Thursday, July 17 2014
Neon Icon showcases all the reasons you love (or hate) RiFF RaFF, but it also proves he can put together a cohesive record.
To measure the success of a jam session is a daunting task. The parameters of success are different than with a composed work, and require a different kind of empathy and listening from both players and audience.
Electronic jazz mashup artist Mark de Clive-Lowe collages together a breathtaking masterpiece.
Give a microphone to a musician and he will record the mortality that surrounds him. Give it to a musician with fear of mortality and he or she will describe what life is all about.
Still more world muzak from the globetrotting English duo.
Wednesday, July 16 2014
This British retro-funk duo has created something unpretentious enough to energize a dance floor at 2 a.m., yet curious enough to suggest there’s something just a tad thornier under the surface.
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.