Kasai Allstars and Brian Eno Reinterpret African Music With a Modern Touch
Published 7/16/2014 at 10:20 a.m. 0 comments
The Kasai Allstars have just released their second album, Beware the Fetish, a remarkable double disc set that stands as the pinnacle of Crammed Disc’s tradi-moderne releases so far.
Owen Pallett’s 'In Conflict' Seamlessly Melds Electronica, Pop, and Classical Influences
Published 6/18/2014 at 9:36 a.m. 0 comments
In Conflict sounds like the album Pallett has been working toward for the last decade.
Swans Reach the Top 40 With the Late-Career Masterpiece 'To Be Kind'
Published 5/28/2014 at 10:52 a.m. 0 comments
To illustrate just how unlikely the recent late-career renaissance of Michael Gira and Swans has been: The band’s new album, To Be Kind (Young God Records), debuted at 38 on Billboard’s album chart earlier this month. That’s by far the ...
Todd Terje Repackages His Best Recent Material in the Disco Grab Bag 'It’s Album Time'
Published 4/16/2014 at 10:26 a.m. 0 comments
There’s a lot of good stuff on Norwegian DJ and producer Todd Terje's anticipated debut album, but most of the best songs have already been released.
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.
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