Reviews

Rui Gabriel Comes of Age on the Reflective Triumph ‘Compassion’

Rui Gabriel Comes of Age on the Reflective Triumph ‘Compassion’

It’s not easy to make a record that can soundtrack a barbecue and also provide balm for a dark night of the soul, but Rui Gabriel’s solo debut does just that.

Kasabian Deliver Infectious Grooves on ‘Happenings’

Kasabian Deliver Infectious Grooves on ‘Happenings’

Conceived in a spirit of celebration, Kasabian’s eighth LP is a concise, stadium-friendly set of danceable, infectiousness pop-rock for life’s brighter moments.

Pandora Boxx Offers a Smile and a Laugh With Debut Album

Pandora Boxx Offers a Smile and a Laugh With Debut Album

Amidst culture wars and an uncertain time for LGBTQ people, Drag Race fan favorite Pandora Boxx releases an album of funny comedy songs and catchy dance tunes.

Championing Change: Eddie Ahn’s Graphic Memoir ‘Advocate’

Championing Change: Eddie Ahn’s Graphic Memoir ‘Advocate’

With his graphic memoir Advocate, Eddie Ahn invites readers to contemplate the complexities of pursuing social justice within a profit-driven world.

Fire-Toolz’s ‘Breeze’ Dares to Imagine Joy Within Chaos

Fire-Toolz’s ‘Breeze’ Dares to Imagine Joy Within Chaos

It’s a rare artist indeed who can turn tools for expressing existential dread toward a grateful appreciation of life, but Fire-Toolz accomplishes this on Breeze.

Travis’ Tenth Studio Album ‘L.A. Times’ Lacks Consistency

Travis’ Tenth Studio Album ‘L.A. Times’ Lacks Consistency

L.A. Times finds Travis inspired but in need of direction on what could be a transitional album in their career. They do take more risks than in over a decade.

Fanny’s Continuing Career Coda Features Live 1970s Performances

Fanny’s Continuing Career Coda Features Live 1970s Performances

All-female 1970s rock band Fanny share their early performances on a stunning new CD set. They have power and swagger here and mesh perfectly on every number.

Lindsey Drager’s ‘The Avian Hourglass’ Is Wonderfully Weird

Lindsey Drager’s ‘The Avian Hourglass’ Is Wonderfully Weird

While navigating many odd circumstances, Lindsey Drager’s The Avian Hourglass provides a continuous stream of consciousness; scientific, literary, and philosophical.

‘No Songs Tomorrow’ Compiles the Best of 1980s Darkwave

‘No Songs Tomorrow’ Compiles the Best of 1980s Darkwave

No Songs Tomorrow, a new compilation from Cherry Red Records, offers a new perspective on darkwave, coldwave, and other ethereal delights from the 1980s.

Gabriel Birnbaum’s New LP Is Filled with Deep Emotion

Gabriel Birnbaum’s New LP Is Filled with Deep Emotion

Gabriel Birnbaum takes many aspects of rock, folk, and indie music that everyone is familiar with and subtly rearranges them in ways we never thought possible.

Phish Inspire Instrumentally, Falter Lyrically on ‘Evolve’

Phish Inspire Instrumentally, Falter Lyrically on ‘Evolve’

The verdict on Evolve is what so many people have given Phish in the past: the instrumentals are fabulous, but the lyrics leave something to be desired.

The Mysterines’ New LP Is Moodier, Darker, and Slower

The Mysterines’ New LP Is Moodier, Darker, and Slower

The Mysterines’ new record is the aural equivalent of a spooky, creaky old house—at an amusement park. It gets the look and feel right, but it’s artifice.