Written by Kurt Klopmeier Wednesday, 09 December 2009 00:00
The band is at its best when it slows down, mutes the drums and turns out some sexy, smooth and seductive bossa nova/soul that wouldn't be out of place next to Al Green or Curtis Mayfield.
Written by Corey Woodruff Wednesday, 09 December 2009 00:00
The show grows more each year, but it is still all-local talent.
Written by Jason Green Tuesday, 08 December 2009 00:00
But what’s missing isn’t the heavy metal fury: it’s the funny.
Written by Jason Green Monday, 07 December 2009 00:00
Ten years is a long time to wait for an album. But despite its long gestation period, Hot Wax is not Chinese Democracy—while not exactly tossed-off, it's definitely not an overwrought, over-thought mess.
Written by Pete Timmermann Friday, 04 December 2009 00:00
What Will We Be plays like a watered-down version of Banhart's prior work.
Written by Laura Hamlett Tuesday, 01 December 2009 00:00
It's dance-y, it's fun, it's retro and current and maybe a little boy band-ish.
Written by Jim Ousley Wednesday, 25 November 2009 00:00
Strong enough to make both fans and detractors want to rock and roll over, the Paul Stanley-produced disc is just what the doctor ordered.
Written by Michael Morlaine Monday, 23 November 2009 00:36
Along with the basic instrumentation of post-rock, Caspian appears to have inherited the genre’s typical long-windedness.
Written by Kurt Klopmeier Thursday, 19 November 2009 07:54
Written by Laura Hamlett Saturday, 14 November 2009 16:16
Somehow, almost every song here seems a favorite in its own right.
Written by Laura Hamlett Saturday, 14 November 2009 16:14
One listen to the first song, "Detroit," and I thought I was in love.
Written by Laura Hamlett Saturday, 14 November 2009 16:12
I'll have to admit, I don't find Church's voice to be especially strong.
Written by Laura Hamlett Saturday, 14 November 2009 16:10
At some point, it had to happen. Shoegaze had to grow up, grow a set, adapt.
Written by Willie E. Smith Friday, 13 November 2009 09:41Make an evening of it -- go to the Firebird and witness a master craftsman at work.
Written by Mike Rengel Wednesday, 11 November 2009 09:43The Twilight Sad have an unparalleled aptitude for freezing small, specific moments in time.
Written by Mike Rengel Wednesday, 11 November 2009 09:04Sick of Sarah nails the straightforward appeal of radio friendly pop in the vein of Michelle Branch but strips away all banality with a centrifuge of confidence, replacing it with stout Upper Midwestern heart.
Written by Jennifer Manjarez Thursday, 05 November 2009 15:10
Even after years of mastering unique beats and unconventional sounds, Tiesto is still trying his hand at something new.
Written by Sarah Boslaugh Thursday, 05 November 2009 15:06
The location is specific but the stories are universal.
Written by Michael Morlaine Thursday, 29 October 2009 14:55
The film's retro affectations permeate every aspect of the soundtrack.
Written by Jim Ousley Tuesday, 27 October 2009 14:53
You may be as surprised as I was at this transplanted Aussie's California sunshine-inspired tracks.
Written by John Shepherd Tuesday, 27 October 2009 14:51
"It turns out I had mistakenly sent the text directly to Britt Daniels, because those two B names were right next to each other."
Written by Jason Green Tuesday, 27 October 2009 12:25
"Why then," you ask, "are you reviewing this CD, smart guy? Aren't you the guy in charge of the comic book section or something?"
Written by Jason Green Tuesday, 27 October 2009 08:13
Shonen Knife's bubblegum punk attack is still very much in full effect from the get-go.
Written by Christopher Sewell Friday, 23 October 2009 03:36
In and Out of Control is a solid effort by The Raveonettes and one of their best records to date.
Written by Laura Hamlett Friday, 23 October 2009 03:34
Ryan Jarman really stretches his voice on this offering. It's still recognizable, but he's singing more, reaching new ranges, holding notes longer.
Written by Laura Hamlett Friday, 23 October 2009 03:32
On the whole, this is a mellow one, kids; Vehicles and Animals is a long, long time ago, and not one we'll be soon revisiting.
Written by Laura Hamlett Friday, 23 October 2009 03:27
It's an enjoyable ride (while it lasts), full of jangly, upbeat beats.
Written by Willie E. Smith Friday, 23 October 2009 03:24
Beginnings like this were a rare find around these parts, 'cause the tendency was for the talent to leave the nest and head for the coasts ASAP.
Written by Amy Burger Thursday, 22 October 2009 07:03After more than 40 years playing together and apart, the duo just released their first boxed set.
Written by Laura Hamlett Tuesday, 20 October 2009 13:28
From the first song to the tenth, these are richly layered, deeply affecting numbers; listening, you often feel the confidante to a close friend.
Written by Jason Green Friday, 16 October 2009 04:32
That isn't to say that this is an all-time classic like Violent Femmes or Hallowed Ground: the peaks aren't nearly that high, but the complete lack of valleys is cause for celebration.
Written by Michele Ulsohn Wednesday, 14 October 2009 13:09
Their 2006 self-titled full-length debut sold over 10,000 copies in its first month...without the promotion or distribution of a major label.
Written by Kevin Renick Tuesday, 13 October 2009 13:01
Little time is wasted on Sissy Wish's Beauties Never Die; the album zips by in a flash, and it has a confidence in both the performance and production that gives it real muscle.
Written by Laura Hamlett Friday, 09 October 2009 15:30
Don't feel ashamed if you're inclined to hit the "repeat" button and listen to the whole disc all over again; this is one that stands up to repeated (and repeated) listens.
Written by Willie E. Smith Thursday, 08 October 2009 15:22
The growth and maturation of his talents shine on "Holding Out," the second track on the set, a piano-based tune Joe Jackson could have released in his prime.
Written by Willie E. Smith Thursday, 08 October 2009 15:10
Taken together, Skyscraper Crow is a shared, intimate experience.
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