Written by Sam Levy Wednesday, 11 April 2007 14:10
For every Otis Redding and Aretha Franklin there are a hundred Syl Johnsons, a big name if you know soul, a "No, I don't think I ever heard of him," if you don't.
Written by James Nokes Monday, 09 April 2007 15:42
A blend of live DJ sets, band performance, and cabaret in an irresistible show of dance beats and theatricality
Written by James Nokes Monday, 09 April 2007 15:33
Auroras don't come with soundtracks, but if listeners could imagine themselves in Alaska staring at an iridescent sky, this would be the music playing in the background.
Written by James Nokes Monday, 09 April 2007 15:28
20-year-old Dave Mehling takes on the indie circuit with the help of his late uncle's battered Gibson guitar
Written by James Nokes Monday, 09 April 2007 15:24
Not far off, but not quite there yet, a look at another for Cave and Cohency
Written by James Nokes Monday, 09 April 2007 15:18
What listeners have with Summary is a raw, uncensored cut of what could certainly use some severe translation
Written by James Nokes Monday, 09 April 2007 15:14
A satisfying mix of discordant sounds, slurry lyricism, and frenetic chords
Written by James Nokes Monday, 09 April 2007 15:08
Jerk-funk candy fantasias with a dollop of homoeroticism
Written by David Lichius Monday, 09 April 2007 14:56
With ex-HV comrades Manolo Turner on drums and Travis Nelson handling the guitar duties, Other Men have turned away from the fractured and discordant heaviness of HV in favor of a decidedly more poppy and compact style.
Written by Jason Green Monday, 09 April 2007 14:50
The band's self-produced, self-released third album makes it clear that Minibar never needed a big label in the first place.
Written by Dave Jasmon Monday, 09 April 2007 14:42
Kings of Leon still sound like no one else, mostly due to Caleb's literally instrumental vocals, but this is their first effort to see such decided growth.
Written by Amanda Pelle Sunday, 08 April 2007 10:13
Carey's radio-ready persona projects more than just a voice that could melt Antarctica; his boy-next-door baby face will surely win the hearts of a captivated audience in this eye-candy infatuated musical era.
Written by Bob McMahon Sunday, 01 April 2007 14:19
As on past releases, Serengeti is alternately political, abstract, hilarious, and goofy. He sounds equally convincing rapping cynical critiques as he does silly witticisms.
Written by Pete Wissinger Wednesday, 28 March 2007 14:54
Levy has taken the atmosphere of Belle and Sebastian's If You're Felling Sinister and combined it with the feelings of the kid who got picked last for kickball.
Written by Kevin Renick Wednesday, 28 March 2007 14:52
Havnevik has the touch, apparently, but knowing the little details about her past hardly prepares you for the vibrant, gorgeous sound of her debut.
Written by Amanda Pelle Wednesday, 28 March 2007 14:29
At best, Taglieri's musical abilities, especially those portrayed in "Wide Awake & Dreaming," the album's namesake, might be suitable for a modern church choir.
Written by Dave Jasmon Wednesday, 28 March 2007 14:23
One only needs to look to the masterful construction of "However Many Takes It Takes" to see that Heidinger feels the genre in his bones, as his learned tone confidently suggests that Vandaveer is worth a listen, that his stories are worth being heard.
Tuesday, 27 March 2007 13:37
In celebration of the group's 40th anniversary, Epic/Legacy Records has deemed it the right time to reissue Sly & The Family Stone's seven LPs, with the usual digital re-mastering, revised liner notes, and bonus tracks included. These new CD packages provide a thorough look at the birth and death of Sly Stone's American dream.
Written by Jason Green Monday, 26 March 2007 13:45
"On Your Level," the second track on Never Been Better, has the underdog anthem qualities of classic Replacements, Matt Marka singing in a rough-throated howl over guitars that have the wild fury of Bob Stinson but the lo-fi buzz of Hüsker Dü-era Bob Mould.
Written by Kevin Renick Monday, 26 March 2007 08:43
Pocket Symphony is eminently listenable, as long as you're not expecting to rock out or looking for retreads of "Moon Safari."
Written by Dave Jasmon Monday, 26 March 2007 08:25
Hammond proves plenty capable, suggesting that it may be time for Casablancas to loosen the band's collaborative strings.
Written by Dave Jasmon Friday, 23 March 2007 03:48
While Bird's live performances serve as a landscape for rewriting his songs, as well as artistic experimentation, the 33-year-old Illinoisan has found stability in the studio, a place where his beauteous forms and melodies come to harbor.
