Friday, August 1 2014
The fun. guitarist steps out on his own, and the result proves that Nate Ruess isn't the only guy in his other band that can write a stadium-sized hook.
Subtlety was never R. Kelly's strong suit, which is both his greatest gift and his greatest curse.
The alto saxophonist and composer returns with his large band and his “spectral harmony” approach, this time expanded upon with electronic effects.
Thursday, July 31 2014
The veteran Chicago rapper returns to his troubled hometown on a conscious album for a post-conscious age.
Alvvays is an exciting opening album from a band who bring refinement to a genre that make them sound mature beyond their years.
A fine, fine record which could do with a little more pep down the stretch, or a slightly stronger editing hand.
Epiphanies emerge and fade and come back again. The tempo stays steady and deliberate even when individual players pick up speed when adding baroque touches to the composition; an aural rendition of an optical illusion.
By not glossing over the rough patches in a life spent pursuing a childhood dream, Dickinson provides a grounded perspective and lack of hubris on Rock 'n Roll Blues.
Wednesday, July 30 2014
Paul McCartney commanded the stage in Kansas City with an astonishing degree of seemingly effortless finesse. A most glorious concert.
With Cold World, Naomi Shelton and the Gospel Queens deliver funky throwback gospel-tinged soul music of the highest quality.
Unrelentingly pummeling and brutally oppressive, Constricting Rage of the Merciless is a thrilling ride.
Gustavo Santaolalla may have some Grammys, Oscars, and Global Globes at home, but Camino is for himself.
The German synth-pop band pull an unfortunate bait-and-switch.
Akeda seems much less focused on garnering radio hits and more on delving into themes, both lyrically and musically, that Matisyahu has resisted in the past.
If RZA, GZA, and Smoke DZA weren’t enough for you, we’re now throwing SZA into the mix.
Tuesday, July 29 2014
The innovative hip-hop duo from Seattle is back with another genre bending album.
Fresh off a short, aborted stint with the Pixies, Kim Shattuck reforms the Muffs and puts out a very solid album.
McLagan has a pleasantly conversational voice. He’s a tasteful keyboard player. While he may not rock out, there’s a nice sashaying quality to the music.
Jennifer Lopez has lost her steam since Rebirth. On her eighth album, she's never sounded so boring or flimsy.
Long known for performing commissioned works, PRISM Quartet release a double album of original material. It is staggeringly wonderful.