Leonard Cohen Revisits Familiar Themes on 'Old ideas'
Published 2/15/2012 at 12:05 p.m. 0 comments
The old-age album is fast becoming a genre of its own, and it is fascinating to see how these icons who have shaped our culture confront old age.
Newly Discovered Music by Folk Icon Karen Dalton Does Little to Dispel Her Mystery
Published 1/25/2012 at 10:33 a.m. 0 comments
Reportedly recorded in 1966 in a Colorado cabin (with electricity but no running water), the recordings were warm-ups for a gig, and thus never intended to be released as an official album. As such, they have a charming lo-fi quality ...
Rocket From the Tombs: 'The Day the Earth Met the Rocket From the Tombs'
Published 1/4/2012 at 11:47 a.m. 0 comments
By the usual pop-music standards, Cleveland’s Rocket From the Tombs barely even counted as a band during its first incarnation, from 1974 to 1975. The group never officially released any music at all, never recorded anything beyond a handful of ...
Best of 2011: Music
Published 12/28/2011 at 12:00 p.m. 0 comments
Our critics pick the best albums of the year.
Kate Bush: '50 Words for Snow'
Published 12/14/2011 at 10:42 a.m. 0 comments
It may be true, as one British critic sniffed, that Bush no longer knows how to write pop songs. More to the point, I’d say that the 53-year-old singer no longer cares.
The Beach Boys: 'The Smile Sessions'
Published 11/30/2011 at 11:14 a.m. 0 comments
Capitol’s new restoration of Smile finally offers what rock geeks had only dared dream: a flatly definitive version of what should have ended up being the American Sgt. Pepper.
Thee Oh Sees: 'Carrion Crawler/The Dream'
Published 11/30/2011 at 11:12 a.m. 0 comments
Even when Thee Oh Sees pretend to expand their sound, they’re still shit-kicking the same old garage-bound rock they were banging out on their first LP.
Dumb Lunch: 'Everywhere We Go It Sounds Like...'
Published 11/23/2011 at 1:46 p.m. 0 comments
Local weirdo hip-hop trio Dumb Lunch’s second album is just as woozy and psychedelic as its predecessor, Royal Blunts, released earlier this year.
Korallreven: 'An Album by Korallreven'
Published 11/23/2011 at 1:42 p.m. 0 comments
An Album by Korallreven kicks off with the glorious “As Young as Yesterday,” an epic voyage of synth-pads and electro-sprinkles and beats that skitter across the stereo spectrum like 3D snowflakes.
Justice: 'Audio, Video, Disco'
Published 11/23/2011 at 1:39 p.m. 0 comments
For a duo of French beatmakers trying by default to escape Daft Punk’s shadow, Justice spends much of its sophomore album following up on the promise of that group’s Alive 2007, which blurred forever the line between rave and live ...
Atlas Sound: 'Parallax'
Published 11/16/2011 at 10:08 a.m. 0 comments
Parallax is vintage Cox—a potent mix of throbbing psychedelia, experimentation, and razor-sharp pop hooks.
Miranda Lambert: 'Four the Record'
Published 11/16/2011 at 10:01 a.m. 0 comments
The cover of Miranda Lambert’s fourth album shows the singer walking away from a vintage car on fire. It’s an update of her arrival on the country music scene back in 2005 with the incendiary honky-tonk firebug revenge fantasy “Kerosene.” ...
Kathrn Calder: 'Bright and Vivid'
Published 11/9/2011 at 10:23 a.m. 0 comments
For a singer with a voice this gorgeous, for a songwriter with melodies this striking, Kathryn Calder sure does like noise.
Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats: 'Blood Lust'
Published 11/9/2011 at 10:21 a.m. 0 comments
Uncle Acid traffics in occult classic rock, drawing its inspiration from Hammer horror films, the Stooges, the first four Black Sabbath albums, and The Satanic Bible.
The Dex Romweber Duo: 'Is That You in the Blue?'
Published 11/2/2011 at 10:21 a.m. 0 comments
The second album from former Flat Duo Jets frontman Dexter Romweber and his sister, Sara, is a tour through Romweber’s career, from the unhinged punkabilly and psychotic country of his earliest lo-fi recordings to the swinging lounge- and surf-inflected jazz-rock ...