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.
Published 9/7/2011 at 10:36 a.m. 0 comments
High-energy burners like “Blossom Quarter” and “Rapid Racer” have a sort of molten mania about them, surging along on an aural flying carpet of breakneck beats and cascading keyboards, chimes, and strings. But even at his most frenetic, Lone seems ...
Beirut: 'The Rip Tide'
Published 9/7/2011 at 10:33 a.m. 0 comments
Beirut’s third album, the extremely meticulous (and often achingly beautiful) The Rip Tide, clearly isn’t the work of a loner with his laptop.
Baring Teeth: 'Atrophy'
Published 8/31/2011 at 10:50 a.m. 0 comments
Metal just gets weirder and weirder as it expands, and that can only be a good thing.
Ganglians: 'Still Living'
Published 8/31/2011 at 10:34 a.m. 0 comments
There’s nothing too adventurous on display in any of these 12 tracks—mainly a lot of surf guitar, basic beats, and off-kilter hooks that gnaw away at your brain.
Disma: 'Towards the Megalith'
Published 8/10/2011 at 11:13 a.m. 0 comments
Towards the Megalith subverts most of the tiresome conventions of death metal. A throwback never sounded so fresh.
Published 8/10/2011 at 11:04 a.m. 0 comments
Upbeat doesn’t suit these guys well.
Gillian Welch and David Rawlings: 'The Harrow and the Harvest'
Published 8/3/2011 at 12:02 p.m. 0 comments
Early in her career, Welch’s image was as studiously dour and retro as her songs and music were, full of soldier’s joys and orphan girls. On her more recent albums, she has deigned to notice the 20th century, and her ...
The War on Drugs: 'Slave Ambient'
Published 8/3/2011 at 11:57 a.m. 0 comments
On its second album, Philadelphia trio the War on Drugs rummages through classic rock’s dusty old attic like grannies clean-sweeping a church garage sale.
Washed Out: 'Within and Without'
Published 7/27/2011 at 11:37 a.m. 0 comments
Ernest Greene isn’t trying anything radically new on Within and Without, typically working the trademarks of his genre: spaced-out beats, mega-reverb, ’80s-styled synths and samplers working silky chord progressions underneath obscured vocal fragments.
Crystal Antlers: 'Two-Way Mirror'
Published 7/27/2011 at 11:22 a.m. 0 comments
Compared to 2009 debut Tentacles, Two-Way Mirror is much easier to stomach—which is basically the root of its problems.