The Numero Group Takes a Weird, Heavy Turn With 'Darkscorch Canticles'
Published 3/5/2014 at 9:57 a.m. 0 comments
The Numero Group’s new anthology of gloriously gloomy ’70s hard rock is probably the weirdest thing to come from the esteemed Chicago reissue label yet.
Neneh Cherry's Unlikely Comeback Continues With 'Blank Project'
Published 2/26/2014 at 10:21 a.m. 0 comments
Neneh Cherry’s new album—her first solo disc in 18 years—is the second part of a major comeback effort that should help put her entire career in a new perspective.
Alcest, Sunn O))), and Ulver Ditch the Leather and Chains
Published 2/12/2014 at 9:55 a.m. 0 comments
On its new album, Shelter, the French band Alcest has shed all of the metal trappings that appeared on its previous records for shimmering, major-key shoegaze and dream-pop bliss.
'Oxford American' Explores Tennessee’s Music Legacy—and Gets It Half Wrong
Published 1/2/2014 at 11:15 a.m. 1 comment
It seems barely adequate to say that Tennessee has a deep and important music history. From the Bristol Sessions and W.C. Handy to the Grand Ole Opry and Stax Records, from Roy Acuff to Big Star to Three 6 Mafia, ...
The Best Music of 2013
Published 12/26/2013 at 10:00 a.m. 0 comments
Our critics pick the best albums of 2013.
Bear Family’s Deluxe Johnson City Sessions Box Sheds Light on East Tennessee’s Country Roots
Published 12/4/2013 at 9:35 a.m. 0 comments
Its hard to talk about the Johnson City sessions without making obvious comparisons with the famous Bristol sessions. After all, Johnson City is just 25 miles down the road, and both sessions happened in the span of just three years. ...
Bill Orcutt Finds New Life in Old Forms While the Necks Go Long(er)
Published 11/20/2013 at 10:05 a.m. 0 comments
Even in an era lousy with steel-string acoustic guitarists exploring the roots-based, exploration-minded bent that John Fahey pioneered 50 years ago, Bill Orcutt stands out.
After Almost 40 years, More Motörhead Isn’t Necessarily Better
Published 10/23/2013 at 10:19 a.m. 0 comments
The brand-new Aftershock is one of the better recent Motörhead albums. But is that enough?
Three Veteran Bands From the Furthest Edges of Rock Confirm Their Relevance
Published 10/2/2013 at 10:31 a.m. 0 comments
Surgical Steel (Nuclear Blast) should blow anyone expecting a nostalgic reverie back about five steps. In fact, it’s soon clear that a coupla dudes on the far side of 40 went and waxed one of the best, most vital metal ...
Bill Callahan and Richard Youngs Demonstrate Two Very Different Approaches to the Singer/Songwriter Tradition
Published 9/25/2013 at 10:58 a.m. 0 comments
Dream River (Drag City) is Callahan’s 15th full-length record, and it is a good one, but many of the songs seem interchangeable with material from his last few albums.
Return of the King: A New Box Set Uncovers Elvis' '70s Stax Sesssion
Published 9/4/2013 at 10:32 a.m. 2 comments
Overlooked at the time and mostly forgotten since, despite deluxe reissues a few years ago, the three albums Elvis Presley recorded at Stax in 1973 are a significant part of what should be remembered as Elvis’ prime years.
Raspberry Bulbs Beat Pop. 1280 in the New Noise-Rock Race
Published 8/14/2013 at 10:08 a.m. 0 comments
The bleak worldview shared by Pop. 1280 frontman Chris Bug and guitarist Ivan Lip doesn’t really stand up to scrutiny unless you’re a pissed-off teenager.
Guitar Heroes: New Albums From Doc Watson, Jenks Miller, and Bill Frisell
Published 7/31/2013 at 10:20 a.m. 0 comments
Doc Watson was a virtuoso, an encyclopedia of traditional Appalachian music, and a living, breathing embodiment of the 1960s folk revival. That is, he was kind of boring.
Summer Jams: Daft Punk, Robin Thicke, and Miguel Compete for Song of the Summer
Published 7/3/2013 at 9:21 a.m. 0 comments
Naming the definitive song of any summer is an imprecise and imperfect formulation.
The Fall's Recent Winning Streak Comes to an End With Lackluster 'Re-Mit'
Published 6/12/2013 at 11:08 a.m. 1 comment
The Fall is a paradox, remarkable as much for its consistency—the British band has released an album every year or two for more than three decades, dating all the way back to 1979’s Live at the Witch Trials—as for its ...
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