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Neil Young inspires a chill new wave
Over six decades, Neil Young's musical expression has expanded beyond the rock and roll of his nascent years and the folk-rock that brought him his initial burst of renown.
| November 08, 2012
How To Dress Well | Total Loss
To the casual ear, there might not be a dramatic difference between Tom Krell's debut album (2010's Love Remains) and Total Loss, his potent new collection of ethereal hymns.
| September 12, 2012
Frank Ocean | Channel Orange
Def Jam (2012)
Since the ’80s, when R&B began to lean more heavily on the candid bling-and-booty-centric tropes championed by its plain-speaking hip-hop cousins, the music’s subtlety, nuance, and imagination have faded.
| July 24, 2012
Chromatics | Kill For Love
Italians Do It Better (2012)
Chromatics fans have become very familiar with the sensation of anticipation, almost to the point of numbness.
| April 24, 2012
Cubic Zirconia | Follow Your Heart
Fool's Gold (2011)
Tiombe Lockhart has been hustling her hot vocal talents for an indie-neo-soul minute now, dropping arresting guest spots with PPP, Waajeed, and Kingdom.
| October 25, 2011
Balam Acab | Wander/Wonder
Tri Angle (2011)
"Witch house" isn't the best tag for an act to get saddled with straight out of the gate, and when Balam Acab's first EP, See Birds, dropped about a year ago, that term had less of its current flash-in-the-pan feel.
| September 27, 2011
Chromatics | Night Drive
Italians Do It Better (2010)
Independent Italo-disco throwback record label Italians Do It Better is rooted as deeply in punk-rock DIY as it is in dance 12-inches from the '70s and drugged-out '80s club-night afterparties.
| November 16, 2010
How To Dress Well | Love Remains
Lefse Records (2010)
In the dreamy, spacious world of How To Dress Well (one-man band Tom Krell), everything is light: the tone, the production, the vocals, the touch of each aural element.
| November 02, 2010
Salem | King Night
In the beginning, there was Screw: the DJ from Houston whose slow and stuttering technique spawned a new musical subgenre.
| October 19, 2010
Chromeo | Business Casual
As far as genres go, the '80s-influenced synth-pop revival is a modestly populated one.
| September 22, 2010
Review: Camu Tao | King of Hearts
Fat Possum (2010)
Using hip-hop tools to create pop isn't a new tactic, but it's not often done well, or even notably.
| September 07, 2010
Doom | Born Like This
It's been more than three years since the infamous masked rap anti-hero Doom dropped an album — a long time for any musician, and an eternity in the mercurial, often fickle world of hip-hop.
| April 21, 2009
Roots Manuva | Slime and Reason
Big Dada/Ninja Tune (2008)
The richest fruit of British rap’s gestation period is the growing catalogue of Roots Manuva.
| October 15, 2008
The Greatest Story Ever Told | Motown
It would be a stronger statement if it weren’t for the conflicting cornerstones of conscientious-rapper soapboxing and standard-issue gangsta themes he’s laid at its foundation.
| July 22, 2008
Fancy Footwork | Vice
It’s no surprise that their sweet sophomore-sleeper-turned-instant-classic is being reissued with extras.
| July 01, 2008
Absolute Value | Fat Beats
One of the hallmarks of Akrobatik’s style has always been his sincerity.
| February 26, 2008
Nostalgialator | Definitive Jux
“Fuck it, it’s a mind set,” Mike Ladd notes amid a dense verbal and aural barrage titled “Trouble Shot.”
| January 28, 2008
Oi Oi Oi | Last Gang
Aficionados and connoisseurs of dance music qua dance music will find Oi Oi Oi a potent, concentrated dose of the undiluted pure stuff.
| January 07, 2008
Gangsta Grillz: The Album | Atlantic
The West Coast is conspicuously under-represented.
| December 26, 2007
† | Vice
Vice like the magazine or Vice like Miami?
| August 20, 2007
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Mo Takes His Turn
March 21, 2013 at 12:59 PM
[Q&A] KMFDM's Sascha Konietzko on art, Columbine and having balls
On The Download
| March 18, 2013 at 3:22 PM
See this film series: The Belmont World Film Series @ Studio Cinema in Belmont
Outside The Frame
| March 18, 2013 at 11:00 AM
See this film: This is Spinal Tap [with post-film talk by expert from Acoustical Society of America] @ the Coolidge
March 17, 2013 at 12:00 PM
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