful honesty on record in New Zealand, Britain, or Australia, its music stands out.
An Anthology of Noise and Electronic Music 7 ends label Sub Rosa's seven volume series of experimental compilations a high, albeit ear-splitting, note.
Friday, November 1 2013
Three decades after its initial release, the 30th Anniversary Edition of Life's a Riot with Spy Vs Spy reminds us that great music holds up, with or without new window dressing.
Kelly Clarkson plays it safe, and spends too much time showing off her upper register, but Wrapped in Red is a warm and romantic addition to the Christmas pop zeitgeist.
The Sadies spent a long time on a short record, throwing all their styles into it, and it's paid off.
Dunedin, New Zealand might be famed for its jingling and jangling indie pop bands, but as Mountaineater’s self-titled debut reminds us, the city has plenty of gigantic and jagged riffs to be discovered too.
Progressive in spirit yet battling the sensibilities of soul, Feel Good exemplifies the modern soul movement.
Jagwar Ma update the Madchester sound on their debut Howlin’, creating vibrant dance rock psychedelia that is as funky as it is beautiful. This album is very much worth your time and attention.
Thursday, October 31 2013
With Arcade Fire becoming Hollywood staples, are they remaining true to their intelligent, independent roots or do they suffer from branching out so far?
Gross Ghost's Public Housing may be fuzzed out, but its more fiberglass insulation than gauze. It may seem comfortable in its catchiness, but make no mistake, there are traces and shards in there, stuff that will cut.
Why would a songwriter who’d built up a respectable career in the indie world torpedo a thoughtful discography with an album that sounds like Paul Simon covering Prince? Well, for one, because it’s awesome.
With Guitar Sounds, I tend to feel like I am gazing into Schneider TM's record collection rather than his brooding, Teutonic brain.
The female trio's new album is equal parts inviting and distanced.
There are many things to value within Sean's second official full-length, but when considering the expectation that found him after such a promising debut, Hall of Fame might be the most successful sophomore slump ever.
Wednesday, October 30 2013
Spencer Krug wields the love song like it's the best sword in his collection.