Tuesday, April 1 2014
Backboned with lush layers and driven by dreamy rhythms, the brother-sister-led band takes on a slightly darker indie edge.
More than 40 years later, the saxophonist, activist, and free-jazz pioneer revisits his musical response to the Attica Prison uprising.
Monday, March 31 2014
On 2012's breakthrough Attack on Memory, Cloud Nothings' displayed a visceral, physical angst, focused on a series of anti-mantras. That album's great follow-up, Here and Nowhere Else, reveals the frantic mindset behind those calls to (in)action.
Quixotic (and that's just the name of the record label!) and plough-your-own-furrow he may be. But Glenn Tilbrook has the matchless quality to write a tune to his own enduring voice.
Holtkamp, of the duo Mountains, once again blurs the line between organic and electronic on Motion, an album that becomes a fascinating series of reversals and inversions.
While Cheatahs' self-titled debut might be in need of some streamlining, there are a few stunners hiding within this shoegaze release.
A stripped down version of this overwrought and over-weighted album could have provided a way out of Nashville's doldrums.
Friday, March 28 2014
Recorded just months after Bitches Brew and available in their entirely for the first time, these sets show that if Davis was a mad scientist in the studio, he was still a sorcerer on stage.
The DFA producer is weighed down by his guests on his second album.
The astonishing pianist brings out two different trios, some strings, percussion, and native Panamanian chant to celebrate the anniversary of his homeland.
There's a lot of beauty on the second album by this Brooklyn band, but the songs suffer from a museum-like coldness.
If you care a thing for rock ‘n’ roll, country, or American music in general, No Depression is simply essential.
Thursday, March 27 2014
Easily one of the best albums of the year thus far, few debut records brush up against perfection as effortlessly as Mr Little Jeans’ Pocketknife.
"Hey Howler, what are you rebelling against?" "What a-ya got?"
Yet another fuzzy "Girls" group shows on their debut album that they can hold their own.
Drew Beskin turns heartbreak into an album of hugely enjoyable songs.
The group has been gelling again over the past two years and the results are evident here with a mix of fresh new tunes and a handful of sharp covers.
Wednesday, March 26 2014
The singer/bassist for British indie-rock anthemists Doves catches the sun on his first solo album, a warm, eye-opening affair.
For all of its faults, this album speaks to the variety of Cash's immense body of work in a way that the much-celebrated Rick Rubin recordings simply do not.
Big Scary continues their musical pastiche adventure, employing Iansek's raspy falsetto, minimalist drum lines and inventive, affecting piano interludes to create a compact work of commendable ingenuity