Written by Dave Jasmon Friday, 23 March 2007 03:37
On "Parting of the Sensory," a sleepy acoustic is held up by rhythmic claps before jumping into a hoot-and-holler romp, and "We've Got Everything" employs Mercer's yelp to bring the album's most danceable song a little light-hearted charm.
Wednesday, 21 March 2007 15:24
Admittedly they have dropped some rather forgetful releases in their history, but picking out which records are their worst (my vote goes for 2002's TA) is liable to stir up arguments voicing the exact opposite opinion. Also, simply describing the band without disagreements is a true rarity. Welcome to the world of the Trans Am fan.
Wednesday, 21 March 2007 15:12
The pair have sold millions of records between them, Shaw as the singer/guitarist of Styx and the writer of all that band's best songs ("Renegade," for example) and Blades as the singer/bassist of hair band giants Night Ranger, but neither has had a hit since 1 B.C. (Before Cobain), making a grasp at recapturing their glory with a covers album pretty much an inevitability.
Wednesday, 21 March 2007 14:58
If his new band's debut album is any indication, Blink bassist Mark Hoppus didn't take the breakup all that well. "Please understand/ This isn't just goodbye/ This is I can't stand you" he wails on the dark "No, It Isn't."
Wednesday, 21 March 2007 14:43
Refreshingly, the Greencards are neither hidebound by bluegrass traditions nor divorced from them. Combining Anglo and American, folk and popular, the separate influences upon their sound are apparent but never dominant.
Wednesday, 21 March 2007 14:36
Released much later than originally anticipated, the Noisette's first LP is a truly a priceless pearl embedded into a normal-looking oyster.
Wednesday, 21 March 2007 14:31
Their undeniable talent gives them accessibility to a plethora of musical opportunities.
Wednesday, 21 March 2007 14:25
Lead singer Michael Shepard confusingly ooohs and aaahs for about a minute, then returns to the chorus.
Wednesday, 21 March 2007 14:19
I like it in the way I like Green Day: it's OK to listen to once or twice, but after that, I get a little overwhelmed by the brutality of what might have otherwise been a perfectly soothing song.
Wednesday, 21 March 2007 14:14
Many Sound of Silver songs have strong lyrical content, which is pretty impressive for a dance-punk album, and an improvement from the debut - though don't expect poetry.
Wednesday, 21 March 2007 14:09
The album starts off with its best song, "Glueman," a fantastic Fender Rhodes-driven number that bops along, getting progressively better as it goes. In this writer's opinion, this was one of the best singles of last year.
Wednesday, 21 March 2007 14:04
It's tasteful but not terribly innovative; sweet but never cloying; endearing and enjoyable.
Written by Paul John Little Monday, 12 March 2007 03:02
Neon Bible is to the '00s what Radiohead's OK Computer was to the '90s. Quite simply, it captures the zeitgeist as only a few pieces of popular music have ever managed to do.
Written by Kevin Renick Sunday, 11 March 2007 11:17
The nice balance between the clean guitars and Zac Young's cool drumming on "No Stars" serves as a perfect setting for Taylor's soft, organically pure voice.
Written by Dave Jasmon Friday, 02 March 2007 09:08
Imagine if Oasis and the Libertines had a baby, and that baby didn't think he was the greatest thing in the world. That baby would probably like Hats Off to the Buskers.
Written by Dave Jasmon Friday, 02 March 2007 09:02
The Fratellis embrace what most young bands try so hard to ignore: their hooky instincts.
Written by Laura Hamlett Monday, 26 February 2007 14:17
"It makes me feel free to do anything," Woomble sings on "Every Line of a Long Moment," and I can't help but think, yes, that's what a good song will do.
Written by C. Saathoff Monday, 26 February 2007 14:13
...a guitar-rocker laced with social and political commentary that continues right where 2005's Okemah and the Melody of Riot left off.
Written by Amy Burger Monday, 26 February 2007 14:02
The opening song, "Play This," is a real departure from Williams' generally laid-back, "jammy" sound, with a punk-inspired, hard guitar opening and funky, Flea-like bass riffs throughout.
Written by Dave Jasmon Monday, 26 February 2007 13:41
The clearest candidate for a universal favorite lies in the Johannsson-sung "It's Alright," an acoustic-driven piece built around smooth, echoing vocals, harmonic expansion, and beautifully sincere lyrics.
Written by Amanda Pelle Monday, 26 February 2007 13:36
"Faithful and blind/ You finish me off like a sentence."
Written by Kaylen Hoffman Monday, 26 February 2007 13:32
"Audience Reaction" has the quaint thoughts of, "If you go down on me/ I'll go down on you." So not the cute lyrics I was expecting. At all.
Written by Dave Jasmon Saturday, 24 February 2007 09:34
These five Pennsylvanian dudes are musically old souls, Cro-magnons in the midst of their psychedelic peers.
