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Delorean – Apar

Delorean – Apar

There’s been a fair deal made of changes to Delorean’s sound and approach on their new album – it’s a break-up album, it’s spare and analog, it’s more sophisticated than previous efforts. All of this may be true to varying degrees, but what most strikes me is how much it still sounds like Delorean. Production […]

Jake Bugg/Albert Hammond, Jr – Live at the Wiltern

Jake Bugg/Albert Hammond, Jr – Live at the Wiltern

LOS ANGLES —  At first glance, the crowd lined up around the block for Jake Bugg’s Friday night Wiltern concert could have been the same garden variety mall teens excited to see still un-tattooed Justin Bieber, say, five or so years ago. They looked that young. The baby-faced picture on the shirts and posters filling […]

Damien Jurado – Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son

Damien Jurado – Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son

It’s intimidating to review an artist whose decade-spanning history situates him as an underground iconoclast. It’s even more intimidating when Josh Tillman’s psychedelically dense essay on the socio-religious implications of Damien Jurado’s work that he passes off as a review of Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son is almost as famous as the album […]

Mutual Benefit – Love’s Crushing Diamond

Mutual Benefit – Love’s Crushing Diamond

As deceptively simple as Mutual Benefit is on tape, it’s crammed full of orchestral sentiment. What comes off at first listen as misplaced or irregular instrumentation is condensed in widescreen as a complete structure. Love’s Crushing Diamond is earnest in its picturesque quality; a not-so-quiet album that dabbles in the spectrum of loveliness and occasional beauty. […]

Son Lux – Lanterns

Son Lux – Lanterns

Son Lux’s “Lanterns” is like a handful of Pop Rocks. It seems simple enough in your hand, but the moment you take it in, it explodes with flavor, dimension, and life. It’s a record that stays with you. This is not an album for the faint of heart, but it does come with rewards for […]

Mogwai – Rave Tapes (Take 2)

Mogwai – Rave Tapes (Take 2)

“Further in the tape I came across another part that made me throw my headphones right off my head. I couldn’t believe what I heard. Led Zeppelin’s ‘Stairway to Heaven’ again was voted the most popular tune of rock’s history. Keep that in mind as I share this taped excerpt with you….” Mogwai have pulled […]

Mogwai – Rave Tapes (Take 1)

Mogwai – Rave Tapes (Take 1)

In a year that will see the release of many eagerly-anticipated efforts from artists both new and old, veteran post-rock group Mogwai have delivered a promising start with their eighth full-length album, Rave Tapes. Set to be released on January 21st under the Sub Pop, Rave Tapes stands as a testament to an experienced band devoted […]

Lily & Madeleine – Lily & Madeleine

Lily & Madeleine – Lily & Madeleine

It would be unfair to say Lily and Madeleine are completely without guile. The young sister act (Lily is in high school and Madeleine is a Freshman in college) certainly have the earnest quality of a duo performing at a church youth group talent show. Their guile, however, lies in how they understand the importance […]

Mindy Smith – Snowed In EP

Mindy Smith – Snowed In EP

The holiday season is one that’s typically described in a blur of red and green lights. Folks hustle and bustle to and fro from party to party and store to store in order to help bring the best holiday possible to their family and friends. And while those intentions are pure, it often comes at […]

Cumulus – I Never Meant It To Be Like This

Cumulus – I Never Meant It To Be Like This

I worry about the collective memory of musicians (though critics aren’t much better) – too quick to reference the recent band of renown instead of the founding fathers (or mothers, as it were). If we’re truthful, every answer to who influenced a band should be “James Brown,” but if we did that some dipshit would […]