Tuesday, March 4 2014
As much as critics privilege perceived innovation, how many bands working in the rock/pop idiom truly have developed their own musical language? The Caribbean has.
Rosanne Cash’s conceit is that one has to look outward to see what’s inside. The public landmarks just serve as reminders of one’s private thoughts.
These songs are dull, forgettable, and mostly interchangeable.
Monday, March 3 2014
Drive-By Truckers have lost a songwriter and a guitarist since their last album, but English Oceans finds them adjusting with aplomb and turning out another strong record.
Without a doubt, this is another Real Estate album.
Ava Luna's second full-length release is inconsistent, but when it's on, it does the band's influences proud.
Cantrell expertly blends a host of influences, instruments, and styles into a brilliant country record. Her lovely voice is just the icing.
On Trance Hypothesis, the mystical and the manic intertwine for one of the most rewarding global fusion releases in recent memory.
It may be unfair to hold being merely very good against Dexter Gordon, but if he has better records, this 1955 one is still a crucial document to understanding Gordon's career and, thus, a vital piece of the history of jazz.
Friday, February 28 2014
Winter took his axe to newly discovered worlds of feedback and kept on whacking.
A couple of hipsters write and record music to some old, unpublished folk lyrics. Sound familiar? Well, you ain't heard nothing yet.
Sevenisn’t the utter triumph one might have hoped for, but it sees British soul pop icon Lisa Stansfield artistically reinvigorated, still as vocally divine as she's ever been.
Angélique Kidjo delivers a jubilant affair in Eve celebrating the women of Africa.
Sex and politics find equal footing on Vanessa Daou's latest, a return to her club music roots.
Thursday, February 27 2014
ScHoolboy Q takes everything he's learned in the Top Dawg stable and unleashes it in a very finely tuned burst.
Vertical Scratchers' debut is a perfect rock record because it throws the order and interaction of elements in rock records into doubt.
St. Paul & The Broken Bones keep soul alive and well on debut Half the City
A noisy and occasionally thrilling live set from the Scottish rockers.
Though the music may seem far removed from our present day culture, we can connect to it on a human level. For, these are songs of hardship and joy, regret and celebration – in essence, songs of everyday life.
One of America's best little-known rock 'n' roll bands may not be that way much longer.