Albums

Vampire Weekend: Vampire Weekend

A debut record like Vampire Weekend’s has a lot of stigmas attached to it. Like most bands from New York City, they seemed to have emerged from out of nowhere, and while it appears that they have the wind to th...

Various Artists: Pagan Fire

There’s been an upward swing in recent years in the brand of metal that incorporates Viking and pagan mythology into its sweeping, battles-and-explosions lyrics. The music is generally rooted in death/black met...

Taint: Secrets And Lies

When you load in a CD and see track titles such as “Corpse Of Love” and “Barnstorm Zombie Revival,” it’s hard not smile at the B- horror-movie-esque cheesy brutality. Unfortunately, these tracks themselves are ...

Shelby Lynne: Just A Little Lovin’

On her new album, Shelby Lynne has taken on the daunting task of paying tribute to the memory of Dusty Springfield. It is nearly impossible to top the original versions of these songs from Springfield’s reperto...

Nada Surf: Lucky

I don’t always connect with a record after one listening. That’s why I make it a point to listen to each album that I review at least three times before I write a word. There have been several occasions when th...

Marah: Angels Of Destruction

“Angels Of Destruction, the Angel of Redemption’s got you beat,” proclaims Dave Bielanko on the title track of Marah’s latest album. And those aren’t the only angels to be found here. There are Angels of Mercy,...

Hermano: …Into The Exam Room

If there were any odds going on what would be 2008’s first sure bet, …Into The Exam Room was closer to even money than any other release in January. And with good reason: the John Garcia (Kyuss) side project...

Morglbl: Grotesk

Upon first listen, it’s fairly easy to dismiss Mörglbl as another small group of talented but otherwise uninspired instrumental jammers that extend into jazz, funk and rock, who are solely looking to create str...

Contrarian: Minor Complexities

There’s a certain curve to symphonic-leaning prog-rock, as it’s usually a bit heady and nearly always indulgent. Whether it’s homegrown or from established rock icons, those characteristics are ubiquitous, but ...

Wu-Tang Clan: 8 Diagrams

It is commonly recognized how pain and loss can inspire the best art. In the case of Wu-Tang Clan, the loss of Ol’ Dirty Bastard in 2004 was just cause for The RZA—a.k.a. The Abbot, Bobby Digital, Zigzag—to reu...
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