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.
Dave Douglas Turns His Trumpet to the Hymnal on 'Be Still'
Published 10/3/2012 at 10:20 a.m. 0 comments
The restless trumpeter, composer, and bandleader Dave Douglas does not make music for lazy listeners. Since 1993, Douglas has released around three dozen recordings under his own name, and has appeared on many more than that as a sideman. About ...
Animal Collective Throws in the Kitchen Sink on the Experimental 'Centipede Hz'
Published 9/12/2012 at 12:47 p.m. 0 comments
Animal Collective embraces messiness and abrasion on its ninth studio album: playing live instruments together in a room for the first time in nearly a decade, downplaying feathery loops and pillowy textures in favor raw muscle and eardrum-busting mayhem.
Lost and Found: You Can't Go Wrong With Can's New Leftovers Collection
Published 8/22/2012 at 10:36 a.m. 0 comments
Can's new three-disc set, The Lost Tapes, includes previously unreleased material recorded between 1969 and 1978 and traces the band’s gradual development from eggheaded garage band to prog-reggae experimentalists and, finally, a proto-ambient ensemble.
Technical Ecstasy: What Counts as Brutal in 2012?
Published 8/1/2012 at 11:24 a.m. 0 comments
What used to come off as a nearly unimaginable extremity—the sort of forbidding musical brutality that Dying Fetus has made its specialty—now can seem almost quaint.