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 ...
Uncle Acid and Ghost B.C. Try to Stay Mysterious in the Information Age
Published 5/8/2013 at 9:55 a.m. 0 comments
Sometimes the best publicity is no publicity at all. When the British band Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats released its second album, Blood Lust, in 2011, the group was shrouded in mystery—no interviews, no photos, no concerts, no names, even. ...
French Alt-Rock Stars Phoenix Rise Again With 'Bankrupt!'
Published 4/24/2013 at 10:40 a.m. 0 comments
Bankrupt! (Glassnote) is a logical extension of their trademark style, playing like the woozy hangover after Wolfgang’s decadent night out.
Ashley Monroe and the Mavericks Take Advantage of Second Chances
Published 3/13/2013 at 10:49 a.m. 0 comments
Ashley Monroe's new album, Like a Rose (Warner Bros. Nashville), released earlier this month, is even more deeply indebted to hardcore country traditions than the Pistol Annies' Hell on Heels, and while it seems likely to earn Monroe respect from ...
Will Oldham and Dawn McCarthy Present an Unfamiliar Side of the Everly Brothers on 'What the Brothers Sang'
Published 2/20/2013 at 9:42 a.m. 0 comments
It makes a funny sort of sense that singer/songwriter Will Oldham would be an Everly Brothers fan.
British Pop Weirdo Jamie Lidell Channels George Clinton on New Self-Titled Album
Published 2/13/2013 at 10:20 a.m. 0 comments
Part of what’s always made Jamie Lidell so compelling is that he’s so difficult to pigeonhole.
A New Box Set Could Turn Casual Reggae Fans Into Obsessives
Published 1/30/2013 at 11:02 a.m. 0 comments
Reggae Golden Jubilee: Origins of Jamaican Music is not necessarily the best compilation of Jamaican music available, or the best introduction for newcomers. But it is just the thing for casual fans who want to step up to a more ...
The Best Music of 2012
Published 12/26/2012 at 5:00 p.m. 0 comments
The best CDs, mixtapes, and downloads of the year.
New Box Set Highlights the Horror Soundtracks of Italian Weirdos Goblin
Published 12/19/2012 at 9:47 a.m. 0 comments
The Awakening makes a solid case for Goblin as one of the most important independent film-music forces of the late 20th century, alongside Ennio Morricone, Carpenter, and Popol Vuh.
30th Century Man: Scott Walker’s Second Act Continues With 'Bish Bosch'
Published 12/12/2012 at 10:00 a.m. 0 comments
Bish Bosch is a meticulous, intelligent, and generally stupefying addition to what has already been one of the most remarkable second acts in pop-music history
Brian Eno's Returns to Ambient Music With 'Lux'
Published 11/14/2012 at 10:12 a.m. 0 comments
Ever since his earliest years, adding his spacey synth treatments to Roxy Music’s polarizing art rock, Eno’s been a musical provocateur, pushing listeners to question traditions and extend the boundaries of what constitutes pop music. But in 2012, Eno’s influence ...
Bat for Lashes' Kate Bush Obsession Provides Diminishing Returns on 'The Haunted Man'
Published 10/24/2012 at 10:05 a.m. 0 comments
On her third album as Bat for Lashes, The Haunted Man, Natasha Khan takes her Kate Bush obsession to new extremes with diminishing returns, channeling her fairy godmother’s brooding soundscapes and ’80s-style production but little of her sensual melodic catharsis.