Wednesday, July 16 2014
Remedy is a noble stepping stone between Old Crow Medicine Show's past and future.
Ab-Soul's follow-up to Control System sees him forgetting all quality control.
Severed Heads' "Dead Eyes Opened" was an accidental critical success back in 1983. Relive this modest hit's moment in the sun on a vinyl reissue.
Fuzzed-out guitar riffs. Locked-in rhythm section. Emphasis on slow grooves. Yep, Comet Control is a stoner rock band. A pretty good one, too.
Tuesday, July 15 2014
The spirit of Pete and Toshi Seeger permeated Clearwater Festival as this was the first year without the environmentally conscious folk musician and the filmmaker.
With World Peace Is None of Your Business, Morrissey finds himself becoming lyrically divisive to the point of self-parody.
With the manic drive and creativity of the Dillinger Escape Plan at its best, the Vancouver-based JPNSGRLS craft a pop-punk gem in Circulation.
Hard Believer is about the immersive experience that a cohesive record can offer. It's a top-to-bottom, unhurried listen.
Lucky Peterson is the son of a bluesman. He has the blues in his blood. He says so himself, many times.
This is an album about diversity without intellectual compromises. It is how it is because this is the way it is. There is no re-elaboration or, worse, reinterpretation of the existing aesthetic principles.
Monday, July 14 2014
Black Sabbath, Faith No More, Soundgarden and more: a tale of music and Independence.
Legendary songwriter John Hiatt takes the hard road on Terms of My Surrender, a tough, modern blues contemplation which turns into an exciting heartland roar.
The way Landlady can explode with joy and strangeness puts them on some sort of a pedestal, right from their debut.
When your album highlights sound much like a previous rock incarnation and a pair of fast songs sound like fraternal twins, it’s probably not your best effort.
This is a streamlined collection of a standard sound with some sonic detours into pop territory, and it draws inspiration from both the classic and the contemporary styles of blues.
The second set of Northern Soul-flavored 7x7"-singles from the legendary soul label highlights just how tough it is to consider the Motown sound objectively these days.
Friday, July 11 2014
The seminal bossa-nova record for American audiences still sounds perfect.
Now (Chicago XXXVI) will likely make moms across the land swoon, and that’s pretty much all you can ask from Chicago by this point.
They are Serge Gainsbourg's songs, but it's Harvey’s show, and he does a fine job as frontman throughout.
Watching Eric Elbogen's career has been like watching a turtle come out its shell in slow motion, and Endless Wonder is perhaps Say Hi's most fully realized album to date.