Tuesday, November 19 2013
Barbez seek out inspiration between the cracks of Hasidic history.
Renowned DJ, producer, and label head makes his first real album-length statement, and it's a shaggy, craggy wonder.
Monday, November 18 2013
Because of both the theatrical side and her careful wavering between directness and fanciful wanderings, this is perhaps Josephine Foster's most fun album.
Dev Hynes, who has developed into a venerable pop producer, releases his second album as Blood Orange.
Oud and guitar player Gordon Grdina tries to tell us there's No Difference between his instruments and style. But life's too short to split hairs.
Ghost Avenue lovingly and accurately recreates the sound of '80s hair metal, without any irony. I found that confusing.
Jackson assembles his gang of banging and beeping pals to create something that is undeniably familiar, but fun nonetheless.
An engaging live recording of the John Coltrane Quartet from 1963, lovingly remastered and expanded for the 50th anniversary of its recording.
Friday, November 15 2013
Herein Wild skies above us and we owe it to ourselves to try and give it a reach and let us take it wherever it wants to take us.
The former bassist for Drive-By Truckers exceeds expectations with a strong debut album that mixes country, southern rock, and pop.
From the Ages finds Earthless at their most concentrated, and that distillation of psychedelic rock, stoner metal, and electric blues is a heady brew.
We've taken the talents of the Thing for granted too long. Prepare to face the BOOT!
Glasvegas is a talented band and there are moments of excitement and even flashes of brilliance on their 2013 album. But when they settle into their niche, the overall feel is rather boring.
It's only hindsight that delivers the argument of the test of time, and Things Are Getting Better passes with flying colors.
Thursday, November 14 2013
Eric Pulido, promoted to frontman and performing quite ably, works together with the other five members of the studio and live band to make an impression that he characterizes as "less folk and more rock; less nostalgic and more progressive."
With just enough self-consciousness to shape her stream-of-consciousness songs, it's when indie eccentric Courtney Barnett gets caught up in her own head that her music gets stuck in yours.
Luscious Jackson's first album in almost 15 years was part of a fan-driven campaign. Unfortunately, much of Magic Hour will have fans likely wanting more.
Birdy is attempting to make her mark on her own terms with second album Fire Within, her first release entirely composed of original material. The results are certainly better than you might expect.
Heart of Nowhere, Noah and the Whale’s fourth album, ambitiously takes us into the heart of the teenage dream.
The Vibrators gave us some of the greatest punk singles in history; unfortunately, this collection of re-recordings and lesser lights does them no favors.