Tuesday, June 3 2014
The grey, liquid rays may envelop the bodies on stage, but the music, tonight, travels faster than the speed of light.
Legends like Bob Mould are held to a different standard, and Beauty & Ruin has just raised his bar higher.
Brit Luke Haines has the chutzpah to cover such an integral time in cultural and counter-cultural history in New York.
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.
A proper producer works wonders for the London-based dreampop duo's years-in-the-making debut album. Cue ruffled satin sheets.
The South African pianist crosses cultural boundaries and adds a new, gentle set of chamber sounds on this lovely, delicate recording.
Looking for your rocking summer soundtrack? This might be it.
Monday, June 2 2014
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.
The newest EP from these DC punks is heavy on rage and passion, but the notes they hit are all too familiar.
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 Secrets Sisters' sophomore album is less formulaic and safe than their debut. And the reward trumps the risk.
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
Alabama group serves up some standard, grimy rock, but compels with poignant reflections on southern culture and history.
Songs is not so much a veering departure as it is a deliberately studied variation on a theme.
More abstract, sketchbook electronics from VHS tape sampling producer VHS Head.
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 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
Robison and Willis deliver the goods on Our Year, a beguiling mix of plain Western harmony and swampy groove.
Popstrangers's second album leaves behind the grinding rock heft of its debut for new pop textures that can be striking.
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.