Written by David Lichius Wednesday, 21 February 2007 03:32
While Hella's previous output of no-wave guitar/drum weirdness had enough elbow room for some well-placed chirping, having Aaron Ross on the microphone full time has resulted in a major shift in the band's song structure.
Written by Aaron Brummet Wednesday, 21 February 2007 03:01
While there are no extreme departures from their bouncy modern rock norm, nearly every track shows hints of evolution.
Written by Kevin Renick Wednesday, 21 February 2007 02:52
8. Golden Ball won the Philadelphia City Paper 2005 Choice award for "Best Weird Band." I'm inclined to give them that same commendation right now.
Written by Laura Hamlett Wednesday, 21 February 2007 02:44
we play danceable, shed rehearsed guitar music. we like to dance, drink, draw, pretend to be on a mobile phone whilst we are not, write songs, dance.
Written by Kevin Renick Wednesday, 21 February 2007 02:37
Are "pounding drums" and "squiggly synth sounds" what come from long hours contemplating the hidden mysteries of space and particulate matter?
Written by Aaron Brummet Wednesday, 21 February 2007 02:34
Shara Worden's voice could be put on top of Gilbert Gottfried and a pack of dying howler monkeys and still sound five steps past amazing.
Written by Laura Hamlett Sunday, 18 February 2007 06:51
Miller's just a kid, really, and he's working with former Atlantic Records president Ron Shapiro, among others. And I like him anyway.
Written by Laura Hamlett Sunday, 18 February 2007 06:03
With Four Winds EP, Bright Eyes' first new release since the double infusion, the multifaceted Conor Oberst has chosen sides in a resolute way.
Written by Laura Hamlett Sunday, 18 February 2007 05:17
Owen's latest CD is everything you've come to expect from Kinsella, and more. It's even more understated, if that's possible, with richly woven strings and chords backing Kinsella's frail yet competent vocals and revealing tales.
Written by Laura Hamlett Sunday, 18 February 2007 04:20
"Save Yourself," aside from being catchy as all hell, features some of the sweetest vocals this side of Jeff Buckley.
Written by Elizabeth Feldman Tuesday, 13 February 2007 04:49
From beginning to end, the record feels as though it is taking you on a ride where you stop at just about every musical genre available, leaving you dizzy as it lets you off, fumbling to find your footing.
Written by James McAnally Tuesday, 13 February 2007 04:43
Plays is a world of its own, where digital noise, cut-up collage, and accordion circles collide.
Written by Dave Jasmon Tuesday, 13 February 2007 04:37
His free spirit, throwback sensibilities, and unspoken respect for those who made him are all promises of a nostalgic growth that is all too welcome in a generation of egoist talking heads.
Written by Kevin Renick Tuesday, 13 February 2007 04:30
"In a trance, in a trance/ I could dance this night away," sings Meisfjord, and with texture-embedded beats like this, so could most listeners.
Written by Bob McMahon Tuesday, 06 February 2007 15:55
Combining a knack for catchy melodies with a passionate performance and lyrics never too far removed from traditional rock subject, the Visitors should appeal to any garage rock enthusiast with their just-under-30-minutes, self-titled album.
Written by Dave Jasmon Tuesday, 06 February 2007 14:57
Touting their divergence from cut-and-paste radio rock, the Upright Animals form echoing, deeply cosmic ballads, anchored by suspended vocals and peppered with the subtly expansive merging of concise, space-rock guitar.
Written by Kaylen Hoffman Tuesday, 06 February 2007 14:53
As I listened, I was instantly transported to a grassy park, sitting on a blanket with my three closest friends, eating fresh fruit and laughing lightly as the sun shined down on our bare shoulders.
Written by Andrew Scavotto Tuesday, 06 February 2007 14:41
All of the 2006 hype has made Some Loud Thunder one of the most anticipated CDs of 2007, with critics and fans eager to see what singer/songwriter Alec Ounsworth will do with some exposure to fame and new resources. The result is a markedly more complicated, almost maniacal experiment in track layering and production.
Written by Bradley Terebelo Thursday, 01 February 2007 03:18
Distorted vocals and guitar? Check. Repetitive bass notes? Check. Mood-moving lyrics? Check.
Written by Jason Green Thursday, 01 February 2007 03:13
The biggest complaint to be lodged against this EP is that, at 24 minutes, it's far too short.
Written by Kevin Renick Thursday, 01 February 2007 03:09
David Gould, who previously played banjo for and led the Bootleg Remedy, must clearly be some sort of nonconformist genius, so gracefully does he buck trends and come up with his own version of life-affirming modern music.
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