Deer Tick: 'Divine Providence'
Published 11/2/2011 at 10:19 a.m. 0 comments
This Rhode Island quintet’s fourth full-length is jam-packed with bouts of chronic stupidity.
My Brightest Diamond: 'All Things Will Unwind'
Published 10/26/2011 at 10:06 a.m. 0 comments
Shara Worden’s classically rubbed art-rock is so precious, it could crumble if you listened to it too hard.
Darius Jones Trio: 'Big Gurl (Smell My Dream)'
Published 10/26/2011 at 10:03 a.m. 0 comments
There’s a cry at the heart of alto saxophonist Darius Jones’ sound.
The Jayhawks: 'Mockingbird Time'
Published 10/19/2011 at 11:31 a.m. 0 comments
There are a lot of nice tunes here, and a lot of lyrics that bear the imprint of mid-life reckoning with love, death, failure, and the small joys of life.
Casiokids: 'Aabenbaringen over aaskammen'
Published 10/19/2011 at 11:12 a.m. 0 comments
The third full-length from this Norwegian synth-pop quartet might be an exotic mouthful as far as pronunciation goes, but the slick grooves found within speak a universal tongue.
Matthew Herbert: 'One Pig'
Published 10/12/2011 at 10:34 a.m. 0 comments
A disquieting electronic album built around the life and death of a single animal.
Bill Orcutt: 'How the Thing Sings'
Published 10/12/2011 at 10:31 a.m. 0 comments
Depending on how literally you want to take it, the “thing” referenced in the title could be Bill Orcutt’s guitar, a battered acoustic with the A and D strings missing. Or maybe the “thing” is Orcutt himself, the former guitarist ...
Mastodon: 'The Hunter'
Published 10/5/2011 at 11:02 a.m. 0 comments
After nearly a decade of increasing complexity, Atlanta master heshers Mastodon sort of dial it back on their fifth album.
The Mekons: 'Ancient & Modern'
Published 10/5/2011 at 10:25 a.m. 0 comments
The Mekons aren’t my favorite band because I believe they’ve made the best music ever. But I can’t think of a cooler band.
P.G. Six: Starry Mind
Published 9/28/2011 at 9:38 a.m. 0 comments
Pat Gubler, a veteran of the now-defunct New York avant/psychedelic-folk group Tower Recordings who performs and records as P.G. Six, has gradually updated his sound over the course of a decade and five solo albums.
Discharge: Disentesise/War Is Hell
Published 9/28/2011 at 9:35 a.m. 0 comments
These two new reissues capture some of the band’s peak moments since reforming in 2001.
Published 9/21/2011 at 9:29 a.m. 0 comments
Krallice advances its own BM-influenced heaviness agenda with the kind of spacious (and non-dogmatic) touches that can only open more ears and blow more minds.
Published 9/21/2011 at 9:24 a.m. 0 comments
California noise-rock duo Hella specializes in the sort of pulverizing sounds that will either, like, totally blow you away, man, or like, totally make you hit eject within the first 30 seconds.
Jay-Z and Kanye West: 'Watch the Throne'
Published 9/14/2011 at 10:17 a.m. 0 comments
Watch the Throne is neither crazy nor consequential. It doesn’t pretend to be. It really serves only one purpose, aside from furthering the fame of two rappers who are already bumping their heads on the fame ceiling: They got to ...
The Rapture: 'In the Grace of Your Love'
Published 9/14/2011 at 10:09 a.m. 0 comments
It’s been a whopping five years since New York City dance revivalists the Rapture tickled the eardrums of trendy postgrads in girls’ jeans.