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Wye Oak – Shriek

Wye Oak – Shriek

When a songwriter or band willfully ditches an element of their music that you appreciate – whether it’s phasing out of the genre upon which they made their name, or firing a valuable band member – it’s tempting to be petulant. On the one hand, it’s their prerogative (some might even say, their duty) to […]

Perfect Pussy – Say Yes to Love

Perfect Pussy – Say Yes to Love

Perfect Pussy has sure received a lot of attention awfully fast, but it speaks to the undeniable and blistering force of their music that their band name seemingly has little to do with it. One might even go so far as to suggest that they chose a distracting band name as a deliberate hurdle, like […]

Hospitality – Trouble

Hospitality – Trouble

Hospitality vocalist Amber Papini sometimes sings like an innocent little schoolgirl. However, the eclectic music this trio creates is by no means that of an inexperienced act. There’s a wide variety of sounds explored on this lovely new album. At this point in their young career, Hospitality doesn’t sound like they’ve decided upon a permanent […]

Kate Tucker & The Sons of Sweden – The Shape The Color The Feel

Kate Tucker & The Sons of Sweden – The Shape The Color The Feel

Kate Tucker & the Sons of Sweden are re-emerging. It’s been years since her last release, and the intervening time has been raucously transitional: a new city, a new band lineup, a new approach to creating a record. Tucker and co. have attracted a fair amount of media attention by adopting the Kickstarter approach to […]

Hammock – Oblivion Hymns

Hammock – Oblivion Hymns

When the ambient standard-bearers Stars of the Lid played live this past December with the Wordless Music Orchestra in (what else?) a big church in Brooklyn, it was their first live show in New York in roughly four years. It has been even longer since their last official release, And Their Refinement of the Decline, […]

Wild Beasts – Present Tense

Wild Beasts – Present Tense

Wild Beasts fill in some subtle, important gaps in the musical landscape. Temporarily leaving aside the distinctiveness of their tastefully restrained and potent approach to electronic music, Wild Beasts are frank and unusually thoughtful about their libidinous ways. You don’t have to look too hard at modern mainstream music to find examples of artists across […]

Doug Keith – Pony

Doug Keith – Pony

Last year, on the song “I’m From Nowhere,” Neko Case sang, “I remember the 80s/ I remember it’s puffy sleeves.” It’s not a song about nostalgia, it’s a song about the boredom that comes from playing in a touring band and being “on the road for 21 days” and still feeling lucky to be alive. It’s a intimate notion, […]

La Luz – It’s Alive

La Luz – It’s Alive

Musical styles can migrate, like birds. It doesn’t happen all at once, a song here, a band there, but given some time to marinate, what was the groove in one place (if it’s any good) will find a foothold somewhere else. We all know about grunge and Seattle, it’s a story well told, but in […]

Various Artists – This Is The Town: A Tribute to Nilsson, Vol. 1

Various Artists – This Is The Town: A Tribute to Nilsson, Vol. 1

For the purpose of full disclosure, before digging in for this review I knew very little about Harry Nilsson. (Embarrassing, I know) I only that he was a respected musical figure and one I felt I needed to investigate further. I knew the hits, such as “Everybody’s Talkin’” from the movie Midnight Cowboy and the […]

Foster the People – Supermodel

Foster the People – Supermodel

In 2011, the indie pop trio Foster The People bursted onto the scene with the undeniably catchy album Torches. Song after song, melody after melody, line after line felt like the album a 10 year veteran would release at the height of their maturity and songwriting. Torches was nominated for three different Grammy Awards, and […]