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Priestess | Prior To The Fire
Tee Pee (2009)
Now Priestess are back in Indieland, rubbing denim-clad elbows with the likes of Nebula and Black Math Horseman.
| January 27, 2010
Laura Veirs | July Flame
Raven Marching Band (2010)
Thanks to the string of albums she's released over the past decade or so, this Portland-based folkie has cultivated a reputation as a gifted chronicler of the outdoor experience.
| January 19, 2010
Animal Collective | Fall Be Kind
This nifty little five-track postscript to January's celebrated Merriweather Post Pavilion demonstrates further how adept the members of Animal Collective have become at deploying their bottomless bag of electro-psych tricks in the service of songs.
| December 16, 2009
Big Star | Keep an Eye on the Sky
Like most Big Star fans, author Robert Gordon overheats a little in the biographical essay that accompanies this handsome four-disc box set.
| December 09, 2009
Rihanna | Rated R
Def Jam (2009)
Look, it’s not as if there were a song where she says, “Chris Brown, you chicken-shit motherfucker, your ass is gonna pay.”
| December 02, 2009
Annie | Don't Stop
Smalltown Supersound (2009)
Things have gotten pretty crowded in the electro-pop demi-monde since Annie released her indie-hit debut, Anniemal , back in 2004.
| November 17, 2009
Jackson 5 | I Want You Back! Unreleased Masters
If you’ve ever wondered how great it might be to hear a slowed-down version of “ABC” that lacks all the youthful charm of the original, this set of previously unreleased Jackson 5 recordings is for you.
| November 10, 2009
Nirvana | Live at Reading and Bleach
DGC/Sub Pop (2009)
Here in the Internet Age, we tend to think that we made possible the overnight transformation from blog-buzz baby to arena-rock idol.
| January 13, 2010
Pink Martini | Splendor in the Grass
The members of Portland’s Pink Martini have covered plenty of well-known songs in their decade and a half together, like “Que Sera, Sera” on their 1997 debut, and the theme from I Dream of Jeannie in their early live shows.
| October 30, 2009
Erin McKeown | Hundreds of Lions
Righteous Babe (2009)
This local folkie has spent the past few years sifting through the ample riches of the Great American Songbook, first on 2006’s excellent Sing You Sinners , then on Lafayette , a spirited follow-up taped live at Joe’s Pub in New York.
| October 21, 2009
Baroness | Blue Record
For a band of ultra-prosaic album titlers, Baroness are big thinkers when it comes to their music.
| October 14, 2009
Review: Whitney Houston | I Look to You
It's tempting to wonder whether super-producer Clive Davis, in another of his music-biz machinations, arranged for Whitney Houston to whiff last week on Good Morning America , which is reported to have altered Houston's vocals for broadcast after she sounded hoarse during her Central Park mini-concert.
| September 09, 2009
Jay Reatard | Watch Me Fall
Jay Reatard is the Lil Wayne of the Memphis garage-rock scene.
| August 25, 2009
Jack Peñate | Everything Is New
Not everything is new on Everything Is New , this young London singer's sophomore set, but enough is to make you wonder what on earth persuaded Jack Peñate to ditch the ample charms of his terrific debut.
| August 19, 2009
Review: Amanda Blank | I Love You
Like many a party person before her, Philly-based electro-rap filly Amanda Blank wants you to know that she has a sensitive side.
| August 11, 2009
Review: Howling Bells | Radio Wars
Australian dream-rock dudes (and dudette) toured North America earlier this year with Coldplay — and like Chris Martin's not-so-merry men, Howling Bells on their sophomore album attempt to dress up what might otherwise be a clutch of dour, namby-pamby white-person ditties with all manner of spicy studio-side textures.
| August 03, 2009
The Dead Weather | Horehound
Third Man (2009)
It's no coincidence that four of the 11 songs on the Dead Weather's debut — "I Cut like a Buffalo," "3 Birds," "Rocking Horse," and a cover of Bob Dylan's "New Pony" — make reference to the animal kingdom.
| July 22, 2009
Björk | Voltaic
As befits an artist who doesn't do much in the conventional manner, Voltaic is a live album unlike many you've heard before.
| July 07, 2009
The Jonas Brothers | Lines, Vines and Trying Times
For a group of guys who made their name as the boy band of whom no mom could disapprove, the Jonas Brothers have developed some pretty repellent ideas about the fairer sex. In what seems like every other song here, they whine about how crazy and needy and bitchy young women can be.
| June 23, 2009
Tiga | Ciao!
Last Gang (2009)
This Montreal-based electro-house dude made his name with slyly straight-faced covers of Nelly's "Hot in Herre" and Corey Hart's "Sunglasses at Night," and on his second studio disc, he doesn't appear hugely concerned that his original material should sound all that original.
| June 15, 2009
Busta Rhymes | Back on My B.S.
Universal Motown (2009)
Increasingly surrounded by Soulja Boys and Lil Waynes, Busta Rhymes has of late taken on the look of hip-hop's Father Time.
| June 02, 2009
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| March 24, 2013 at 11:09 AM
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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